The grants will enhance Victoria’s water security by funding projects that seek to make the best use of all water sources, such as stormwater, rainwater, and recycled water. These projects will support Victoria’s response to the challenges of climate change and population growth.

The program supports the implementation of the Integrated Water Management Framework for Victoria.

Importantly, the program will co-invest $14.1 million over three financial years (2021-22 to 2023-24) in projects that improve the resilience and liveability of Victoria’s cities and towns.

The program is open to all organisations that participate in the Integrated Water Management Forums, which include water corporations, catchment management authorities, local governments, Traditional Owner corporations, alpine resort management boards and water sector partners, including the Victorian Planning Authority.

The program also aims to support Traditional Owner-led projects through a separate funding path designed to reduce inequity, support self-determination and respect Traditional Owner decision-making processes and timelines.

The first round of competitive grants closed on 13 December 2021, with $6.8 million available for metropolitan Melbourne IWM Forum projects and $3.1 million available for regional IWM Forum projects. Announcement of the successful projects from that round will be made soon.

The next round of competitive funding is open to organisations which are members of the regional Integrated Water Management Forums only. This round opens on 2 May 2022 and closes on 7 June 2022 at 5pm.

Apply by one of the funding streams below:


For more information, please email

Page last updated: 27/09/22