Community Grants Program

Apply annually for a share in $500,000 for your grassroots project

Community Grants Program 2020-21

In 2020, we offered more than $600,000 in funding for local non‑profit community groups, schools and educational institutions as part of our Community Grants Program.

The program aims to support a wide range of community projects and activities that can improve the everyday lives of our wider community.

Applications are now closed and submissions are being assessed.

Download grant guidelines

Grant applicant portal

Grants program overview

  • Grant applications open: 9am, Monday 21 September 2020
  • Applications close: 9am, Monday 26 October 2020
  • Assessment and administration: 26 October to 10 December 2020
  • Successful grants approved and announced: 16 December 2020 Board meeting

Our grants program typically has a total funding pool of $500,000, which is shared across the four Councils we supply water to on a per capita basis.

For separate category funding amounts for each Council, please see the grants guidelines.

Wagga Wagga City: $200,000

Lockhart Shire: $100,000

Greater Hume: $156,773*

Federation: $153,360*

*Unexpended funding for the Greater Hume and Federation shires from 2019-20 has been rolled over into this year’s grants program.

Community Projects and Facilities

The aim of the Community Projects and Facilities category is to provide financial assistance for projects and services that enhance life for the wider communities in our supply area.

  • Applications from $2500 to $20,000

Arts and Culture

The aim of the Arts and Culture category is to provide financial assistance for projects and services that enhance life for the wider communities in our supply area.

  • Applications from $2000 to $7500

Water Conservation

The aim of the Water Conservation category is to provide financial assistance for projects and services that conserve water through efficiency improvements in our supply area.

  • Applications from $1000 to $10,000

Please read the guidelines thoroughly before applying for a grant.

Applications for our Community Grants Program are made online using the Apply platform.

Once you have completed your application, click the ‘review and submit’ button. This will alert you to any changes or corrections that need to be made to your application before it can be submitted. You will not be able to submit your application until all the required questions are completed

After you have submitted your application you will receive an email within a few minutes. Please check your junk mail if you don’t receive an email. If it’s not there, contact Apply for help.

Late applications cannot be submitted and will not be accepted. To avoid last minute technical issues, it’s recommended you submit your application as early as possible.

Refer to the Apply help guide for technical help submitting your application. You can also contact Apply for technical support.

Joshua Lang, Community Engagement Officer

Past recipients

Riverina Water Community Grants Program 2019/20

  • $389,867 awarded to 42 projects across Federation, Greater Hume, Lockhart and Wagga Wagga Local Government Areas

Federation Council

Community Projects and Facilities

  • Morundah Bush Entertainment Committee: Supply and fit an industry standard projector at Morundah Hall to allow conferencing, movies and enhanced cultural experiences ($12,930)
  • Urana Progress Association: Replacement of lighting system with LEDs at Urana Bowling Club and construct a colourbond panel fence around the perimeter of the playing facility ($13,210)
  • Rand Sportsground Committee: Convert visitor showers into male toilets. Construct dividing wall in showers and fit out for nursing parents’ room. Create disabled toilet facilities ($17,000)

Water Conservation

  • Rand Sportsground Committee: Install water tank with pressure system and filtration for general purpose use ($3,500)

Greater Hume Council

Community Projects and Facilities

  • Walla Walla Sportsground Management Committee: Inside lining of walls and ceiling in function area of Clubhouse ($12,000)
  • Headlie Taylor Header Museum (Henty): Provide an interactive external touchscreen to increase visitor experience at the museum ($19,931)
  • Rotary Club of Holbrook Inc: A project in Henty, Walla Walla and Holbrook to erect large red bows in streetscape to encourage shopping locally during holiday and festive season ($2,606)
  • Holbrook Adult Riding Club Inc: Erection of a clubhouse to provide an office/kitchen using a modified shipping container and earthwork preparation for power and water connection ($8,690)

