The Virtual Centre for Climate Change Innovation (VCCCI) has been established to strengthen Victoria’s role as a climate change leader. The Centre will foster innovative approaches and collaboration between businesses, industry, researchers and government to help Victoria reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to climate change.

The Virtual Centre program includes three key projects:

The Victorian Government is providing $3.8 million for emissions reduction and/or climate change projects in Victoria.

The Climate Change Innovation Grants will support Victorian organisations to be local leaders in the development of innovative solutions to the challenges of climate change. The grants program is designed to:

  • foster action, innovation and collaboration between businesses, industry, researchers and government to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to climate change.
  • drive greater investment into high impact innovations that will enable our communities, environment and businesses to be prosperous in the face of climate change.

The program will be open to projects from across regional Victoria, Melbourne and surrounding areas.

Applications are encouraged from:

  • Local businesses
  • Research and industry focused organisations
  • Tertiary or vocational institutions
  • Community organisations
  • Non-government organisations
  • Local government in collaboration with other partners (i.e. community organisations, educational institutions or business)

The Climate Change Innovation Grants program opens 14 September and closes 30 November. All organisations interested in applying for grants are strongly encouraged to attend one of the Climate Change Innovation Marketplace Events.

Climate Change Innovation Grants Fact Sheet (PDF, 248.1 KB)

Media release: Local Solutions To Tackle Climate Change

Climate Change Innovation Grants support - contact details

RegionContact NamePhoneEmail
Barwon South WestRoss Martin(03) 5561
GippslandRobert Dimsey(03) 5152
GrampiansTimothy Hudspith(03) 5336
HumeEloise Seymour(02) 6043
Loddon MalleeGeoffrey Caine(03) 5430
Port PhillipShirley Diez(03) 9450

Climate Change Innovation Marketplace Events will be held across Victoria in September and October 2017 to provide more information on the Climate Change Challenge Innovation Grants.

The Victorian Government is a core partner of Climate KIC Australia.

Climate KIC Australia is a Knowledge Innovation Community (KIC) which brings a successful European Union model to Australia to drive innovative solutions to climate change challenges through collaboration with research, business, entrepreneurs, investors and government across jurisdictions. Climate KIC Australia will create opportunities to build skills, investment, jobs and workforce capability in clean energy and climate resilience.

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General enquiries:

Virtual Centre for Climate Change Project Manager: Sarah Price,