Working with community groups

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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 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.

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 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

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

Kerry Anderson - Community Resources

Kerry Anderson is a businesswoman and community advocate from Central Victoria. Kerry is passionate about rural and regional Australia and a visit to Kerry's website will soon unearth some great advice and even free resources for your community group:

Governance Institute of Australia

Good Governance Guides for the Not For Profit sector

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