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Sydney Water offers grants for clean-up organisations

65 grants are available for charity groups that are committed to promoting art, health and the environment

Sydney Water has opened an $80,000 grants scheme to grassroots community groups that have committed to cleaning up the environment.

The Beat the Bottle environment grants will allocate $2,000 in funding to 15 groups to improve equipment and promotional support for community action groups across Sydney, the Illawarra and the Blue Mountains.

An additional 50 grants worth $1,000 are also available for organisations that support local activities and services in arts and heritage, health, safety and education.

Sydney Water spokesperson, Jennifer Whittle, said: “Our grants program is designed to boost and enhance the community projects making a positive difference.”

Registered associations, including bodies or not-for-profits are encouraged to apply with winners encouraged to host their own Beat the Bottle clean-up event.

Beat the Bottle has been developed to engage with, and support, community clean-up groups. The grant will provide tools to streamline data collection and reporting, encourage safe working practices and increase the promotion of the clean-up work.

“We encourage all eligible groups to apply, especially those with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion, and those that support lower socio-economic communities.”

In the past year, the organisation has removed over one million plastic water bottles from Sydney’s waterways and has since a domino effect come from this.

The aim of the Beat the Bottle grant is to see a significant increase in the number of community action groups and participants and increase the level of engagement with their communities to highlight the impact of personal actions.

“We are committed to supporting community action groups increase the reach and participation in their activities and tackle this issue,” Whittle said.

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