Great Ideas Grant

Round closed, assessment occurring 

The City of Greater Bendigo and Fosterville Gold Mine have established the Great ideas Grant to “kick start” great ideas. A total of $60,000 of funding is available to support social innovation projects within the Greater Bendigo Community.

After all, it only takes one great idea to make a difference!

The application and assessment process

Step 1 - Expression of Interest

Expressions of Interest have closed.  

Step 2 (by invitation only)

Submit your detailed online application including a revised project partnership ‘test’ (if required) and an evaluation proposal between April 8 and April 30, 2019.

The Partnership Test can be found here: Great Ideas Grant Partnership Test

By invitation apply here

Step 3 (by invitation only)

Develop your ‘project pitch’ for the Assessment Panel, between May 8 and May 20, 2019.

Present your ‘project pitch’ to the Assessment Panel on the morning of May 21, 2019.

Attend the funding announcement ceremony, during afternoon of May 21, 2019.


Community Grants

The City of Greater Bendigo's Community Grants Program provides an opportunity for not for profit groups, or a registered business develop projects that complement areas identified as priorities in the Community Plan 2017-2021.

  • Medium grants - up to $10,000
  • Waste Reduction Grants up to $15,000 
    • 2019 Round closed
    • Next round to be advised
    • AIM: To reduce the amount of waste generated in Greater Bendigo. The $15,000 in available funding may be distributed to one or multiple projects
  • Large grants – up to $50,000 - with a maximum of $25,000 in any financial year
    • Round closed
    • Next round opens July 2020
    • For further information please email [email protected]
  • Bendigo Town Hall Community Use Subsidy program

Preparing your application

We recommend that you discuss your proposed project with us to make sure your group is eligible and to understand the guidelines and application process.

Resources to assist with grant applications:

Evaluating your project

If you are a recipient of a grant you are required to submit a project evaluation within 60 days of the completion of your project. Go to the Community Grants Project Evaluation Form.

Contact us

Contact a community grants officer on 03 5434 6000 or email [email protected] 

Community Granting Policy

Grant stories

Find out about some of our community grant recipients and how they applied for grants with a purpose in mind: 

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