A new round of grants is set to splash some support around to community groups in the Lower Hunter that love the environment and have been struggling to stay afloat during the pandemic.
Hunter Water’s Love Water initiative aims to fund water conservation and environmental projects while also providing support to local organisations.
Managing Director Darren Cleary said community projects funded by the Love Water Grants helped spread the value of saving our precious resource and making smart water choices.
“Our community has used 15% less water than we expected over the past year, which is equivalent to saving the water use of 52,000 households,” he said.
“This is an outstanding result and shows how everyday behaviours and changes, whether big or small, make a difference.”
Mr Cleary added that Hunter Water was proud to support the community through the Love Water program.
Minister for Water, Property and Housing Melinda Pavey welcomed the addition of two new categories into the assessment criteria for the grants.
“[This year] has brought unprecedented challenges, with the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic felt by many across the Lower Hunter,” she said.
“As a major service provider in the region, Hunter Water has an important role to play in supporting the community through these tough times.
“I’m really pleased to see the introduction of the ‘customer hardship’ and ‘economic stimulus’ categories in this year’s Love Water Grants.
“I encourage local businesses, community groups and organisations to apply, with up to $10,000 in funding on offer.”
Applications for round one close on Saturday 24 October, with round two due to open in February next year.
For more information, or to apply, visit the Hunter Water website.