Busselton Water is lending a helping hand in giving back to the community, with applications now open for the 2023 Community Partnership Program. Offering support to a variety of initiatives, the program is available to volunteer groups, not-for-profit community organisations, social enterprises, clubs and schools within the Busselton Water service area. Last year, four Capes organisations benefited from the funding, including Busselton Football Club and Busselton Men’s Shed who welcomed new drinking fountains, Vasse Primary School which upgraded its playground and nature scape, and the Disabled Surfers Association South West which put the money towards its Let’s Go Surfing Days. Water Minister Simone McGurk encouraged businesses to nominate for the program. “Over the past six years, this program has supported over 30 local groups and invested more than $80,000 of support at the grassroots level where it’s most valuable,” she said. “The grants on offer will not only support the people involved in the groups but also the wider community to build a brighter future. “This is a valuable resource for the community and a great initiative of Busselton Water — I strongly encourage all local organisations to consider applying.” The funding will seek to aid projects focused on water use efficiency and quality, environmental sustainability, educational opportunities, community-based activities, innovation and leadership, with applications closing on March 31. Successful projects must be implemented between May 2023 and April 2024. For more information visit https://www.busseltonwater.wa.gov.au/.