GRANTS of up to $100,000 are now available for individuals or organisations with innovative water management ideas.
The Smart Water Fund has the capacity to provide funds for projects ranging down to $10,000, according to Nationals Member for Benalla, Bill Sykes.
“The grants provide funding for water saving projects with preference given to sustainable projects that involve or assist the broader community and that demonstrate efficient and effective water use,” Mr Sykes said.
Funding under Round 7 is open to any individual, community group, commercial enterprise or professional research body that is equipped with the skills to implement the proposed project.
Applications for funding must demonstrate thorough planning and a commitment to meet the requirements of the Smart Water Fund guidelines, Mr Sykes said.
Previous successful applications include the Country Fire Authority’s industrial ecology project using treated hospital water for fire fighting, aquifer storage and recovery at a suburban golf course and re-using stormwater ‘run-off’ for the maintenance of gardens.
“This is an excellent opportunity for individuals and organisations to access funds that assist in drought proofing our region.”
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