Community groups around Greater Sydney awarded grants

Media release

18 October 2018

Over sixty community groups from the Blue Mountains, Greater Sydney and the Illawarra have been awarded grants by Sydney Water to support their grassroots initiatives.


A range of organisations each received grants of $1,000 across the categories of arts and heritage, health and wellbeing, safety and education. An additional 14 grants of $2,000 were awarded to groups participating in Sydney Water’s Beat the Bottle clean-up initiative, which focuses on removing plastic waste from our waterways and beaches.
Successful initiatives included helping refugee children through animal therapy, addressing food insecurity and plastic waste through education, sustainable garden and water conservation projects, as well as treatment and rehabilitation of survivors from traumatic life events.

This is the third year Sydney Water has offered the grants to support community groups making a positive contribution to their neighbourhoods.

Sydney Water spokesperson, Jennifer Whittle said, 'These grants can really make an impact for the community groups'.

'The program also provides these wonderful organisations with the due recognition they deserve for their hard work in supporting their local communities.

'It’s also really inspiring to see so many diverse community groups, both new and established getting involved and playing a role in addressing issues that really matter', said Ms Whittle.

A snapshot of grant recipients

One of the grant recipients is a creative arts disability service, Studio Artes, located in Sydney’s north-shore and the inner west of Sydney.
It will use the grant to develop an educational short film about social media and online safety, tailored to adults with a disability.
Studio Artes Northside spokesperson Deb Sazdanoff, CEO said, 'currently this type of information isn’t available for adults with cognitive impairments,  as it’s usually directed at children or parents. Receiving the grant from Sydney Water means we can develop a relevant and engaging video to share on social media to ensure we’re reaching as many people as possible.'

Another recipient, Katoomba Leura Preschool will use the funds to purchase a water-wise irrigation system and resources for their veggie gardens, with the aim of educating students about the importance of minimising water use and other environmental protection issues.

As Australia’s largest water and wastewater service provider for 130 years, Sydney Water is committed to protecting and caring for our beaches and waterways, as well as supporting grassroots community organisations and projects.

For a full list of the winners and more information, please see our Community grants page.