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.
Community Grants Policy and Program Review
- Tell us what you think of the City of Greater Bendigo’s Community Grants Program
- Help shape the program for the future
The City of Greater Bendigo's Community Granting Policy (2018) and Program is undergoing review.
Community engagement is being held between Tuesday 6 April 20201 – Friday 7 May 2021.
Have your say
There are three ways you can participate in the review.
- Complete the online survey
- Write a submission
- Attend a workshop
Who can I contact for further information?
You can contact the City’s Community Grants team on (03) 5434 6000 or email [email protected]
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.
Medium Community Grants available from March 1, 2021
The next round of the City of Greater Bendigo Medium Community Grants Program will open on March 1 and close at 5pm on March 31, 2021.
Through these grants community groups and businesses can apply for funding of up to $10,000 for community focused projects.
- 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
- Medium grants - up to $10,000
- Next round opens July 1 2021
- Enquiries [email protected]
- Large grants – $50,000 (with a maximum of $25,000 in any financial year).
- Under review
- 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]