Lockhart Shire Council

Community Projects and Facilities

  • The Rock Recreation Ground Management Committee: Multipurpose storage and timekeeper shed ($19,000)
  • Milbrulong Hall Committee: Milbrulong water tower mural and outdoor space ($6,750)
  • The Rock Central School: Develop sensory garden at back of school and indigenous garden at front. To be used particularly for students who have sensory and or learning difficulties ($17,000)
  • Lockhart Football and Netball Club: Upgrade and renew BBQ facilities and provide an all-weather shelter for year round use ($18,700)

Water Conservation

  • The Rock Memorial Men’s Bowls: Water tank to water bowling greens and surrounds ($7,000)
  • Lockhart Golf Club Inc: Install two 10,000 litre water tanks at clubhouse and secondary water cart tank with pumps ($5,300)
  • Lockhart Progress Association: Replacement of plumbing with water saving devices and replacement of electric hot water system with instantaneous gas hot water at Lockhart Bowling Club ($8,950)

Arts and Culture

  • Lockhart & District Historical Society: A series of mosaic and indigenous painting workshops centered around the theme of the Murrumbidgee ($6,750)
  • Spirit of the Land Festival: Collaboration with Lockhart Central School to conduct four separate adult art workshops ($6,950)
  • The Rock Town Hall & Museum: Mosaic beginners’ workshops ($3,600)

Wagga Wagga City Council

Community Projects and Facilities

  • Anglican Parish of South Wagga: Replacement of church roof and hall St Alban’s Kooringal ($15,000)
  • Oura Progress Association: Resurfacing of Oura community tennis courts ($14,080)
  • Wagga Rugby League Inc: Installation of wireless scoreboard at Harris Park ($13,250)
  • Anglicare Riverina: Solar panels for the Ashmont Community Resource Centre ($13,232)
  • Service for the Treatment & Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors (STARTTS): Wagga Refugee youth participation program of workshops focusing on health & wellbeing, arts & culture and sport & recreation ($11,092)
  • Wagga Combined Hockey Association: Water refill station installation – 2nd hockey field ($7,000)
  • Wagga Men’s Shed: Installation of fire hydrant system to new building ($10,900)
  • Tarcutta Campdraft Club: Upgrading of water storage facilities and access ($11,007)
  • Riverina Environmental Education Centre: Water refill station installation ($7,000)
  • 1st Wagga Wagga Scouts: Installation of solar panels on Scout hall Dalman Parkway ($7,760)
  • South Wagga Rotary: Storage facility in cattle shed at Wagga Showground for club equipment ($9,150)

Water Conservation

  • The Bidgee School: Placement of two slim line tanks in greenspace for watering of fruit trees and vegetables ($2,613)
  • Erin Earth Limited: Irrigation project stage 1 including solar pumps, installation of water line from dam ($10,000)
  • Kooringal Abbeyfield: Water wise garden for 95m nature strip ($8,136.64)
  • Kurrajong Waratah: Hildasid Farm community gardens ($10,000)
  • Wagga Sensory Garden Ashmont Ave sponsored by FirstHealth Ltd: Water tanks off neighbouring Men’s Shed building ($8,500)
  • Lake Albert Cricket Club Inc: Installation of a Bluetooth programmable water control valve, piping and 6 in ground sprinklers ($6,501.68)
  • St Luke’s Preschool: Waterwise garden including irrigation systems and water tank ($5,172)

Arts and Culture

  • Peter Cox (sponsored by Eastern Riverina Arts): Script development for a play titled “A few quiet ales” ($7,242)
  • Booranga Writers’ Centre: Writing workshops with water theme to encourage and mentor local writers ($3,060)
  • Uranquinty Preschool: Exploring creating and art making with artist in residence ($5,300)
  • Multicultural Council of Wagga Inc: Storytelling workshop for young people through drama and literacy techniques – partnership approach with Monkey Baa Theatre company and Lost in Books ($7,000)
  • Friends of the Wagga Art Gallery: Kintsugi art classes and lectures ($2,414)
  • 4th Dimension Art & Wellbeing Practice (sponsored by Eastern Riverina Arts): Programmed sessions for disadvantaged youths teaching them to express themselves creatively rather than destructively ($4,590)