Community Sponsorship


The Community Sponsorship program aims to encourage and assist individuals and community groups that make positive contributions within Baw Baw or are ambassadors for our region. 

Community Sponsorship is part of Council’s Community Funding Assistance Program and Council’s commitment to community development, building responsible leadership and creating vibrant communities.

Available sponsorship and eligibility

All applications must primarily focus on community and social outcomes.  

Baw Baw Ambassador: Individuals who are residents of Baw Baw Shire or Groups/Teams that are based in Baw Baw Shire can apply. 

Available Funding: 

  • up to $500 individual
  • up to $1500 group/team

Community Events: Not-for-profit groups/businesses, including youth events and programs, one off events, new and existing events can apply. 

Available Funding: 

  • up to $5,000 

To be considered for funding, applications must meet these eligibility criteria: 

  • Applicant organisation is not for profit
  • Applicant organisation has a legal status
  • Project will be hosted within Baw Baw Shire's municipal boundaries

These applicants are not eligible: 

  • Government and education bodies
  • Private businesses
  • Applicants who have already received a sponsorship in the same financial year  

What Will Not Be Funded:  

  • Catering and alcohol
  • Events with a sole religious or political purpose
  • Retrospective events
  • Events occurring more than 12 months after the date of request
  • Applicants who have an outstanding debt to Baw Baw Shire Council and/or overdue acquittals relating to the Community Funding Assistance Program 

Funding rounds: opening and closing dates for 2022/23

Funding rounds 2022/23

In the 2022/23 Community Sponsorship Program, there will be two rounds of grants available.  

Available funding rounds for 2022/2023 are:

Round Opening Date Closing Date
1 9am on 4 July 2022 12pm on 8 August 2022
2 9am on 6 March 2023 12pm on 3 April 2023

Make an application

Do you have an event to attend or an event to organise that’s coming up and want some financial assistance? Community Sponsorship may be able to assist you. 

Baw Baw Shire Council is here to help you with your Community Sponsorship Application for Baw Baw Ambassadors or Community Events.  

The process is easy - Application via Appointment. 

Simply give our Social and Community Planning team a call on 1300 229 229 during business hours or email and we will make an appointment for you either in person or over the phone, to explore if Community Sponsorship may be able to assist you. 

Before we connect please consider these things about your event:

  • Can you provide clear details about the event/project?
  • How will you know if the project is achievable?
  • How will you demonstrate your ability to deliver the project?
  • What specifically will the Community Sponsorship funds be spent on to support your event?
  • How will you promote and market about your event?
  • How will you determine if your event has been successful?
  • What social and community outcomes is your project expected to achieve?
  • Does your project relate to a current Baw Baw Shire Council plan or strategy?
  • Have you considered community connectedness and inclusion requirements in relation to the needs of our diverse Baw Baw Shire community and other user groups?
  • What other relevant support material can you provide with your application eg; budget, quotations, timeline etc?

Take this opportunity to contact us NOW to discuss your event planning to date and we can talk through the application process and its requirements with you.      

Baw Baw Shire Council's Community Sponsorship Program can assist eligible community groups deliver events in Baw Baw Shire. 

Enquiries and assistance

For enquiries and assistance, email or call 1300 Baw Baw (1300 229 229) during office hours.