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:

  • Enable community led projects and activities that support the community’s priorities and vision (as set out in the Council Plan and informed by Baw Baw 2050 and other strategic documents recognised by Council)
  • 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.

Grant categories

Application can be made across three categories:

Environment Grant - $5,000

To support the activities of community groups that improve the sustainability of natural environments. Activities may seek to build skills, knowledge and awareness of the community and must have a direct benefit to the environment.

Equipment Grant -$5,000

To support the equipment needs associated with the successful operation of community groups in Baw Baw Shire. Equipment items are portable assets that are securely stored on site when not in use and does not include any item that requires installation on, or fixing to an existing structure (e.g. defibrillator cabinet, cabinetry, appliance purchases that requires installation at a future time, etc).

Projects involving items that require fixing onto an existing structure should consider if their project meets the Minor Capital Work grant requirements instead of pursuing funding under an equipment grant.  

Minor Capital Works - $10,000 

The Minor Capital Work grant category supports the delivery, repair or improvement of built form fixed asset projects in/on eligible community facilities and places. The kinds of projects that this grant is suitable for include upgrade of buildings, paths, lighting, clubrooms, fencing, playing surfaces, shade and public space infrastructure, and may include the purchase and installation of items such as cabinetry, floor coverings, and electrical or gas equipment. Minor Capital Work projects do not exceed $50,000 in value.

This funding requires a community contribution to match Council’s grant. A maximum grant of up to $10,000 is available.

The application process involves two stages:

Stage one: Expression of Interest (EOI) - NOW CLOSED

  • Opening date: 9am, 7 March 2022
  • Closing date: 12pm, 4 April 2022 

Stage two: Application by invitation for successful EOI applicants - NOW CLOSED 

  • Opening date: 9am, 16 May 2022
  • Closing date: 12pm, 14 June 2022

When to apply

2023/23 dates will be confirmed in 2023.

Grant Program

 Grant Requirement

Applications  Open 

Applications  Close

Minor Capital Works


Expression of interest (EOI) Stage 1

The EOI is a mandatory requirement of applying for Stage 2.

9am Monday 7 March 2022 Now closed


Minor Capital Works


Stage 2 application (by invitation only) 9am Monday 16 May 2022 Now closed


Equipment Grants

 Application 9am Tuesday 19 April 2022 Now closed

 Environment Grants

 Application 9am Tuesday 19 April 2022 Now closed

Application help appointments

Request a meeting with a Council Officer

If you'd like to discuss your application with a Council Officer prior to submitting your application, please contact the Social and Community Planning team on 1300 229 229 to make an appointment. 

To go at your own pace, you can find answers to some frequently asked questions here.(PDF, 49KB)

2021 Successful Grant Applicants

Congratulations to the successful applicants of the 2021 Community Development Grants.

Click through the pages to learn more about the Community Development Grants program, which grant category is best for you and how to apply.


  • Buln Buln East Community Association - $4,493.50 to go towards weed control on the Buln Buln East school block.

Equipment Purchases

  • Aberfeldy and District Association Inc - $5,000 to go towards ground maintenance equipment for Aberfeldy.

  • Athlone Hall  - $4,646.40 to go towards new chairs for the hall.

  • Drouin Men's Shed Inc. - $5,000 to go towards a replacement metal lathe and milling machine.

  • Gippsland Umpires Association Inc. - $2,895 to go towards footballs and iPad equipment.

  • Hill End Community Incorporated  - $5,000 to go towards a ground maintenance mower.

  • Hill End Junior Football Club - $4,959.70 to go towards long sleeve jumpers and footballs.

  • Jindivick Progress Association Inc. - $3,185 to go towards community newsletter publishing equipment and a lawn mower.

  • Lardner Hall - $4,379.10 to go towards chair upgrades for the hall.

  • Longwarry Cricket Club - $4,961 to go towards a new fridge and freezer.

  • Longwarry Recreation Reserve - $4,491.90 to go towards indoor furniture replacements.

  • Mid Gippsland Badminton Association  - $1,780 to go towards flying back to badminton - 50 dozen RSL classic shuttles.

  • Mid Gippsland Junior Badminton Association - $1,130 to go towards their project “Mid Gippsland children making birdies fly".

  • Neerim Cemetery Trust  - $744 to go towards a brush cutter.

  • Neerim District Junior Basketball Club - $3,299.98 to go towards a canteen upgrade.

  • Neerim and District Soldiers Memorial Hospital - $4,180 to go towards outdoor furniture.

  • The Scout Association of Australia, Warragul Branch - $4,932 to go towards tents, hiking tents and trestle table replacement.

  • Trafalgar Bowls Club - $2,795 to go towards a scoreboard.

  • Walhalla Goldfields Railway - $3,774.36 to go towards an office IT refresh.

  • Warragul & District Kennel & Obedience Club Inc. - $3,247 to go towards an automated external defibrillator. 

  • Warragul Business Group Inc. - $5,000 to go towards fencing for events and community activities.

  • Warragul Harness Racing Club Inc. - $3,319 to go towards a high pressure washer cleaner and hand lawnmower.

  • Warragul Little Athletics Club - $3,637.40 to go towards a high jump mat-scissor mat.

  • Warragul Municipal Band Inc. - $4,890.70 to go towards Yamaha NEO custom Bb Cornet, snare drum harness and percussion accessories.

  • Warragul Playgroup Inc. - $5,000 to go towards their project titled “Revitalise Warragul Playgroup with indoor & outdoor play equipment”.

  • Warragul Youth Theatre - $2,480 to go towards theatre masks.

  • West Gippsland Bush Walkers Inc  - $1,400 to go towards the project titled “Active community and healthy environment”.

  •  Western Park Cricket Club  - $5,000 to go towards their project titled “Improvements to Western Park Cricket Club”.

Minor Capital Works

  • Baw Baw Radiomodellers Association Gippsland Inc. - $10,000 to go towards an RC Club shelter.
  • Neerim District Bowling Club Inc. - $3,189.98 to go towards outdoor seating and tables.
  • Neerim Neerim South Football Netball Club - $3,790 to go towards a cool room upgrade in the Phoenix Rooms.
  • Neerim South Recreation Reserve Committee of Management - $10,000 to go towards their project titled “Timekeeper’s box, seats and stairs”.
  • Rokeby Public Hall and Recreation Reserve - $10,000 to go towards day visitor facility landscaping.
  • Seaview Public Hall Reserve Committee - $1,635 to go towards the refurbishment of the toilet block 

Contact us

We’re here to help! For more information please contact the Social and Community Planning team on 1300 229 229 or by email at