Community Grants

Applications are now closed for the 2019 Ripple Effect grants.

Ripple Effect grants guidelines

Ripple Effect grants are available through our annual grant round, and seek to support projects in our service region that:

  • Relate to one or more of the themes in our community strategy:
    • regional prosperity
    • education, training and volunteering
    • health and wellbeing
    • the natural environment.
  • Have a broad impact; whether that be in your community, district or across a broader region, and
  • Are great value for money.
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Projects that align with Wannon Water’s purpose to provide safe, reliable water and sewerage services will be highly considered. As part of its 2019-20 Corporate Plan, Wannon Water also has a focus on projects that address the issues of vulnerability, gender diversity and aboriginal inclusion. 

There are three streams of grant funding available under the Ripple Effect program;

  • Community grants – Of up to $5,000 are available for not-for-profit, volunteer-based, community organisations to undertake projects that aim to strengthen communities.

Example: Live4Life Glenelg initiative aims to ensure that young people, teachers, parents and the wider community are better informed about mental ill health, and are proactive in identifying the signs and symptoms of an emerging mental health issue before a crisis occurs. Live4Life applied for funding in the 2018 Ripple Effect grant round to train two new teen mental health instructors, helping to ensure the sustainability of the Life4Life pilot in the region. The project resulted in 647 secondary students and 98 adults being trained in mental health first aid. The project strongly aligned with the Wannon Water Community Strategy theme of ‘health and wellbeing’ as well as ‘education, training and volunteering.’

  • International aid grants – Of up to $4,000 are available for local community organisations undertaking projects to strengthen communities overseas.

Example: The Rotary Club of Warrnambool has long had an involvement in the Papua New Guinea Water Project, whose primary objective is to work with, train and provide infrastructure to remote PNG villages and communities to access clean water. Wannon Water has supported the project financially through cash grants, but also through supplying water quality testing kits, books and teaching materials to the project. The project aligns with Wannon Water’s core mission of providing safe, reliable water and sewerage services, and also with the key community strategy themes of ‘health and wellbeing’, and ‘regional prosperity’.

  • School based grants – of up to $1,000 are available for schools (or school councils) to undertake projects within their school community.

Wannon Water has not offered school based grants before, but some of the ideas we have are…

    • Installing pipes to redirect bubbler tap run-off to gardens,
    • Kitchen garden programs,
    • Installing a water refill station.

Applicants under all streams must clearly demonstrate;

  • How their project aligns with the community strategy themes,
  • Why the project is needed,
  • How the project will be delivered,
  • How the project will be measured,
  • How their organisation will successfully deliver the project.