Community partnerships

Community partnerships

Our Community Partnerships Program was launched in 2018 and is focused on grassroots community events and projects run by not-for-profit organisations. The projects and events that we support have a clear link to water use and our vision of delivering world class water services for a better life.

With our customers at the heart of everything we do, we are focused on working with organisations who, like us, foster an inclusive culture where diversity of thought, background and experience are embraced and celebrated.

This program runs annually following the financial calendar year.

The Community Partnerships Program funding limit is $10,000 per partnership.

Key criteria

  • Alignment with our vision: World Class Water Services for a Better Life
  • South Australian not-for-profit organisation delivering valued services to the South Australian community
  • Program/event benefits community members where the impact will be greatest
  • Program/event provides opportunities for SA Water to engage with the community
  • Opportunities for staff engagement
  • The sponsored event or project falls within the period 1 July to 30 June each year.  Projects that span multiple years, or that require recurrent funding are unable to be supported through the Community Partnerships Program


All partnered programs and events will be evaluated upon completion. If participating organisations fail to deliver the agreed benefits or the evaluation is not provided within the required timeframe, the organisation may not be considered for future partnership opportunities. Legally binding agreements are in place for all Community Partnerships.

In 2019-20, we proudly supported the following organisations to deliver their water-related community projects:

Autism Association of South Australia

Inclusive Aquatic Therapy Program.

This program supports autistic children from 0 to 17 years to use water as a therapeutic medium to develop functional skills.

Adopt the Spot Scheme

The scheme coordinates people in the community across South Australia to clear marine debris from beaches, rivers, creeks and surrounding areas. Funds will help to produce a training and safety video for volunteers.

Beltana Progress Association

Restoration of Weir.

Funds will help to restore the stonework of the iconic Beltana Weir and clean up the waterway so that water continues to run into the town dam.

Centacare Catholic Country SA

Wickered Food.

Funds will be used to build water- wise wicking beds to grow fresh food and vegetables that can be accessed by disadvantaged people in the community. Our people will have the opportunity to be part of a working bee to create the wicking beds.

Clare Agricultural & Horticultural Society Inc

SA Autumn Garden Festival.

Funds will support marketing activities for the festival, which promotes sustainable gardening practices. Our experts in sustainability and liveability through water use will present to festival-goers and hold workshops.

Gordon Education Centre

Community sensory garden for children with a disability.

Funds will be used to build a sensory garden for Reception to Year 12 students to enable them to be involved in a gardening and outdoor science curriculum in a hands-on way, which they have not been able to do previously. The garden will promote water conservation and sustainability.

Lincoln Park Horse and Human Rehabilitation Centre Inc

Equine Therapy Program.

Funds will be used to purchase sustainable and refillable troughs for rescue horses. The horses are used in an equine therapy program for defence veterans, their families and the general public who suffer from PTSD and mental health issues.

Lucindale Community Economic Development Board (LINC)

Lucindale Community Swimming Pool.

Funds will be used to buy and install a disability swing at the redeveloped community swimming pool, enabling people with limited mobility to partake in water-based physical activity and interact with members of their community.

Maitland & District Progress Association Inc

Yorke Valley Dam Project.

The Yorke Valley Dam site will be developed into a roadside stop for locals and tourists. Funds will be used to erect a shelter with information about the dam and issues pertaining to water resources. We will provide technical and historical information for the site.

Murraylands Migrant Resource Centre

Waterwise Gardening Project.

The centre is responsible for the settlement of new arrivals from migrant and refugee backgrounds. Funds will be used to establish a water wise garden at the centre that teaches people about place-based native plants and brings people together. Our people will give expert advice and present at information

Surf Life Saving South Australia

All Abilities State Sport Carnival.

Funds will be used to establish an inclusive surf aquatics program for youth with a physical or intellectual disability. It will be delivered state-wide throughout the Surf Life Saving networks.

Murray Bridge Migrant Resource Centre

Murray Bridge Migrant Resource Centre

Lucindale Pool

Opening of the Lucindale Pool, and disability swing. Adrian Maywald (Lucindale Area School Principal), Chris Tsharke from SA Water and Georgie McKay (Lucindale Area School Governing Council Chairperson)

What we won't support

While we welcome partnerships with a range of organisations, we will not accept applications for sponsorships that support:

  • individuals
  • any project, program or event related to gambling
  • events that promote the consumption of alcohol as its core activity (such as wine festivals)
  • organisations that we are already engaged in a formal arrangement such as a Memorandum of Understanding or contractual agreement
  • projects, programs or events where there is a real or perceived conflict of interest with an existing partnership, business or sponsorship activity
  • Charitable donations are not able to be made by our organisation

For all enquiries about sponsorships please contact