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Apply for a grant


The Connected Communities program is a Bendigo Bank initiative that aims to assist in providing grants for projects that will enhance the prosperity of a broad range of local not-for-profit community organisations who can clearly demonstrate the social benefits of their project for their own members and/or the broader Ballarat Community.

How it works

Ongoing funding for Ballarat Connected Communities Ltd (BCC) is provided by Bendigo Bank as commissions paid on selected accounts of customers who have elected to support BCC. These commissions are paid as part of the Bendigo Bank's community engagement budget and are made at no cost to the customer.

How to apply

To apply for a community based grant, please complete the application form linked below.
If your application is successful, you will be required to:
• Make an appropriate acknowledgement of the funding source(s) for the project (Recognition of Benefits Provided), as outlined in the below form.
• Complete the Grant Assessment Form on the completion of the project.

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Eligibility criteria

- Applicants must be a community group or a not-for-profit organisation within the municipal boundaries of Ballarat.
- Grant applications must fit into one of the following grant categories:

  • Youth;
  • Community services;
  • Sport;
  • Environment;
  • Disability;
  • Community events;
  • Arts & culture;
  • Health & wellbeing;

- Applicants must hold an ABN and hold an appropriate public liability insurance policy.
- Successful applicants must complete the Funding Agreement and provide a tax invoice to BCC prior to receiving funding.

inEligibility criteria
  • If profits do not go to a community group or non-for-profit organisation.
  • Activities promoting discrimination, violence, anti-social conduct, political or religious views.
  • Projects not considered to benefit the communities of Ballarat, determined by the BCC board.
  • Organisations who receive direct income from electronic gaming machines.
  • Requests to cover the cost of wages or salaries.
  • Applications for Federal and State Government bodies or institutions.
  • Organisations who have received funding from BCC in the past 12 months.
  • Applications from individuals.
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Levels of funding

BCC preferred level of funding will be capped at $5,000 per organisation for Community projects. Funding above $5,000 will be considered on a case-by-case basis and presented to the BCC Board for approval.

Application Process
  • Grant applications are assessed by the Board of Directors based on the eligibility criteria.
  • Applicants are advised in writing and successful applicants must submit an invoice for payment.
  • Upon receipt of the invoice, funds are provided to applicants via their Bendigo Bank account.
  • Promotion of grant recipients occurs through media activity.
  • Grant recipients provide written report advising the outcome of the grant expenditure.
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