South East Water’s 2022 Community Grants program is now open, with grants between $500 and $10,000 available to help local groups make important community projects and initiatives possible.

Now in its third year, the program has so far granted $134,000 to 34 community groups across its service area. 

In 2021, the program supported a range of community initiatives from equipment for Mornington Life Saving Club and Baxter Fire Brigade, to education programs at the Australian Marine Mammals Association and environmental activities at Nepean Conservation Group and Willum Warrain Aboriginal Association.  

Food for Change, a volunteer group that grows produce at The Briars in Mount Martha was one of the successful recipients, receiving $5,000. The funds allowed the group to install a drip irrigation system to help it grow fruit, vegetables and herbs that are then donated to support food relief agencies across the Mornington Peninsula. 

“We're very grateful to have received a commmunity grant."

"The irrigation has already helped us to plant fruit trees which will help our efforts towards providing much needed food relief for the local community"
Matt Donovan, CEO and Founder - Food for Change

South East Water Managing Director, Lara Olsen said the organisation was proud to run its Community Grants program again in 2022. 

“Food for Change is just one of the community groups in our region who is working hard to support our customers in the community."

"We want to help groups like this continue their great work and it’s even more important now due to the global pandemic.” 

“If your community group or charity is based in our service area, I encourage you to apply for a grant.”
South East Water Managing Director, Lara Olsen

Applications from eligible community or charitable organisations across the South East Water service area are welcome for projects that: 

  • Support the health and liveability of Port Phillip Bay and Western Port Bay – and areas nearby like beaches, creeks and wetlands - including groups impacted by nearby sewer spills.

  • Support the community in the areas of 
    - Affordability 
    - Environment
    - Health and liveability 
    - Water security and literacy. 

The program is funded by a commitment South East Water made in its Five-year Customer Commitment 2018-23 to support local communities impacted by sewer spills. It’s grown from there to help bring to life a wide range of projects and initiatives from eligible community groups and charities during a challenging time for our world and communities.

Applications close at 5 pm on Friday 4 March 2022.  

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