Busselton locals are being encouraged to apply for the Busselton Water Community Partnership Program, with submissions for funding now open. The partnership program seeks to support the local community initiatives with a particular focus on projects related to water efficiency, environmental sustainability, education, innovation, and a strong sense of community and leadership. Last year, six local groups received funding including the Busselton Community Garden, which received funding for a new water tank, as well as long-term program recipient Disabled Surfers Association South West for its Let’s Go Surfing days at Bunker Bay. Other groups to receive funding include the Busselton branches of Finding and Assisting Wildlife in Need and Pets of Older Persons. Busselton Water managing director Chris Elliott said the program had continued to be a success over the past five years and he was looking forward to see this year’s applications. “We’d love to see local groups apply this year from across the community that need the support, so if you have a project that needs a helping hand, please complete an application form and send it in,” he said. Busselton Volleyball Association also received $1400 towards new equipment that supports both indoor and beach seasons. Busselton Volleyball treasurer Nick Tyler said that the partnership program has been valuable resource for sporting and community groups. “With the new season of our indoor competition commencing in April, the new equipment will allow greater quality of training and gameplay for our club,” he said.