Important notice

All Community Grant applications need to align to the priorities within either of the following plans:

Community Christmas Meal Events Grant

Find an organisation hosting a Christmas Meal event near you.

Open grants

    Community Group Essentials grants - up to $3,000 - Emergency running costs 

    Round now open. Please see important notice above before applying.

    Small grants - up to $3,000 - Small projects or upgrades

    Round now open. Please see important notice above before applying.


    Closed grants

    Large grants – up $25,000 - Upgrades and Projects

    • The Large Grant Program for 2022/2023 has closed.

    Medium grants - up to $10,000 - Upgrades and Projects

    • Round 2 of the Medium Grant Program for 2022/2023 has closed. 

    Community Christmas Meal Events 2022

    • The Community Christmas Meal Events for 2022 has closed.

    Great Ideas grants

    • Under review 


    Preparing your application

    Online tutorial

    This short online tutorial assists groups and organisations who are considering applying for a City community grant. The tutorial contains information on how to address grant criteria and clearly articulate your project (the what, why, how and who), information on eligibility, and general grant writing tips and information.

    View the City's online grant writing tutorial.

    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.


    Community Grants Policy and Program Review

    The City of Greater Bendigo's Community Granting Policy (2018) and Program is undergoing a review to help shape the program for the future.   The community engagement period for this review is now complete, and the City extends it appreciation to everyone who participated.  The feedback and learnings from the engagement period are now being analysed, and the outcomes of the review will inform the development of a new draft policy. The City is planning on asking the community for feedback on the draft community grants policy towards the end of this year.

    Contact us

      Contact a Community Grants Officer on: 

      1300 002 642 or email [email protected] 

        Community Granting Policy

        Additional resources

        Bendigo Funding Finder 

        The City has collaborated with GrantGuru to establish a customised search tool for locating potential funding opportunities - Bendigo Funding Finder - which is freely available to Greater Bendigo community organisations. The site has two search tabs - community and business, key word filtering, as well as helpful hints and information.

        GEE (Grants, Events, Etc) 

        GEE (Grants, Events, Etc) is an electronic newsletter for community groups and organisations that details the latest grant opportunities, as well as upcoming events and some community resources. Subscribe now by emailing [email protected]

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