Community sponsorship

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At City West Water we are committed to supporting our community to develop and prosper. That's why we are always ready to support community events, functions and programs that celebrate our vibrant community. We do this in a number of ways including sponsoring community organisations and events. 

2021 events and coronavirus (COVID-19)

With restrictions on face to face gatherings and events likely to be in place for quite some time, we are looking at creative ways to keep our communities connected and have recently adapted our community sponsorship program accordingly.

We have developed our next community sponsorship round to be more flexible so we can support you continue to deliver your community programs and events in this new environment

Whether you are planning on engaging your community through an online production, concert or webinar, we look forward to receiving your application.


To be eligible to apply and receive community sponsorship, your event must meet the following six criteria:

  • Criteria 1: Your event will be held in City West Water's service area, which encompasses Brimbank, Hobsons Bay, Maribyrnong, Melbourne (north of the Yarra River), Moonee Valley, Wyndham, Yarra and parts of Melton and Hume.
  • Criteria 2: Your organisation has not-for-profit status.
  • Criteria 3: Your event will have an opportunity to educate participants on the value of water, how to use it wisely or how to reduce single use plastic water bottles.
  • Criteria 4: Your event will recognise City West Water as an Event Partner on the event’s website/web page at least two weeks prior to the event/program.
  • Criteria 5: Your event will promote City West Water as an Event Partner on at least one event-related social media channel (eg Facebook, Instagram or Twitter) at least one week prior to the event/program.
  • Criteria 6: Your event shares three high resolution event/program-related images with City West Water within five business days of the event’s completion with authorisation to use these images for promotional purposes.

Application submission deadlines

We receive a high volume of applications per year, so to ensure your application can be processed, you must plan ahead of time.

Community sponsorships are granted in 2 rounds annually; January - June (Round 1) and July - December (Round 2). Applications close 3 months prior to the start of each round, as outlined below.

Please note: Due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, some community events may not be able to take place due to distancing restrictions at the time the event is scheduled to happen. If the event is not able to take place due to restrictions, the sponsorship application cannot be granted.

Community events in 2021

Round 1
Events held in January - June 2021
This round has now closed.

Applications will be assessed in the first week of October 2020 with applicants notified in the following week.

Round 2
Events held in July – December 2021
Applications open: 1 April 2021
Applications close: 30 April 2021

Applications will be assessed in the first week of May 2021 with applicants notified in the following two weeks.

How to apply

To apply for sponsorship, please follow these three steps:

  1. Confirm your eligibility using the criteria above.
  2. Ensure you are applying within the correct timeframe, based on the application deadlines above.
  3. Submit the Community sponsorship online application form, ensuring you’ve read and accepted the terms and conditions.

Community sponsorship FAQs

What is City West Water’s community sponsorship program?

Our community sponsorship program aims to support community events and programs that celebrate and connect our vibrant community. Local events have a positive impact on our community, and we are committed to supporting organisations bring their events to life so that our community continues to thrive.

Who can apply?

Not-for-profit community organisations in City West Water’s service area which encompasses Brimbank, Hobsons Bay, Maribyrnong, Melbourne (north of the Yarra River), Moonee Valley, Wyndham, Yarra and parts of Melton and Hume.

When do applications open?

The community sponsorship program invites applications twice a year.

Round 1 – applications open on Tuesday 1 September and close on Wednesday 30 September 2020 (for events covering January to June 2021).

Round 2 – applications open on Monday 1 March and close on Wednesday 31 March 2021 (for events covering July to December 2021).

Has any of the criteria changed due to coronavirus (COVID-19)?

No, our selection criteria remain the same. However, we have updated our community sponsorship focus to support our community during coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions. We have created a flexible round of sponsorship, designed to support organisations deliver a range of new-look events and programs, such as online productions, concerts and webinars.

What happens if social distancing and event restrictions continue to persist into 2021?

All events will need to adhere to government coronavirus (COVID-19) advice to be eligible for our support. If, once funded by City West Water, your event needs to be modified to fall in line with the latest government health advice, please contact us as soon as possible so we can determine what our event funding might look like. If, once funded by City West Water, your event is unable to go ahead in the 2021 calendar year, please contact us as soon as possible as funds (in part or in full) will need to be returned to City West Water. Please refer to our terms and conditions for further information.

How can I find out more information?

Please visit our community sponsorship page for more information or contact our Events Team at

For more information email our community sponsorship team or contact us at the below:

Events and Sponsorship Team
City West Water
Locked Bag 350
Sunshine Vic 3020

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Does your event need mobile water fountains?

Our mobile water fountains are free to eligible not-for-profit organisations and come in two different sizes, mounted on a trailer.


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