Fish habitat improvement fund

In 2022, the Victorian Government announced a commitment of $2.5 million dollars to improve fish habit across Victoria’s marine, estuarine and freshwater fisheries as part of its Go Fishing Victoria plan.

The Fish Habitat Improvement Fund supports two streams:

Stream 1. Empowering recreational fishers to improve local fish habitat (community led projects up to $50,000 and up to 18 months in duration):

These projects will deliver small-scale works to improve local fish habitat works alongside waterways such as native vegetation planting, weed control, erosion control, fencing (to keep livestock out) on public or private land. This stream will help recreational fishers get involved, build capacity and establish partnerships with other fish habitat partners and land managers.

Stream 2. Partnerships to address critical fish habitat priorities: working together to restore, recover and rebuild fish populations (up to $200,000 over 2 years).

This stream will deliver larger-scale projects involving multiple partners and strong co-investment to restore, recover fish habitat and contribute to rebuilding fish populations. Applicants for this stream will require advanced project management capacity, leadership and connections with recreational fishers and other relevant stakeholders.

Who can apply?

The following government and non-government organisations with strong links to recreational fisher networks are eligible to apply for Fish Habitat Improvement funding:

  • Catchment Management Authorities
  • Local, regional, and state-wide angling organisations and associations
  • Local Councils
  • Water Authorities
  • Other NRM agencies
  • Aboriginal groups and organisations, land councils,
  • trusts and co-operatives working on-country
  • Non-government community organisations
  • Crown Land Committees of Management
  • Registered Training Organisations, including schools and universities

Key Dates

Stream 1 grants will open on 25 October 2023 and remain open until the funding is allocated.

Keep an eye out for more information regarding Stream 2 grants.

Conditions and Guidelines

Prior to developing an application, please read the guidelines

Application Process

Application forms are available via the below links.  Project variation requests, progress reports and Acquittals for each program can also be accessed via these links:

Access your application for stream 1 here

Access your application for stream 2 here

Frequently Asked Questions

Further Information & Who to Contact

For further information please email:

Or call Andrew Briggs: 0427 018 406.

Be sure to contact your local Catchment Management Authority or Melbourne Water for local advice on your project idea.