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2021-22 Recreational Boating Access and Dredging Program

Improving the boating experience includes better and more reliable access from our boating facilities to the water. That’s why we’re investing $1 million from the 2021-22 Better Boating Fund into the Recreational Boating Access and Dredging Program (RBADP).

The RBADP will allocate grant funding to eligible organisations for dredging projects to ensure safer navigation at publicly accessible Victorian boating facilities. This will provide better access at local waterways for boaters and improved social and economic outcomes for local communities and businesses.

Grant applications must be submitted online. Click here to view the program guidelines.

Applications to the RBADP have now closed.

Eligible organisations comprise of local government, state government departments and agencies, committees of management and local waterway authorities.

The grant amount awarded will not exceed $150,000 (ex GST) in total per project. An eligible organisation may submit multiple applications for consideration.

Up to 80% of the costs of a project can be applied for*, with the applicant required to make a 20% contribution (*unless otherwise approved by the Funding Advisory Panel).

Funding contributions from the applicant can include project management, committed funds from other government agencies or sources and in-kind contributions which can be substantiated.

Further information required?

Find further information below or please contact the team at Better Boating Victoria – [email protected]

Dredging Grants FAQ

What is the Recreational Boating Access and Dredging Program?

The Recreational Boating Access and Dredging Program (RBADP) will allocate grant funding to eligible organisations for dredging projects to ensure safer navigation at publicly accessible Victorian boating facilities.

Who can apply for grant funding from the program?

Eligible organisations include local government, State government departments and agencies, committees of management and local waterway authorities.

How much funding will be made available in grants?

Up to $1.0m (ex GST) will be made available through a competitive grant funding round for the RBADP. The grant amount awarded will not exceed $150,000 (ex GST) in total per project. Multiple applications received from an eligible organisation will be considered.

How will applications be assessed through a competitive grant funding round?

A Funding Advisory Panel consisting of cross agency groups and industry stakeholders will assess the grant applications received against the funding assessment criteria. The panel provide input into grant allocation decisions that are then recommended to the Minister for Fishing and Boating.

How can industry stakeholders and the boating public be guaranteed that they are getting the best value for money from the allocated dredging grants?

The public can be assured that the RBADP delivers value. Grants are awarded to applicants who can demonstrate there is a need for the funding and that they have tested the market for quality and price. It is also important that the applicant has shown they have met appropriate project and program planning criteria when applying for funding.

What is Better Boating Victoria’s (BBV) role in administering the RBADP?

BBV is a branch of the Victorian Fisheries Authority (VFA) and is experienced in managing grant funding programs, such as the Boating Safety and Facilities Program. The Minister for Fishing and Boating will be responsible for approving all funding allocations from the RBADP.

When do grant applications open and when will announcements be made?

Grant applications have now closed. It is anticipated that funding announcements will be made shortly. 

For more information, click here to view the program guidelines.

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