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The Community Partnerships unit works with individuals, groups and non-profit organisations to build our community’s capacity to fulfil its needs and aspirations.

The team can help to connect you with other local organisations and service providers and identify sources of funding for community projects or events.

For more information please contact us on 03 5434 6000 or [email protected]

Strong Communities Not For Profit Networking Forums

Regular network forums that bring together representatives of not-for-profit groups, with an emphasis on intentional networking and reflection on group health, governance and innovation.

Each network forum accommodates 30 people. Community groups are be able to register up to two representatives to attend. Participants enjoy a meal together. There is no cost to attend, other than purchasing your own drinks. 

In 2019 four network forums will be held through out the year, in the months of March, June, September and December. An invitation to each forum is sent two weeks before the event to not-for-profit organisations who subscribe to GEE (see below).

Resources for community groups


GEE (Grants, Events, Etc) is an electronic newsletter that shares with community groups and organisations the latest grant opportunities, upcoming workshops, events and much more. Subscribe now by emailing [email protected]


Please note also the Community Grant Program is currently under review – please visit this page again for further updates mid-year.  For more information  Go to Community Grants

Revenue Raising Guide

Practical advice on issues relating to group revenue raising. This guide stresses the importance of planning for increasing the chances of success when groups apply for grants, seek donations or sponsorship, recruit members, and run events and activities.

Financial Management for Committees Guide

Ensuring your group’s finances are healthy and robust will support your strategic mission, vision and objectives. Well planned and informed financial management will assist all committee members to be on the same page.

Risk Assessment Management Guide

Risk is a part of our everyday lives whether it’s at home, working, participating in a sporting activity or volunteering with a local community group. For committees of community groups it is your responsibility to ensure that risks to people and property involved in your activities are well managed.

Strategic Planning Guide

Strategic Planning helps provide clarity and focus for your committee, staff, volunteers and members.

Community Events, Planning and Sustainability Guide

The City of Greater Bendigo supports a diverse range of community events which contribute to community development while enhancing the quality of life of residents.  The following guide gives you an opportunity to reflect on your groups willingness and preparedness to hold an event and explores how you might fund and resource the event.

Committee Roles and Responsibilities Guide

The following guide is aimed at providing some clarity and understanding about of the different roles members of any committee might expected to fulfil.

Marketing and Communications Guide

Being strategic about your communication will assist you in all aspects of meeting your group’s goals.

Succession Planning for Committees of Management

One of the biggest challenges for committees of management (CoM), is succession planning. Successful succession planning for a committee is ensuring that on an annual basis, one or two new committee members come on board; while a similar number of committee members step down.


Greater Bendigo Community Buildings Policy

Community buildings provide spaces for community members to gather for a diverse range of purposes, including creative, health, learning, recreational and social purposes. Community buildings support many different community health and wellbeing outcomes, as well as economic participation outcomes.

We’re developing a Community Buildings Policy (Policy) to guide decision making about the future planning, development, resourcing, management and use of community buildings across Greater Bendigo.

Currently there is no Policy, and this makes it difficult to be fair and equitable when decisions that are linked to community buildings need to be made.

Examples of topics the Policy will need to respond to include:

  • What should the vision and principles be that will guide future decision making linked to community buildings?
  • How should community buildings (e.g. development, maintenance and management) be resourced in the future?

A ‘deliberative engagement’ approach is going to be taken to Policy development, meaning the people involved (including community representatives) will need to consider and discuss a range of information before making collective Policy recommendations.

The role:

We’re seeking up to ten community representatives from diverse backgrounds and with diverse community networks to support the Policy’s development.

As a community representative you’ll play a key role in building understanding of what the key issues and opportunities are, what the vision for the future of community buildings should be, and how the Policy could support that vision. There is an expectation that you’ll work with your community networks to develop your understanding of the key issues and opportunities.

The commitment:

Community representatives will be asked to:

  • undertake some background reading to prepare for workshops.
  • participate in three workshops that will each be approximately three hours in length, plus lead some ‘kitchen table’ conversation within their community networks. (These are expected to occur from October through to March, with no workshops to be scheduled for December or January).

Stage 1: Learning together and building shared understanding

Workshop 1

  • Perspectives on why a policy is needed – issues and opportunities

Workshop 2

  • Policy vision and principles
  • Policy considerations
  • ‘Kitchen table’ conversation planning (up to two kitchen table conversations per community representative)

Kitchen table conversations (led by the community representatives, supported by a City staff member)

  • issues and opportunities discussion
  • proposed Policy vision and principles

Stage 2: Applying our learnings

Workshop 3

Critical reflection: what was learnt from the kitchen table conversations that should be incorporated into the Policy, and why?

You will also be invited to provide feedback on the draft Policy once it has been prepared, and to encourage other community members to provide feedback on the draft Policy once it is public advertised for community comment.

How you can get involved:

If this role interests you, please submit an expression of interest here.

The expression of interest questions seek information about where you live, your age and:

  • Your ability to think strategically
  • Your ability to provide community leadership
  • Any knowledge and / or experience you have in community building planning and development
  • Any knowledge and / or experience you have in community building governance and management
  • Any knowledge and / or experience you have in community building usage
  • Your community networks

Expressions of interest close at 5pm on Wednesday August 21, 2019.

How and when community representatives will be selected:

A small panel made up of some Councillors and some City staff will review and evaluate all expressions of interest received. Your responses to the expression of interest questions will form the basis for the evaluation.

The selection process will aim to achieve diversity of community representation from across Greater Bendigo.

Please note that there is limit on the number of community representative places available and not all expressions of interest will be successful. We will contact you to advise of the outcome of your expression of interest.

Further information:

If you would like to discuss the expression of interest opportunity or project in greater detail, please contact:

Deb Simpson
Coordinator Strong Communities
City of Greater Bendigo
03 5434 6000

Contact us

For more information please contact us on 03 5434 6000 or [email protected]

More information

External links

The Secretary's Satchel

A comprehensive guide to the Secretary's role in running an incorporated association. It includes tool kits, samples, precedents and examples.

Go to the Secretary's Satchel website

The Model Rules

You can find a copy of the model rules here:


Damn Good Advice for Treasurers

The name says it all. Go to ourcommunity.com.au website:

Damn Good Advice for Treasurers

Damn Good Advice for Board Members

Twenty five questions a not-for-profit board member needs to ask about finances. Go to ourcommunity.com.au website:

Damn Good Advice for Board Members

Transitioning Towns Toolbox

The Toolbox is a practical guide for community planning groups, local government authorities and other stakeholders to assist in the positive transition of small towns into the future. Go to Loddon Mallee Regional Development Australia:

Transitioning Towns Toolbox

Governance Institute of Australia

Good Governance Guides for the Not For Profit sector

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