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Grant Applications are Open for Locals by Locals

Funding opportunities for local organisations are available as Ballarat Connected Communities announces the first round of grant applications are open.

Ballarat Connected Communities (BCC) is an independent 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.

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.

Twice per year Ballarat Connected Communities will provide grants for projects that will provide opportunities for a broad range of local not for profit community organisations.

Cameron Montgomery, Chair, Ballarat Connected Communities commented, “We have been setting up the governance and application process as a board and now are thrilled to announce the first round of grant applications are available. This initiative is auspice by the Bendigo Bank, always thinking of their local community and helping out where they can.”

He continued, “All our funding comes from Bendigo Bank, who pay a commission to our organisation when locals tag their account with BCC. These commissions are paid as part of the Bendigo Bank’s community engagement budget and are made at no cost to the Bendigo Bank customer. So, the grants are essentially provided by locals for locals.”

Applicants must be a community group or not-for-profit organisation within the City of Ballarat.

Grants are awarded to organisations who can clearly demonstrate the social benefits of their project for their own members and/or the broader Ballarat Community.

Local organisations can apply via the BCC website via an online form.  www.ballaratconnectedcommunities.com.au  The grant applications are assessed by the BCC Grants committee and successful applicants will be notified after the closing date of 22 November.

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