The Water, Country and Community Program (WCCP) is supported by the Victorian Government’s commitment to better include Traditional Owners and Aboriginal Victorians in water planning, management, decision making and access opportunities.

Through the WCCP, funding is available for projects, research, and resources to start and/or continue to better understand, document and progress Aboriginal access and management requirements to water, for self- determined purposes.

The key objective of these grants is to support as many Traditional Owners and Victorian First Peoples as possible and will work towards delivering on the following objectives:

  • Recognise Aboriginal values and objectives of water
  • Include Aboriginal values and traditional ecological knowledge into water planning
  • Support Aboriginal access to water for economic development
  • Build capacity to increase Traditional Owner and Aboriginal Victoria’s participation in water management


Stage 2 of the Water, Country and Community Program has $1.8 million of funding available to lead projects, research or employ an Aboriginal Water officer (or equivalent) between June 2022 and June 2024. Applications can be submitted for grants of up to $200,000. Applications may include:

  • A grant for organisations to employ an Aboriginal Water Officer (or their equivalent). The application should be supported by a position description outlining how the role will support meeting the Water, Country, and Community objectives and enable self-determination.
  • A grant to lead projects or research aligning with the Water Country and Community objectives and support Aboriginal self-determined water-related priorities.
  • A combination of the above.

Who can apply?

The WCCP Stage 2 grants provides funding to support Traditional Owners and Victorian First Peoples, who were not funded during WCCP Stage 1, to start or continue projects to better understand, document and progress Aboriginal access and management requirements to water, for self-determined purposes.

The following organisations or individuals can apply for funding:

  • Traditional Owners
  • Victorian First Peoples
  • Aboriginal-controlled Organisations

Additional requirements

In addition, to be eligible for funding applicants must:

  • be located/based in Victoria;
  • be a registered incorporated body, compliant cooperative or association (including business associations), or have a current Australian Business Number (ABN); and
  • Have public liability insurance ($10 million minimum) and personal accident insurance cover to safeguard volunteers and participants involved in the funded activities.

Applicants can partner with a group or organisation through an auspice arrangement to meet the requirements of an incorporated body, cooperative or association.

You will need to include an email or letter from your auspice (sponsor) in your application, showing that they agree to take on this responsibility. Find out more information on auspice agreements.

Eligible organisations may also choose to partner with a Catchment Management Authority for delivery of a project.


Applications open: 1 December 2021

Applications close: 10am AEDT 15 March 2022

Projects commence: June 2022

Early applications are encouraged. Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted to allow further information to be requested, if required.


Read the grant guidelines  (PDF, 1.8 MB)

Accessible version (DOCX, 175.8 KB)


Applications for Stage 2 of the Water, Country and Community Program are now closed.

Case studies

There are three case studies:

Barapa Barapa Wamba Wamba Water for Country project

Tati Tati Wadi Wadi delivers their Cultural Flows Management Plan

Taungurung, restoring water, restoring Country

View the full list of Stage One Grant recipients


For more information or assistance with these grants, please contact aboriginal.waterprogram@delwp.vic.gov.au