Water Safety NSW

Water Safety Fund Community Grants 2018/19

The 2018-19 Water Safety Fund Community Grants program is now open.

2018/19 application process

Water Safety Fund Community Grants are being offered to support community efforts to improve water safety in NSW.

Grants will be provided to successful applicants whose projects increase water safety in high risk geographical locations, population groups and activities.

Projects should address one or more of the priority areas identified in the Royal Life Saving's NSW Summer Drowning Report 2017-18:

  • risk taking behaviour around the water, in particular involving:
    • adult males (15 years and over)
    • the use of drugs/alcohol around the water
  • rip current awareness/beach safety
  • taking safety precautions, such as wearing lifejackets while boating and rock fishing
  • reducing drowning risk at unpatrolled locations (including both coastal and inland waterways) and at patrolled locations outside patrol hours
  • CALD communities and international visitors (including international students)
  • Aboriginal communities

Priority will also be given to projects that strengthen and build resilience within the NSW water safety sector through collaboration and establishing ongoing partnerships.

Initiatives that aim to reduce drowning deaths arising from extreme weather events are funded through other programs and will not be considered for funding under this program.

​Who can app​​ly

  • Legally constituted not for profit organisations with experience delivering water safety projects
  • Not-for-profit organisations who lead a program in partnership with government agencies, where the project is outside of usual budget parameters
  • Non-government research bodies
  • Local community groups that can demonstrate a track record of managing projects and finances, or which can partner with a larger organisation

Unincorporated groups can apply if under the auspice of a legally established body, or if they are a local unit of a volunteer emergency service, through the parent agency. Where there is such a project partner, a letter from the auspice organisation identifying their role in the project must accompany the application.

Further information for applicants including selection criteria and conditions of funding can be found within the Water Safety fund guidelines 2018-19 [PDF 344kb]

Where to ap​ply

Grants applications can be lodged online via the 2018-19 Water Safety Grants Application Portal. Applications close on at 3pm 27 July 2018.

Further assis​tance

Please contact the Office of Emergency Management Grants Unit on (02) 9212 9200 or wsf@justice.nsw.gov.au


Posters have been created in A4 and A3 size for you to print and distribute.

A4 Poster - Water Safety Fund Community Grants [PDF 1.7MB
A3 Poster - Water Safety Fund Community Grants [PDF 2.2MB]

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