Fishing and camping improvement grants round open

16 September 2021

The Victorian Government is urging recreational anglers and campers to share ideas with their local councils as applications open for a new funding program to improve facilities and infrastructure.

The Recreational Fishing and Camping Facilities Grant Program contributes $1.7 million in grants to local councils to deliver successful project applications.

Through the Recreational Fishing and Camping Facilities Grant Program, locals and visitors will also receive more opportunities to fish in our rivers and along our coastline.

The program also aligns with the Victorian Government’s $35 million plan to get more people fishing more often, with groups and local councils already able to apply for funding from the VFA and Better Boating Victoria.

These grants are on offer to improve fish habitat, fish stocking, maintain or build facilities and infrastructure at popular fishing and boating locations.

Rolled out by the Victorian Fisheries Authority (VFA), the VFA is also support local councils throughout the process to ensure strong applications that relate directly to recreational fishing, boating, and camping.

Funded by the Commonwealth Government, submissions for the Recreational Fishing and Camping Facilities Grant Program are open, and applications will be accepted from councils until 3 December 2021.

For more information about the Recreational Fishing and Camping Facilities Grant Program or to find the online application form and guidelines, please visit

Quotes attributable to Minister for Fishing and Boating Melissa Horne

“We are supporting local councils come up with their best ideas as we know the valuable contribution recreational fishing and camping has to the state’s economy and local communities across Victoria.” 

“Fishing, camping and community groups should take this opportunity to discuss improvement projects with their councils so that the right projects receive funding where it is needed most.”