Community Sponsorship Program

The Community Sponsorship Program enables Council to work in partnership with our community to build a vibrant, connected and liveable Hawkesbury.

Council’s Community Sponsorship Program provides financial assistance to support Hawkesbury based community organisations or individuals wanting to undertake activities that address key strategies and directions within Council’s Community Strategic Plan.

Round 1 2020/2021 is now open and applications will be received until close of business 13 November 2020. Applications received after that date will be retained for inclusion in Round 2 later in the financial year.

There are three categories within the Community Sponsorship Program.

Access to Community Facilities

Financial assistance may be provided to subsidise half (50%) of the cost of hiring a Council or community facility with a maximum Council contribution of $750-. To be eligible an applicant must be a not-for-profit community group located in the Hawkesbury or providing services to the Hawkesbury.


Financial assistance may be provided to support the participation of residents who have been selected to represent their community in regional, national or international sporting competitions and cultural events. The level of contribution has been set at $150- for individuals and $750- for a team of 5 or more.

Resilient Hawkesbury

Council may provide funding community programs that help build a connected, healthy, inclusive and resilient Hawkesbury. The maximum funding is $3000-.

Community Sponsorship Strategy

Hawkesbury City Council has recently developed a Community Sponsorship Strategy. The Strategy delivers a transparent framework for Council to determine funding for community organisations and individuals applying under the Resilient Hawkesbury category.

As part of the Community Sponsorship Strategy Council has developed an:

  • Eligibility Criteria – Council will only support community organisations and individuals whose applications meet the Criteria in the Eligibility Criteria. It is recommended that sponsorship applicants review the Criteria and ensure that their application meets the Criteria guidelines.
  • Assessment Criteria Matrix – Council will assess each application against the Assessment Criteria Matrix to provide objectivity and a guide to applicant’s about the criteria Council will be using when making a decision about whether to support the project. The ‘score’ will be a good guide as to whether Council will support the event. It is recommended applicants review the Assessment Matrix Criteria and associated information to ensure their event scores as highly as possible on the Matrix.

It is recommended that all applicants review the Community Sponsorship Strategy, particularly the Eligibility Criteria and the Assessment Criteria Matrix prior to submitting a Community Sponsorship Application Form

Council can also support Registered Charitable Organisations to promote signature events and/or national/state-wide funding appeals. To learn about Council’s approach to supporting these initiatives please review Council’s Guidelines for Working with Charitable Organisations (PDF - 157KB)

If you would like more information on sponsorship opportunities or to apply for funding, please contact Hawkesbury City Council's Volunteer Programs and Community Grants Co-Ordinator on (02) 4560 4576 or

For information on funding for community events please contact our Events Co-ordinator on (02) 4560 4404.

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