Hunter Water is encouraging community organisations and groups across the Lower Hunter to apply for a share in $70,000, as part of the 2019 Love Water Grants program.
Now in its second year, the funding program supports community projects and education initiatives that promote water conservation and efficiency, and environmental sustainability.
The one-off grants range from $1,800 to $10,000 in support funding. "We're excited to be able to support our community in delivering projects they are passionate about, and which help spread the value and importance of saving our precious resource," said Acting Executive Manager Customer Strategy and Retail, Glen Robinson.
"Now more than ever, we need to be doing everything we can as a community to save water. Like most areas across our state, our region is feeling the impact of drought, with Level 1 water restrictions starting for the first time in 25 years.
"Our Love Water Grants program will help increase education and raise awareness of ways we can conserve water together and make more water-conscious decisions.
"Last year's first Love Water Grants program was really successful and resulted in nine organisations receiving funding for a variety of great projects across our region.
"Among those successful was a water saving irrigation project for Medowie Little Athletics, an education project to monitor water usage at Merewether Heights Public School, a garden refurbishment at the University of Newcastle's Indigenous Community Centre and a sustainable community garden at Salt Ash.
"We were so impressed by the number and quality of applications received last year, and we can't wait to review the applications for 2019. We encourage all interested community groups and organisations with projects that they believe meet the eligibility criteria, to apply for funding.
The application form is easy to fill out and can be found on our website. "By working together we can create a more sustainable and resilient water future for our region," said Mr Robinson. Applications will close on 3 November. For more information on the Love Water Grants program, or to apply for funding, visit www.hunterwater.com.au/community