Image: Matt Rozzoli and David Sivyer from Feedback Organic, one of the recipients of the 2020 Love Water Grants program.
Twenty community groups, businesses and organisations have received an early Christmas gift, with a share in more than $120,000 as part of Hunter Water’s largest ever Love Water Grants program.
The one-off grants are valued up to $10,000 and will help fund a range of water conservation and efficiency projects, as well as education, environmental and sustainability initiatives.
Minister for Water, Property and Housing Melinda Pavey said Hunter Water’s Love Water Grants program was a great initiative in supporting the region during a challenging 2020.
"It’s been a tough and challenging year for many with COVID-19. We’re pleased to be able to work together and assist these local groups and organisations in continuing their valued community work, while also helping them to make smart water choices," said Mrs Pavey.
Hunter Water Managing Director Darren Cleary said it’s clear from the number and quality of applications that the community is embracing the Love Water message.
"These include things like upgrading irrigation and water system infrastructure, installing rainwater tanks and establishing community gardens to name a few.
"We received a record number of quality applications this year. While we unfortunately haven’t been able to fund all of the projects in round one of the program, we’re exploring what other opportunities Hunter Water may have to assist.
"We’ll also have round two of our Love Water Grants program opening early next year so we look forward to supporting even more worthy initiatives that will help our community make smart water choices and bring us together," said Mr Cleary.
Love Water Grants
Round two of our Love Water Grants program will open in February 2021.