Environment Grants

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Council encourages community groups to submit ideas for projects that contribute towards environmental sustainability. Click here to find out other community grants and funding opportunities.

Check out this video to get inspired and find out about the sorts of projects that the Environment Grants can support:

Make it Happen - Hobsons Bay Recovery and Reconnection Grants 2021 (incorporating Community Environment Grants)

Applications open from 26 November 2020

The new Hobsons Bay Recovery and Reconnection grants program provides funding to support our community to ‘make things happen’ as we learn about, work through and adapt to the impacts experienced in our city as a result of Covid-19. As part of Council’s response to  Covid-19, this community grants program is bigger and bolder than ever before. It incorporates the environment grants and allows groups and organisations to apply for grants from $500 to $25,000. 

Make It Happen - Hobsons Bay Recovery and Reconnection Grants can provide support to enable activities, projects, programs, events and resources across all sectors including environment, sustainability, sport and recreation, arts and culture, health and wellbeing, multicultural, community and neighbourhood development, technology, projects by and for young people and more. It will continue to support projects that address climate change, increase water security and sustainable water management, protect and enhance biodiversity, reduce waste, promote composting, increase recycling, reduce litter and increase the use of active transport.

For guidelines and information about how to apply, please visit the Make it Happen – Hobsons Bay Recovery and Reconnection grants program webpage. You are also encouraged to contact Council's Environment Engagement Officer on 1300 179 944 or at sustainability@hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au to discuss your project ideas.

Past Community Environment Grants 

Since the Community Environment Grants began in 2015, over 50 grants of up to $2,000 each have been awarded. These have helped local people to undertake projects to support and enhance positive environmental outcomes for our community. The following are just some examples of projects that have been successful in securing funding:

  • Upcycling guitars for music education programs in Hobsons Bay  
  • Diverting broken toys for recycling and expanding the library collection with pre-loved toys
  • A two week biodiversity-focused exhibition
  • A bee-keeping and education program
  • Gardening for Life program
  • ‘To High School and Beyond’ sustainability project
  • Sustainable and water wise gardening program
  • ‘Fresh Thinking for Forgotten Food’ community workshops
  • Excursions to learn new skills to help care for the environment 
  • Climate Change Conversations project