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.

Projects occurring on private property are ineligible.

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).

Items that require installation or fixing on an existing structure can be considered if Minor Capital Works is deemed an appropriate grant for their project. 

Minor Capital Works - $10,000 

The Minor Capital Works 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 Works projects do not exceed $50,000 in value.

The application process involves two stages:

Stage one: Expression of Interest (EOI) - Now closed, new expressions of interest are no longer accepted.
Stage two: Applications for successful EOI applicants - Now Closed.

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

When to apply

Grant Opportunity


Applications  Open 

Applications  Close

Minor Capital Works Expressions of Interest

This application is done in two parts:

 Expression of Interest (EOI)

The EOI is a mandatory requirement of submitting a a full application.


9am Tuesday 13 April 2021

12pm Monday 3 May 2021

EOI applications are now closed.


Minor Capital Works Application
(for successful EOI applicants)

9am Tuesday 8 June 2021



12pm Thursday 8 July 2021

Applications are now closed


Equipment Grants

Environment Grants

9am Tuesday 13 April 2021


12pm Monday 24 May 2021

Applications are now closed

 Opening dates for the 2021/22 Community Development Grants program will be announced soon.

Application help appointments

2021 Community Development Grants information session.

To help potential applicants deliver a successful project, we ran an information session for 20 April 2021. To watch again or to catch up on this presentation, the recording is available for you below (running time 57:39).

You can download the presentation slides and responses to the questions that were asked by attendees here(PDF, 2MB).

If you'd like to discuss your application with a Council Officer before you submit it, please contact us on 1300 229 229 to make an appointment.

2020 Successful Grant Applicants

Congratulations to the successful applicants of the 2020 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.


  • Committee for Drouin - $5,000 for the Birds of Drouin and district booklet
  • Mt Worth and District Landcare Group - $5,000 towards roadside weed control in the Strzelecki Ranges

Equipment Purchases

  • 3BBR Community Radio - $3,139 to provide Gippsland Regional News via community radio
  • Baw Baw Equestrian Centre - $5,000 for the purchase of portable cross country jumps
  • Baw Baw Food Relief - $5,000 to help purchase a forklift for deliveries
  • Baw Baw Sustainability Network - $3,326.38 for a tradies trailer and fit out
  • Drouin Bowling Club - $3,328 to purchase equipment for Incredibowls and This Girl Can programs 
  • Drouin Cricket Club - $4,240 for the live score project
  • Drouin Football Club - $5,000 for the goal nets project
  • Erica and District Historical Society - $2,739 to purchase archival storage
  • Erica Community Facilities Committee of Management - $3,641 towards a new mower
  • Fairview Village - $2,545.40 towards the art gallery space project
  • Gippsland Football Club - $5,000 towards portable goals at Trafalgar Recreation Precinct
  • Hallora Recreation Reserve - $5,000 towards a mower purchase
  • Neerim Memorial Hall Committee of Management - $5,000 towards a new mower purchase
  • Riding Develops Abilities - $2,499 for an IT upgrade 
  • Thorpdale Mechanics Institute Reserve - $3,720 for new chairs
  • Trafalgar Bowls Club - $5,000 towards a bowling green mower
  • Trafalgar Victory Football Club - $5,000 for portable goals at Trafalgar Recreation Precinct
  • University of the Third Age - $2,445 for a new defibrillator
  • Warragul and District Netball Association - $5,000 for team uniforms and equipment
  • Warragul Swimming Club - $3,690 for a sun smart shade system
  • West Gippsland Hockey Association - $5,000 for a portable scoreboard
  • Warragul United Soccer Club - $3,690 for a portable soccer goal

Minor Capital Works

  • Baw Baw Old Engine Club - $1,890 for a water tank renewal project
  • Bellbird Park Hockey Committee of Management - $10,000 for a community sports storage shed
  • Darnum Memorial Hall - $7,773.08 for the Darnum Hall precinct park upgrade 
  • Drouin Hawks Netball Club - $10,000 for a replacement storage shed at the Drouin Recreation Reserve
  • Ellinbank Badminton - $10,000 for the Ellinbank Badminton Club kitchen and clubroom upgrade
  • Hill End Mechanics - $2,000 for re-cladding of the west wall above supper room
  • Neerim South Recreation Reserve - $5,500 for the storage shed floor project
  • Nilma North and Lillico Memorial Hall - $10,000 towards the instant gas hot water kitchen, disability BBQ & concrete area
  • Tetoora Road Community Centre - $5,027.62 to refurbish main hall area (floor, stage, and pews)
  • Thorpdale Recreation Reserve - $10,000 towards the cricket net refurbishment
  • Warragul Community House - $10,000 for the outdoor deck project

Contact us

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