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Sydney Water opens 2018 Community Grants

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Sydney Water has announced its community grants program with a total of $80,000 to be awarded.

Grassroots community organisations working on initiatives or projects across Sydney, the Illawarra and the Blue Mountains are encouraged to apply to the community grants program.

Some successful applicants from last year presented water saving ideas, plastic waste elimination and gardening projects.

Petersham Public School improved student safety and Sydney Water supported the refurbishment of Petersham Public School’s toilet facilities.

Dharma Karta won a grant to extend its work at Blackett Public School, working with the school leaders to make their school community a better place.

While Galston High School cut down on their plastic waste by installing water refill stations around their school. Sydney Water was happy to help fund this sustainable initiative.

Marrickville Public School had a Sydney Water funded herb garden for the school’s new kitchen garden and the students have benefited from further learning opportunities and the chance to grow their own food.

“Our grants program is designed to boost and enhance the community projects making a positive difference in our neighbourhoods,” said spokesperson, Jennifer Whittle, Sydney Water.

Registered associations, incorporated bodies or non-profit organisations, and K-12 schools are encouraged to apply for one of the 65 $1000 to $2000 grants that are available.

“We encourage all eligible groups to apply, especially those with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion, and those that support lower socio-economic communities..,” said Whittle.

This year Sydney Water is making $80,000 in total available to projects seeking funding across two program streams:

  • The first; 50 grants of $1,000 for Arts and Heritage, Safety, Health and Wellbeing, and Education initiatives
  • The second; 15 grants of $2,000 in funding, including equipment and promotional support for community action groups participating in Sydney Water’s Beat the Bottle.

“In the past year we have removed over one million plastic bottles from our waterways and see the effect this has on the environment,” said Whittle.

Applications close 27 July 2018. To find out more go to sydneywater.com.au/communitygrants


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