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Apply for a South East Water Community Grant

Thanks for your interest in our Community Grants Program.

We’re proud to be supporting our community and environment by making important community projects and initiatives possible.

The grants are funded by a promise we made in our Five-Year Customer Commitment 2018–23 to support local communities impacted by sewer spills.

In the last 12 months, beaches were closed in Mount Eliza, Mornington, Black Rock and Brighton due to sewer spills. We encourage groups in and around these areas, and right across our service region, to apply.

Opening and closing dates

  • Applications are closed for the current rounds. Keep up to date with the Grants by visiting

Find out if you're eligible

Your group or organisation needs to operate within our service area to be eligible.

Your project or initiative also needs to demonstrate an environmental, cultural, educational or recreational connection to Port Phillip Bay and Western Port.

Here’s some examples of the types of groups that are eligible:
  • A group of friends who work to protect and enhance the natural environment surrounding the beach or waterways.
  • A Guides or Scouts group who use the bay for recreational activities.
  • Schools who visit the bay for recreational or educational activities.
  • Other community and charitable groups.

What we'll fund

Eligible community or charitable organisations can apply for grants of between $500 and $10,000 to fund:
  • Capital works
  • Events
  • Recreational/environmental programs

What to read before you apply

You’ll need to read the terms and conditions and FAQs.

You might also like to read the application questions before you apply. You can read the questions by clicking the tabs at the top of the application page after completing the ‘Eligibility’ page.

Start your application

It should take you about 30 minutes to complete your application.

Things to know:
  • You can save and go back to your application at any time before you submit it.
  • To save your application, click on the save button at the bottom of the application page and follow the instructions to save your work. Clicking this button won’t submit your application.
  • When you’re ready to submit your application click on the submit application button on the last page of the application.

We're here to help

We’re looking forward to working together to make our bays better and create places for our community to work, play and enjoy Melbourne’s world-famous liveability.

If you have any questions or need help completing the application form please email