Working with community groups

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Strengthening community 

The Community Partnerships unit works together with residents, community groups, organisations and government to support a community that is inclusive, strong and resilient.

Within the Community Partnerships unit the Strong Communities team focuses on programs and partnerships with residents, community groups, organisations and government, seeking to ensure all people in the community have opportunities to learn, make connections, have a say and contribute to their community in a meaningful manner.  

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

Community resources

Strategic Planning Masterclasses (On hold until further notice due to COVID-19 pandemic) 

Strategic planning is a proven tool that strengthens organisations in both their aspirations and actions, this masterclass is intended to provide a hands-on, shared experience of strategic planning for community groups. The classes are kept small, involving two members of five different not for profit organisations in each round. At the end of each round groups have 

  • Clarified their vision and purpose.
  • Increased their strategic planning and evaluation capabilities.
  • Reviewed their branding impact.
  • Developed a draft strategic plan and action plan.

In 2019 three masterclasses will be held, each will be advertised to GEE newsletter subscribers (see below).

Networking Forums for Not-for-Profit Groups (On hold until further notice due to COVID-19 pandemic) 

Regular forums that bring together representatives of not-for-profit and 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. 

Network forums are usually held 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 newsletter (see below).


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]


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. Go to community grants page for more detail.

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.

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 on the Consumer Affairs Victoria website.

Damn Good Advice for Treasurers

The name says it all. Go to 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 website:

Damn Good Advice for Board Members



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