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 Biodiversity Round is now open!

The final round, the Biodiversity Round, opens 9am Friday 19 August and closes 5pm Monday 3 October 2022. Funding up to $50,000 is available per project!

We are hosting a live information webinar to provide detailed information on the Fund, successful applications, how to apply and answer any of your questions. The Biodiversity Round is your final opportunity to apply. To register, click here.

If you would like to register your interest in the Volunteering Innovation Fund, please provide your details here.

In addition, we want to empower young people aged 18-29 all over Victoria to become champions for nature by creating innovative answers to challenges facing Victoria’s natural environment. The Youth Volunteering for Nature program is also open and receiving applications. For information on the Youth Fund click here.

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