The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) is delivering a small grants program to build resilience to climate change impacts through community-driven adaptation activities that address identified gaps and priorities in Victoria’s regions.

The 3CA Grants program will:

  • identify and support practical projects focused on adaptation activities with clear community benefit;
  • foster partnerships between communities, local governments and regional stakeholders on adaptation; and
  • generate and share lessons on good practice approaches to community adaptation.

The 3CA Grants program is part of the Victorian Government’s Supporting our Regions to Adapt initiative, a three-year program providing practical support for communities to prepare for the challenges of a changing climate. It supports outcomes from Victoria’s Climate Change Adaptation Plan 2017-2020.

Key dates

Applications open: Wednesday 16 January 2019

Applications close: 11:59pm Sunday 31 March 2019

What funding is available?

In total, the available funding for the 3CA Grants program is $1,000,000.

  • Grants between $25,000 to $75,000 will be awarded.
  • Projects must be completed no later than 31st December 2020.

Who can apply?

The 3CA Grants program provides funding for local communities to adapt to climate change impacts in their region of Victoria.

Eligible projects must either be led by, or implemented in partnership with, a local council, traditional owner corporation, community group, or not-for-profit organisation.

What type of projects might be funded?

This program will fund two categories of projects:

Building Adaptive Capacity

These projects will aim to build the capacity of communities or regions to better plan for, coordinate and deliver actions that support communities to adapt to current or future climate change impacts.

Delivering Adaptation Action

Delivering Adaptation Action projects will implement practical actions that will support communities and regions to adapt to current or future climate change impacts.

For more information on climate change impacts and climate change adaptation priorities and gaps in your region of Victoria please refer to the relevant Regional Climate Change Adaptation Snapshot Report.

Application guidelines

For more detailed information on the 3CA Grants Program, including on the project eligibility, grant assessment criteria, application process and funding conditions please refer to the 3CA Grant Funding Guidelines (PDF, 1.3 MB).

Are there FAQs for the grant program?

Yes! The Frequently Asked Questions document (PDF, 1.2 MB) should answer your questions.

Additional FAQs (PDF, 1.0 MB) were uploaded on 7 March 2019.

Information session

An information webinar was held about the 3CA Grants Program on Thursday, 14 February.

A recording of the webinar is available by registering and then logging in via the following link:

The presentation (PDF, 2.1 MB) from the webinar is also available.

Start an online application

To start a new application: visit DELWP’s grants online portal

To continue a saved application: revisit the portal