Ballarat Connected Communities (BCC) is an independent, philanthropic body overseeing charitable grants derived from the three Bendigo Bank branches across Ballarat. It is a not for profit company, providing a platform for community groups and organisations to apply for funding across a number of different sectors, located in the Ballarat area.

What does BCC do?

In partnership with the Bendigo Bank, BCC distributes grants to a variety of members in our community to benefit the broader community as a whole.

All over Australia, the Bendigo and Adelaide Bank have established more than 200 Community Companies, some as ‘Community Banks’ and others as ‘Connected Communities’, whose contributions to local communities has recently exceeded $165 million and growing every year.

Since establishing Ballarat Connected Communities Ltd in 2017, we have given away over $100,000 to local community groups and organisations.

Key dates

General BCC Grants OPEN – SEPTEMBER 2021

Here’s how it works.

Ballarat Connected Communities (BCC) raises money through a disbursement provided by the Bendigo Bank and its partners.

When you do your banking with the Bendigo Bank, a dividend comes back to the community. All you have to do is nominate BCC as your chosen charity. It’s that simple!

BCC is owned by the residents of Ballarat and its board is made up of elected representatives (directors).

The board assesses all applications for grants and makes decisions on how the money is spent, according to key selection criteria. Grants are administered twice a year. See our Grant Applications section for more.

It’s a great idea, how can I help?

Visit your Ballarat Bendigo Bank branch and speak to their friendly staff, who will advise you on how you nominate Ballarat Connected Communities (BCC) as your chosen charity. We’ll do the rest!

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