The City of Greater Bendigo's Community Grants Program provides an opportunity for not-for-profit groups or a registered business to develop projects that complement areas identified as priorities in the Community Plan 2017-2021.
Love Your Local Volunteers – Community Group Reactivation Grants (temporary until June 30, 2021)
In response to the impacts of COVID-19, the City has established temporary Community Group Reactivation Grants. To be eligible for these grants, you must be an incorporated not-for-profit community group or organisation.
The Community Group Reactivation Grants are for initiatives that encourage a reactivation of volunteers, members and community participation. It also hopes to increase community connections and networks during the COVID-19 recovery.
- Community Group Reactivation Grants - up to $3,000
- Community Group Essentials grants - up to $3,000
- Small grants - up to $3,000
- Town Hall Community Use Subsidy Program
- Large grants – $50,000 (with a maximum of $25,000 in any financial year).
- Under review
- Medium grants - up to $10,000
- Re-opens March 1 2021
- Great Ideas grants
- Under review
Preparing your application
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.
Resources to assist with grant applications:
- Community Grants – Guidelines - 2018-2021
- Applying for a Community Grant Tutorial
- Successful Grant Application Tutorial
- Great Ideas Grant - Guide
- Event Management Plan
- Community Grants Budget Template
- Greater Bendigo Community Plan
- Greater Bendigo Health and Wellbeing Plan
- Active Living Census
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 Granting Policy
View our Community Granting Policy.
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]