MORNINGTON Peninsula community and charitable organisations can apply for South East Water’s 2022 Community Grants program until 4 March.
The $500 to $10,000 grants are available to help groups undertake community projects.
Projects must support the health and liveability of Port Phillip and Western Port bays and nearby areas, such as beaches, creeks and wetlands.
Now in its third year, the program has so far granted $134,000 to 34 community groups.
In 2021, the program helped buy equipment for Mornington Life Saving Club and Baxter Fire Brigade, pay for education programs at the Australian Marine Mammals Association, environmental activities at Nepean Conservation Group and Willum Warrain Aboriginal Association.
Food for Change, at The Briars, Mount Martha used its $5000 to install a drip irrigation system to help grow fruit, vegetables and herbs which are donated to food relief agencies across the Mornington Peninsula.
Food for Change chief executive and founder Matt Donavon said the charity was “very grateful to have received the grant and the irrigation has already helped us to plant fruit trees which will help in our efforts towards providing much needed food relief to the local community”.
Applications close 5pm Friday 4 March. Details: southeastwater.com.au/grants