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 2020-21, we proudly supported the following organisations to deliver their water-related community projects:

ACE Open

Water Rites Public Program

Water Rites is a Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and cultural exhibition program featuring water-related installations and a public program of walks, talks, workshops plus kayak tour. The project uses and connects with water by focussing on it as a site of ritual and community via contemporary art and performance.

Can:Do Group

Can:Do South

This program provides support to children and adults who are deaf, hearing-impaired, blind, or vision impaired, giving them the opportunity to learn, in a realistic space, the skills they need for a life without limits. Funds will be used to support the Independent Living Skills Laundry.

Foodbank SA

Berri Community Garden

Foodbank is Australia’s largest food relief organisation, operating on a scale that makes it crucial to the work of the front-line charities who are feeding vulnerable Australians. Funds will be used to establish a community garden adjacent to the Foodbank warehouse in Berri to grow produce to be used in meal packs, food deliveries and distributed via their Mobile Food Hub.

Marine Discovery Centre

Kids Marine Scientist Club

The Marine Discovery Centre provides inspirational discovery learning experiences whilst empowering students to actively protect South Australia's iconic coastal and marine environment.  Funding will be used for the Kids Marine Scientist Club – a weekly club for children aged 7 to 13 years. Education topics include sustainable fishing, responsible water use, Aboriginal culture and the importance of preserving our marine environments.


Aquatic Therapy program

Novita’s aquatic therapy program helps participants with vital mobility and therapeutic programs to improve stability, strength, range of motion, sensory input and pain management. Funding will provide a ceiling track hoist so higher needs clients can access the pool safely, and a platform, to provide flexibility with a range of water depths.

Port Vincent Progress Association

SA Water, water tower information and storyboard

Funding will provide interactive storyboards, seating and native plants at the site of the soon to be painted SA Water, water tower. The storyboards will outline where the water is sourced, how it is supplied, and the future sustainability of water supply in South Australia.

Clare Agriculture and Horticulture Society

SA Autumn Garden Festival

Funds will help to publicise the festival, which promotes sustainable gardening practices. Our experts in sustainability and liveability through water use, will present to festivalgoers and hold workshops.

St Mary’s College

Grow the Future – Waterwise Gardening

Funding will be used to establish an interschools seed propagation project that will promote water wise gardening skills. They will develop links with local schools, engaging students in the seed propagation project while also teaching garden skills, water conservation and respect for nature.

Westside Housing Company

Water-wise Westside

Westside tenants have all been at risk of or experienced homelessness. Funding for this project will increase capacity to understand their water use habits, apply best practice methods of using water efficiently in their homes (retrofitting) including teaching tenants how they can reduce their water costs.

Murray Bridge Migrant Resource Centre

Murray Bridge Migrant Resource Centre. Tim Shannon from SA Water.

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