The Victorian Government has an exciting new opportunity to inspire ideas and encourage innovation by funding community-led projects that consider new ways of volunteering in and for the environment. Parks and forests in Victoria are supported and enhanced by a host of passionate volunteers. The Volunteering Innovation Fund is building on this incredible work and inviting everyone to enjoy Victoria’s Great Outdoors through volunteering.

The Volunteering Innovation Fund will award $2million in funding over four rounds, with the final round closing in 2022.

The Volunteering Innovation Fund is now closed.

Outcomes to the Biodiversity Round will be announced soon.

How to apply

1. Register with Park Connect.

2. Apply to the Volunteering Innovation Fund.

3. Manage your Volunteering Innovation Fund Application/s.


Make sure your idea meets the Funding Guidelines and addresses the Criteria.

Supporting Documents

Application Questions

Fillable word document to help draft responses for your application

Completing your Application (video)

Step by step video guide to answering all the application questions.


Fact Sheets

When applying:

Building your Application

Tips to plan and build your application

Applying for Funding

Step-by-step guide to help answer all questions in the application

Auspice of projects

Advises when you need auspice support and the requirements

Managing Country Together

Outlines your requirement to engage with Traditional Owners and when to undertake cultural assessments

Once submitted:

Unsuccessful Applications

Outlines the options available for unsuccessful applications

Successful Applications

Outlines the overarching requirements of successful applications

Completing your Project Plan

Step-by-step guide to answer all the project plan questions

Publicising Successful Projects

Advises how, when and where to publicise your project

Requesting a Variation

Outlines the requirements to vary your Agreement

Acquitting your Project

Step-by-step guide to help close your project