The Volunteering Innovation Fund is part of the Victoria’s Great Outdoors program, which seeks to get more Victorians, from all walks of life outdoors enjoying nature. Parks and forests in Victoria are supported by many passionate volunteers. The Volunteering Innovation Fund is building on this incredible work and inviting others to enjoy Victoria’s Great Outdoors through volunteering. Parks Victoria is looking for innovators, nature-lovers and community minded people to support, expand and diversify environmental volunteering.
The Volunteering Innovation Fund will award $2million in funding over three years, with the final round closing in 2023. Good innovation requires taking risks, trying something new or different. To excite people to volunteer, the Victorian Government is giving funding in two sizes: smaller amounts (up to $20,000) and larger (up to $50,000) so that your bold ideas for environmental volunteering can get off the ground. Successful applications will be those that create change, inspire volunteering, and leave a legacy.
We’ve received lots of great applications for community-led projects that consider new ways of volunteering in and for the environment. Vote on the most innovative and interesting projects that inspire you to volunteer for nature. To have your say, visit https://www.engage.vic.gov.au/volunteeringinnovationfund.
Online voting closes at 5pm on Thursday 12 August 2021
1. Register with Park Connect.
2. Apply to the Volunteering Innovation Fund.
3. Manage your Volunteering Innovation Fund Application/s.
Example Application 1Click here to download
Example Application 2Click here to download
Example Application 3Click here to download
Application QuestionsClick here to download
Tips to plan and build your application
Step-by-step guide to help answer all questions in the application
Advises when you need auspice support and the requirements
Outlines your requirement to engage with traditional owners and when to undertake cultural assessments
Outlines the options available for unsuccessful applications
Outlines the overarching requirements of successful applications
Step-by-step guide to answer all the project plan questions
Advises how, when and where to publicise your project
Outlines the requirements to vary your Agreement
Step-by-step guide to help close your project