Working with community groups

'Ride 4 Dad' BBQ

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.  

Community resources

Grants, Events, Etc (GEE)

GEE 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 Greater Bendigo Council Plan (Mir Wimbul) 2021-2025.

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 1300 002 642 or c[email protected]


General venue requests

For information on how to make a general venue request (not related to a specific community building) please refer to:

Other websites

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