Community grants

Annual grants for local community projects

Sydney Water, through its annual Community Grants Program, supports local community groups across Greater Sydney, the Blue Mountains, and the Illawarra area.

With a shared goal to build thriving and sustainable communities, the Community Grants Program supports project teams with innovative ideas put projects into action that can directly benefit local communities. 

The 2022 Community Grants Program seeks projects focused on  Healthy Waterways

2022 applications now open

Applications are sought from grassroots community groups, volunteer organisations, education institutions, local government (with community partners), sporting groups, and other community-minded organisations that share Sydney Water’s vision of building Healthy Waterways to create a better life for today and generations to come. 

Please apply on the Sydney Water Good2Give Application page

Key dates 

  • Applications Open: 9:00 AM Friday 22 July 2022
  • Applications Close: 5:00 PM Friday 26 August 2022
  • Announcement of Community Grant recipients: September 2022 
  • Project completion date: Friday 26 May 2023


You should read the Program’s Guidelines and Terms and Conditions before preparing your application to ensure your organisation is eligible for a community grant. Frequently Asked Questions are available to assist you. 

Alternatively, please direct your enquiry to

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Sydney Water and Good2Give collect and use your personal information so that we can assess your grant application as part of the Community Grants Program. Your personal and business information will be shared with designated Sydney Water and Good2Give employees and disposed of in accordance with our recordkeeping obligations. Successful applicants personal and business information may be disclosed as part of Sydney Water awarding applicants, including internal and external publications. To learn more about how we manage your personal information, please refer to Sydney Water and Good2Give’s privacy policies

2021 grant recipients

• AUSMAP, Total Environment Centre Inc.: Creating Cooks River Caretakers – Citizen Science Measuring Microplastics. 

• Good for the Hood: 'Float It' Secondary Schools Design Challenge.  

• The Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust: Wild About Rivers.

• University of New South Wales and City of Canterbury Bankstown and Georges Riverkeeper: Culturally Inclusive Urban Water Design. 

• We Are the Mainstream’s Gura-Dura Project.

• Western Sydney University: Building Citizen Science Literacies for the Hawkesbury–Nepean River.  

Past community grant projects

Western Sydney University – Building Citizen Science Literacies for the Hawkesbury-Nepean River Project

Western Sydney University (WSU), with its partners, released its first Hawkesbury-Nepean River Report Card. The report card combined scientific, social, and cultural data collected by scientists and citizen scientists, and visually demonstrated how local people connect daily to the river. 

Project team members worked collaboratively with First Nations peoples to write a statement on the cultural significance of ‘Water in Ngurra (Country)’ and the Alliance’s ongoing commitment to partnership moving forward. 

A Waterbug training workshop for local residents and Landcare volunteers provided advice on using and understanding the Stream Pollution Index (SPI) to monitor the water quality at Cattai Creek using apps. Participants also learned to identify and score macroinvertebrates and upload data to dedicated apps for sharing and storage.  

Total Environment Centre – Ocean Action Pod project

The Ocean Action Pod Project engaged adults and children with the growing problem of plastic pollution. The Total Environment Centre used its Sydney Water Community Grant to run an Ocean Action Pod activation at the University of Technology / Ultimo TAFE NSW Green Market Week event.

The project encouraged and empowered over 300 students to make responsible choices and choose tap water over bottled water, with the aim of reducing single-use plastic bottles impacting the environment.

Sydney Water representatives attended the event alongside Ocean Action Pod to highlight how plastic bottles and other litter impact our precious waterways and systems, and how our drinking water is treated and tested to ensure it remains some of the best drinking water in the world. 

Pledging to drink tap water with Ocean Action Pod.

Learning about the urban water cycle.