Community Grants

Poowong-Loch-Nyora Community Resilience Grant


On 3 January, South Gippsland Water issued a precautionary Boil Water Alert for Poowong, Loch and Nyora. This meant that customers needed to boil their water before drinking and using water in food preparation.

We issued the alert after routine water quality testing detected low levels of E. coli, a type of bacteria that indicates potential contamination of the water supply. Extensive inspections of our assets have not found any possible ingress point for contamination.

As part of our commitment to customers and service standards, the lifting of the Boil Water Advisory triggers a $10,000 community grant.

This grant is an integral part of our response to the incident. This grant has been modelled on one offered to the community of Inverloch after a Boil Water Advisory occurred there in 2022. We feel strongly that a grant that supports the community or builds the capacity to face future incidents or emergencies is something we can do in the wake of these events.

It is envisioned that this grant may help our customers who are struggling or improve the wider community’s ability to cope when something goes wrong.

The Community Resilience Grant is designed to:

  • Support members of the Poowong-Loch-Nyora community experiencing vulnerability including those experiencing financial or social disadvantage.


  • Provide capacity building or preparedness within the Poowong-Loch-Nyora community to respond to current or future incidents or emergencies.

The grant is open to non-profit, Poowong-Loch-Nyora-based, community groups or organisations. It will be a once-off grant with a total value of $10,000. It may be a single grant or multiple smaller grants, depending on the applications received and South Gippsland Water’s assessment of these.

South Gippsland Water and its Community Advisory Committee will review applications and award the grant.  Local Poowong-Loch-Nyora community groups are encouraged to apply.

Applications are open now, and close Sunday 10 March 2024.

To apply, save a copy of your completed application form (below) and email to and any other supporting documents.

PLN Grant Application Form

PLN Grant Funding Acquittal Form

PLN Grant Funding Agreement Form

Environment & Community Grant Programs

Hills 2 Ocean [H2O]  grant program is intended to encourage activities that will benefit either the quality of water within the drinking water catchment zones or environment more broadly across South Gippsland Water’s service region. For example, funds may be used for revegetation, culverts, fencing or general environmental improvement across South Gippsland Water’s service region. H2O grants are available for up to $500, subject to the conditions of application.

H2O Grant Application Form

The Help for Community Organisations [H4O] grant scheme is intended to support and strengthen communities across South Gippsland Water’s service region. As a state owned Corporation and through this grant program, South Gippsland Water supports local, not for profit and community groups improve health and water consumption, livability, strong communities and sustainable water use across the region.

Groups, who are completing a community or educational project, and can demonstrate that the project assists in either strengthening community, increasing tap water consumption or sustainable water use, are welcome to apply for a grant of up to $500.00.

H4O Grant Application Form