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Yarra Valley Water launches new Community Grants Program

Yarra Valley Water has launched its new Community Grants Program to support local groups that help build thriving and sustainable communities. 

Grants of up to $15,000 are available for larger initiatives, and up to $5,000 for smaller projects. 

This initiative aims to support projects that save water, educate communities on efficient water usage, improve habitats and strengthen community connections.

“We’re looking for community organisations and education bodies who share our vision of driving a sustainable water future,” said Yarra Valley Water Managing Director, Pat McCafferty. “There are many charities, community groups, and not-for-profit organisations doing incredible work. By supporting these groups, we ensure they can continue to have a positive impact on the communities they serve.”

Examples of eligible projects include the installation of water tanks, efficient irrigation systems, community gardens and habitat restoration. Projects could also include the purchase of water-saving dishwashers, washing machines, and efficient showers.

Man holding a watering can

Mr McCafferty added, “From switching to water efficient appliances, to installing rainwater tanks, developing educational programs and improving habitats for native wildlife, we look forward to seeing the positive changes these projects will bring.”

Community groups such as sports clubs, community kitchens, schools or animal shelters in Yarra Valley Water's service area are encouraged to apply for funding to support projects that:

  • Help communities thrive through education and connection
  • Improve water efficiency and conservation
  • Boost community water awareness
  • Promote sustainable water use
  • Improve habitats and care for Country
critically endangered grey lowland leadbeater's possum in a persons hand

Application Period:

Applications open on Monday, 17 June 2024, and close at 11.59pm on Sunday, 14 July 2024. Not-for-profit organisations based in Yarra Valley Water’s service area, or those that provide services in the area, are eligible to apply.

For more information and to apply for a community grant, please visit yvw.com.au/community-grants.