Living Rivers September 2018 funding round now open!

Grant applications are now being accepted through Melbourne Water’s Living Rivers program. Funding is on offer to councils, as well as expertise and guidance to build understanding, skills and commitment to manage stormwater within an integrated water management approach. 

Approximately $3.2 million will be available to local governments for projects that improve the health of waterways and the bays, support the liveability of local places and enable thriving landscapes through sustainable stormwater management. 

Living Rivers are seeking projects that address:

  • improved understanding across the region of best practice stormwater management for improving waterway health
  • greener open spaces and landscapes through retention of stormwater in the soil
  • stormwater harvesting to reduce reliance on our drinking water supplies
  • water sensitive urban design to reduce localised flooding
  • improved amenity in our local communities through stormwater management 

As in previous rounds, a 1:1 co-funding commitment from your council is required. Collaboration between other partners, such as water retailers, developers and other authorities, is also encouraged. 

Councils within Melbourne Water's area of operations can apply to the Living Rivers Program for funding to run Clearwater’s Maintenance or Hold Points training in their council. Applicants will need to demonstrate their proposal meets the Living Rivers Program funding criteria, in particular how this training will deliver improved stormwater management, enhancing waterway and bay health.

To apply, please visit the Living Rivers website, or contact the team for more information. Submissions will close Wednesday 3 October, 2018.