Community Development Grants



The successful projects for Community Development Grants 2018 are currently underway.

Information about the 2019 process will be available from 11 March 2019.

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.

All applicants are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the Community Development Grants Guidelines(PDF, 294KB) prior to making an application.

Information Session (In Person and Live Streamed)

A community information session will be held on 26 April 2018 at the Trafalgar Council Chambers from 6pm to 8pm. The information session will also be live streamed and available to watch on demand via Council's website. 

Click here to download the Info Session Presentation Notes(PDF, 2MB).

Grant Categories

Application can be made across four categories:

Environment Projects

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

Expression of Interest Applications for Minor Capital Works projects only

Submit an Expression of Interest Application for all Minor Capital Works proposals prior to submitting a Minor Capital Works Application. This is a compulsory requirement. You will be notified if your application progress to the next stage.

Click the link to make an expression of interest application for a Minor Capital Works project.

Applications will automatically be closed by the SmartyGrants system at 3pm on 4 May 2018. Late applications will not be accepted.

Applications for Environmental Projects, Youth, Community Events and Programs, Minor Equipment Purchases and Minor Capital Works

Applications are now open and can be made via SmartyGrants.

Applications will automatically be closed by the SmartyGrants system at 3pm on 15 June 2018.  Late applications will not be accepted.

Helpful Resources

For more information about funding eligibility, key dates, and the assessment process, see the Community Development Grants Assessment Guidelines(PDF, 306KB).

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.