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
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
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• 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.
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.
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.