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Community sponsorship program for Baw Baw opening in July
Sponsorship and grants for community organisations to assist for the community development.
Community organisations, sporting clubs and volunteer groups looking to host events or participate in activities are encouraged to apply for funding through Council's Community Sponsorship Program. The first round of the program will open for applications from Monday 5 July at 9.00am until Monday 2 August at 12.00pm. This year three rounds of funding are available across two categories - community events and ambassadors. A further two rounds will open for applications in November 2021 and March 2022.
The Community Sponsorship program aims to encourage and assist individuals and community groups that make positive contributions within Baw Baw
Support for groups or individuals
The ambassador category supports groups or individuals in representing the Shire in achievements in their areas of interest, which could include arts, sporting, academic or environmental endeavours. Up to $500 is available for individuals and $1000 for teams.
The community event category supports the delivery of youth events and programs, one-off events and new and existing events in Baw Baw Shire, with up to $5000 available. Potential applicants are encouraged to think creatively about how they can engage the community with their events in line with COVID-19 restrictions.
Contact coordinator for guidance
Recently funded projects include Gardivalia Festival of Gardens. Unable to take place in 2020 due to COVID19, Gardivalia will open private gardens across Noojee, Neerim, Warragul and Ellinbank during spring. As part of the application process, community groups are required to contact Council's Events Coordinator for guidance on event planning and public event permit and insurance requirements.
To be eligible for funding, applications must be presented by not-for-profit incorporated organisations that are delivering activities in Baw Baw Shire, or are supporting an individual/team member who are residents of Baw Baw Shire.
Events to be assessed
Community events will be assessed for achieving connectedness and inclusion, leading towards positive social outcomes and overall merit. Community events may still be 12 months away but can still be planned for and are eligible to receive funding.
Activities can also be delivered through an auspice arrangement, providing the eligibility criteria is met and a separate auspice application is made to Council. This information is available on Council's website.
Potential applicants are encouraged to think creatively about how they can engage the community with their events in line with COVID-19 restrictions
Mayor Cr Danny Goss said, "Community Sponsorship is a great way for community groups and individuals to get extra support to make their event, program or activity a reality. Over the past year we've seen some fantastic initiatives take place with support from this program, with more planned in the coming months."
For more information or to apply for sponsorship funding, visit community sponsorship program.
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