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(‘WTOAC_Water Release Community Day_10Feb2024’): Wadawurrung Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation Community Day. Pictured: Claire Mennen, Wadawurrung woman and Wadawurrung Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation Water Project Officer and Jayden Wooley, Wadawurrung Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation Water Project Officer at the Community Day on 10 February 2024.

South East Water’s annual Community Grants program is now open, with grants of up to $10,000 available to help local groups make community projects possible.

Now in its fifth year, the program has granted over $320,000 to 66 community groups across Melbourne’s south-east, helping to make local communities better places to live.

South East Water Managing Director, Lara Olsen said the organisation was excited to offer its Community Grants program again in 2024.

“Last year we were thrilled to support 16 community groups with a range of community and environmental projects, from emergency food relief and crisis essentials for children entering out-of-home care, to rainwater tanks and recycled water systems, and a cultural meeting place for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

“If your community group is within our service area and needs support for a project, I encourage you to apply now for a 2024 Community Grant,” Ms Olsen said.

Applications are now open for eligible community groups across the South East Water service area for projects that:

  • help people learn about water and how to use it in the best way possible
  • support vulnerable community members
  • make our environment healthier
  • help people be more active and connected.

Applications open 4 March and close 5pm, Friday 12 April.

Visit to apply for a community grant and to learn more about past grant recipients.

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