Community Development Grants

Baw Baw Shire Council supports community and volunteer groups through an annual Community Development Grants program.

Community Development Grants are offered to non-profit organisations, groups and associations to assist with projects, programs, equipment or events that contribute to the community.

We seek applications that:

  • Reflect the community's priorities and vision (as set out in Council and Community Plans).
  • Will strengthen communities and opportunities for enhanced participation in public life and community groups.
  • Provide benefits to the local and/or Baw Baw community.
  • Contribute to the social, environmental and economic development of our community.

This year, Council particularly encourages applications for youth, community events and programs.

Grant Categories

Application can be made across four categories:


A maximum grant of $2,000 will be available for activities that directly benefit the environment.

Youth, Community Events and Programs

A maximum grant of up to $3,000 will be available to support events such as festivals and youth, community, sporting and cultural programs. Events and programs that cater for youth aged 12-25 are highly encouraged.

Minor Capital Works

A maximum grant of $10,000 will be will be available to support minor repairs and renovations, including disabled access to buildings, sporting and other community facilities and playgrounds. This funding requires a community contribution to match Council’s grant.

Minor Equipment Purchases

A new category with a maximum grant of up to $5,000 will be available for community groups to purchase key equipment to help facilitate community projects.

How to Apply

Applications are now open and can be made via SmartyGrants.

Get your submissions in before applications close at 3.00pm on Friday 18 August.

Helpful Resources

For more information about funding eligibility, key dates, and the assessment process, see the Community Development Grants Funding Guidelines.

For more information about how applications are assessed, see the full Community Development Grants Assessment Guidelines (Print Version)(PDF, 207KB).

For assistance with the online applications, go to:

For enquiries and to request a copy of the Community Development Grants Funding Guidelines, email the Grants Officer or call 5624 2411 during office hours.