Water innovation projects – $15 million available

February 27, 2014

bg_logo_olvThe Office of Living Victoria is offering substantial grants for alternative water projects across the state from the Living Victoria Fund. At Urban Initiatives, we lead the way with innovative solutions to Water Sensitive Urban design and water recycling projects, and are happy to assist you with your water project.




Many of our projects have been successful in obtaining Melbourne Water funding to improve water quality and reuse. Working with a range of hydrological and ecological experts, Urban Initiatives are at the forefront of WSUD work. We love the combination of improving our green open spaces, while also cleaning our water, and improving the ecological values of urban sites.
Recent examples include Kubu River Hippopotamus Exhibit, Larissa Avenue Lake to Creek project, and the exciting new project the City of Yarra are undertaking at Church St Reserve, Burnley.



Information from the Office of Living Victoria:

Submissions are now open for Round Two of the Living Victoria Fund – the Victorian Government’s $50 million commitment to localised water innovation.

Up to $15 million is available in this round of funding and applications from across the State are encouraged. There is up to $3 million set aside for community/not-for-profit organisation projects and up to $5 million for projects in the regions.
The maximum contribution from Round Two of the Fund is $200,000 to community/not-for-profit organisations and $1,000,000 to other organisations.
Applications close on 17th March 2014 at 2pm EST.
The Fund is designed to support organisations and communities across Victoria plan and implement local solutions that take advantage of all available water for fit-for-purpose use by:
  • making the most of the available rainwater, stormwater and wastewater in Victoria’s urban centres
  • better integrating water planning and urban planning, and increasing the use of alternative water sources to decrease pressure on potable water supplies
  • creating innovative urban environments where water will contribute to productivity, liveability and better environmental outcomes.
Round One of the Fund supported a range of diverse and innovative approaches designed to deliver whole-of-water-cycle management. Round Two seeks applicants who will develop and deliver whole-of-water-cycle management solutions. The priorities are:
  • on-ground projects that will leave a lasting legacy
  • community/not-for-profit organisations who seek to implement local water solutions
  • potential iconic, innovative and leading edge projects

You can find out more about how to submit for the Grants here – and please contact us if you would like to discuss your innovative water project.


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