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Community sponsorship now available for events and ambassadorships in Baw Baw Shire until 8 August 2022

Applications are now open for individuals and not-for-profit sporting/community groups for funding through council's Community Sponsorship program for activities that support vibrant social and community outcomes.

By news@gippsland - 4th July 2022 - Back to News

The 'Community Sponsorship' program aims to support delivery of vibrant community events and/or support individuals/groups competing in or attending an event to become ambassadors for our region whilst representing Baw Baw Shire. Last year 31 local groups, events and regional ambassadors received council grants and sponsorship support. Recipients ranged from the Aberfeldy Cemetery Trust to the West Gippsland Hockey Association and everything in between, demonstrating the wide breadth of funding opportunities available.

The Community Sponsorship program aims to encourage and assist individuals and community groups that make positive contributions within Baw Baw

The Community Sponsorship program aims to encourage and assist individuals and community groups that make positive contributions within Baw Baw

Sponsorship categories

Funding is available in two categories:

Community events

Up to $5,000 available for not-for-profit groups/businesses to deliver events which can be youth events and programs, one off events, new and existing events.

Baw Baw Ambassadors

Up to $500 for individuals or $1,500 for groups/teams that are based in Baw Baw Shire and competing in or attending an event representing the region can apply.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for funding, applicants must be not-for-profit, have a legal status and ensure their project will be delivered within Baw Baw Shire's municipal boundaries. Applications must:

  • Contribute to positive community and social outcomes
  • Create stronger connections within the community
  • Celebrate different ages and cultures
  • Recognise an opportunity to create connections
  • Commemorate a significant event

Government and education bodies, private businesses and applicants who have already received a sponsorship in the same financial year will not be accepted. Applications open today for five weeks, closing at 12pm on Monday 8 August 2022. This is the first round of funding for 2022/23 and a second round will open in March 2023.

How to apply

The application process has slightly changed for this year and the process is easy, application must be made via appointment. To explore if Community Sponsorship may be able to assist you, simply give our Social and Community Planning team a call on 1300 229 229 during business hours or email to make an appointment either in person or over the phone. All funding enquiries can be made via the same contact details.

Community Sponsorship is part of council's commitment to community development, building responsible leadership and creating vibrant communities. For more information go to Baw Baw Shire's 'Community Sponsorship' web page.

Reinvigorating local social scene

Mayor Cr Michael Leaney said, "As a council, we're committed to supporting vibrant social and community outcomes for our residents. Over the last two years, Covid-19 has heavily impacted our social connectedness through community events and sporting competitions."

"Through the Community Sponsorship program, we want to support our community to reinvigorate our local social scene through events and ambassadorship opportunities."

"If you're a local community group planning an event or ambassadorship opportunity and would like some financial assistance, I strongly encourage you to get in contact with us to see if we can assist you." Cr Leaney said.

Pictures from Baw Baw Shire Council Facebook page.


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