Thursday, 17 January 2019

The Andrews Labor Government is investing a further $1 million to help regional communities prepare for the real impacts of climate change.

The new Community Climate Change Adaptation (3CA) Grants program will fund local projects that build the adaptive capacity and resilience of regional communities in the face of a changing climate.

Member for Eastern Victoria Region, Harriet Shing, said grants of between $25,000 and $75,000 will be available for climate change adaptation projects in Gippsland.

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.

There is no predetermined allocation of funding per region, as the 3CA grants program is designed to support a range of project types with a spread of investment across the state.

Harriet Shing encouraged local groups in Gippsland to apply for the funding program, as the State Government supports regional Victoria in the fight against climate change.

Funding is available for two project categories:

  • Projects that build the adaptive capacity for communities and stakeholders to respond or adapt to climate change impacts in their region
  • Projects that deliver tangible actions that help our communities adapt to climate change impacts they are already facing.

The grants are being delivered under the State Government’s Supporting our Regions to Adapt program, which is funded by the Sustainability Fund. The Sustainability Fund was created in 2005 to help foster community action or innovation in relation to the adaptation to climate change in Victoria.

The application period closes March 31. To apply, visit:

Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio

“The Community Climate Change Adaptation (3CA) Grants are another example of how we’re delivering real action on climate change in regional Victoria by investing in smart, local projects that will help communities build thriving, sustainable futures.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Region, Harriet Shing

The Community Climate Change Adaptation Grants program is about backing local ideas and supporting resilient communities across Gippsland as we work to tackle and reduce climate change.”

“There is great work being done all over Gippsland to prepare for the impacts of climate change and we want to see this continue – these grants are another important step forward.”