City provides Partnering for Impact Grants

Media release

Eight local organisations have received grants totalling $600,000 over the next three years through the City of Greater Bendigo’s Partnering for Impact (PFI) Grants.

Greater Bendigo Mayor Cr Andrea Metcalf said the City’s Community Grants Program supports organisations to undertake activities that benefit our community and the PFI Grants have a strong focus on partnering to try and boost these benefits.

"The PFI Grants are a newly established category within the City’s Community Grants Program that offer local organisations the opportunity to apply for up to $75,000 in funding over the grant’s three-year life span, with a maximum of $25,000 in any one financial year," Cr Metcalf said.

"The funded activities will contribute to community priorities identified in the Greater Bendigo Council Plan 2021-2025 Mir wimbul or Healthy Greater Bendigo 2021-2025.

"Last year we reviewed the Community Grants Policy and Program to ensure they were supporting changing community needs, were fairer and that community grants were easier to apply for.

"The PFI Grants respond to community feedback that multi-year grants will increase the potential for strategic partnering and impact and enable grant recipients to plan and move forward with greater confidence. 

"The City’s Community Grants are greatly valued. Many different clubs, groups and organisations have received funding to undertake an array of activities that have helped to make our region a great place to live, play, work and visit.  

"Most would not be able to undertake the important activities without community the funding."

The successful PFI Grant recipients, who will receive $25,000 each year for the next three years, include:

  • Bendigo Foodshare - to increase opportunities for community engagement and education in food production and healthy meal preparation.
  • Sisterworks - to increase opportunities for industry training and pathways into local employment for migrant and refugee women.
  • Bendigo Volunteer Resource Centre - to increase opportunities for volunteer and community group capability building.
  • Golden Dragon Museum - to increase opportunities for temporary exhibitions and community enjoyment of arts and culture.
  • Sports Focus - to support LGBTQIA+ access and inclusion in community sport active recreation and play.
  • Arena Theatre Company - to increase opportunities for community enjoyment of emerging and independent children’s theatre.
  • Goldfields Local Learning and Employment Network - to increase opportunities for community-led engagement about local training and employment pathways.
  • Indian Association of Bendigo - to increase opportunities for community engagement and education about our diverse community and enjoyment of arts and culture.
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