Ripple Effect grants

Applications are now closed for the 2020 Ripple Effect grants.

Current applications are being assessed and we expect to announce successful recipients in late July 2020.

At Wannon Water we believe in going beyond water for strong communities, and our purpose is delivering water and sewerage services and improving the lives of people in south-west Victoria.

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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Grant streams

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.
  • International aid grants – Of up to $4,000 are available for local community organisations undertaking projects to strengthen communities overseas.
  • School based grants – of up to $1,000 are available for schools (or school councils) to undertake projects within their school community.


We believe it is important that the events and initiatives we support make a significant and positive change to the local community. All applications received will be assessed in relation to the following criteria:

Projects must align with one of Wannon Water’s four key themes for support;

  • Regional prosperity
  • Education, training and volunteering
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Natural environment.

Projects that align with Wannon Water’s purpose to provide safe, reliable water and sewerage services will be highly considered. As part of our Corporate Plan, Wannon Water also has a focus on projects that address the issues of vulnerability, gender diversity, aboriginal and all abilities accessibility.

Applicants must demonstrate matched funding for their project, either through cash or in-kind volunteer contributions.


Applicants under all streams must clearly demonstrate;

  • Who they are, and what they do
  • How their project aligns with the community strategy themes,
  • Why the project/event/activity needs to be done
  • How the project/event/activity will be delivered
  • Who will benefit? i.e. number of people, region, age group
  • What the outcomes will be, and what you hope to achieve
  • How you know if you have been successful

Wannon Water will not support requests that:

  • Support a political party
  • Are from applicants located outside the Wannon Water service region
  • Could attract adverse community criticism
  • Request open ended sponsorship, or naming rights sponsorship, or
  • Are from applicants that have evaluation or acquittal reports for Wannon Water outstanding.


Wannon Water’s logo and acknowledgement are expected on all promotional material. If successful, Wannon Water will forward a copy of our brand guide and suggested wording for communication material with the understanding that it will be used wherever applicable.


Before applying, we encourage you to speak to Wannon Water to discuss your eligibility, project and the application process. We can be contacted by calling 1300 926 666 during business hours, or email Please understand we are working from home and will respond to your enquiry as soon as possible.

We also encourage applicants to read Wannon Water’s Community Strategy ‘Partnering for Stronger Communities’.

Once you have done so, make sure you review the checklist to help submit your application.