Love Water Grants

As Hunter Water's flagship community funding program, the Love Water Grants program encourages community groups, schools and organisations to apply for a one-off grant up to $10,000.

Our goal is to support the community to make smart water choices through education and awareness, while improving resilience and liveability across the Lower Hunter region. The grants will help to:

  • Boost community groups and organisations to identify and solve water conservation issues through practical solutions and projects
  • Inspire local schools, community groups and other organisations to undertake activities which tackle local environmental issues, to help protect and enhance our natural environment
  • Enhance liveability, diversity, inclusion and innovation in our community

Applications open annually on 14 February and close at midnight on 14 March. Please read the Love Water Grants Guidelines for eligibility and criteria.

We can all work together to Love Water, it's our most valuable resource.

Meet some of our Love Water Grant recipients

Fig Tree Community Association

Through grant funding, the community garden has facilitated workshops to learn the ancient irrigation practice of making a clay olla.

The workshops bring together community members to connect and learn water conservation techniques, permaculture and biodiversity.

Dudley Public School

Dudley Public School has connected a rainwater tank and installed wicking beds to improve the water efficiency of its gardens.

The grant also funded a mural completed by a local Indigenous artist that celebrates our cultural connection to community and water.

Aussie Ark

Our Love Water grants helped support Aussie Ark's endangered turtle breeding program, including our very own Hunter River turtle.

So far, the turtles in the program have laid over 100 eggs. After they've hatched, the hatchlings will be raised until they're big enough to be released back into the local river systems.