Community sponsorship applications opening soon

The first round of Council’s 2020/21 Community Sponsorship Program will open for applications from 21 September to 1 November.

This year three rounds of funding will be available across two categories – community events and ambassadors.

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 $1500 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 while we continue to be impacted by COVID-19.

As part of the application process, community groups will be 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.

Community events will be assessed for achieving connectedness and inclusion, leading towards positive social outcomes and overall merit.

A second and third round will open in January 2021 and April 2021.

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 edibility criteria is met and a separate auspice application is made to Council. This information is available on Council’s website.

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