Media Release – 2018 Small Grants Round

Scott Dickson   
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May 05

The Community Foundation for Central Victoria is pleased to announce their Small Grants Round for 2018 is now open. A total pool of $12,000 is on offer, to Central Victorian community organisations in categories such as community capacity building,

A Helping Hand in the Creative Arts

The Community Foundation for Central Victoria is proud to announce the recipients of the Holsworth Creative Arts Bursary,  awarded to two Bendigo South East College students, Max Harris and NayYeThwey Aung. Each

Bendigo Education City Fund Launched

The Bendigo Education City Fund was launched at the 2017 Bendigo Business Excellence Awards, on the 9th of June, by Maria Simpson, Chair of the Education City initiative. Ann Lanberry, CEO of the Community Foundation for Central Victoria said that ” we are delighted to be able to partner with Be. Bendigo

Big Day of Giving Sacramento – Priceless

Reflections on Sacramento’s Giving Day The Big Day of Giving (BDOG) raised $7.1m on Thursday 4th March – I was there, it was fun. And yet, and yet, they were the teensiest bit disappointed that they only raised the same as last year. The Sacramento Region Community Foundation’s Giving Day

2017 Community Grants Recipients

It was fantastic to see the community gathered this morning at the iconic Bendigo Tramways Depot, to hear the recipients of the Foundation’s 2017 grants announced.  These grants are made possible thanks to our community-minded

10 Feminist Disney Films

It is March 8, International Women’s Day! There are many ways to celebrate women and this day. For those who want to celebrate quietly, why not sit back and pop on a feminist Disney movie. I know, Disney doesn’t

2016 Richard & Claire Guy Scholarship recipients announced

The Community Foundation of Central Victoria is delighted to formally announce the Richard and Clare Guy Scholarship recipients for the 2015/16 year. The scholarship pool worth $4000, has been awarded to four local Bendigo students of La Trobe University, who are overcoming educational disadvantage

Equity Prevents Violence Launch

Bryan Hodgson, Equity Prevents Violence Committee; Carley Hodgson, Northern City Insurance Brokers; Adam Tarr, Bendigo Spirit; & David Andrew   dsc_0108 Penny Wilkinson, Community Foundation; Tricia Currie, Women’s Health

Big Give Celebrates the Power of Community

As part of the Community and Philanthropy Partnerships Week on 5-11 December 2016, Community Foundation for Central Victoria is proud to showcase the power of community partnerships in our region by celebrating the great success of Big Give – Australia’s first online

Big Give, Central Victoria’s biggest ever online fundraising platform, is here!

More than 60 not for profits, community groups and sports clubs have registered a campaign on Big Give to raise funds for their organisation or cause. Donations are already starting to come in – some campaigns have already hit 100% of their

Online Giving – Mobile Donations – Guest Post

  Online Donations Graphic Online giving is an increasing trend.  Successful communities need to tap into this trend to maximise their fundraising. Social Media such as; Facebook, Instagram and Blogger integrate seamlessly with online giving campaigns.

As more and more people gain

City joins Big Give

The Foundation is delighted to announce that the City of Greater Bendigo is supporting this year’s Big Give fundraising campaign.

The Big Give runs from August 1 to September 1, and sees not-for-profit community groups register online to raise funds for projects.

Cash prizes will

AFS & Associates : The Community Foundation’s Partner In Success

Six months ago AFS started working with the Community Foundation providing bookkeeping and accounting support to our organisation.  The results have been transformational. Like many small organisations we ran our accounts on a desktop accounting package.  We were looking for a way of doing things faster and more effectively and AFS

Bendigo Volunteer Resource Centre

The Bendigo Volunteer Resource Centre are ready for Big Give! The local organisation provides the vital links for resourcing, supporting and connecting volunteers and volunteering involving organisations across Central Victoria. This humble group of volunteers are passionate about enhancing the local Bendigo community and have so far placed Read More

Community spirit on show at ‘Shop to Stop’ fundraiser

A total of $560 was raised for the ‘Shop to Stop’, Equity Prevents Violence fundraising initiative by Merinda. 25% of Sales from the evening was collected after the women of Bendigo came together to buy beautiful clothes in the name of a very worthy cause.   Equity Prevents Violence is

BIG GIVE is for Community Groups and Sporting Clubs looking for funds

So You Want to Start a Campaign

It’s easy to join BIG GIVE, the 24hour online community giving day, to fundraise for your cause.

If you know how to upload an image on Facebook you can easily upload your fundraising campaign. We have broken down what you need to do to get started into some

Read Along Dads

Ann Lansberry   
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May 20

The Adroit Insurance Group Fund with the Community Foundation has granted $3,000 to the Read Along Dads project. This innovative project by the Friends of Castlemaine Library supports the children of prisoners in nearby Middleton Prison. The project records dads in prison reading bedtime stories, which are then sent to

Big Give Launch

Australia’s first Community Giving Day Big Give has been launched giving Central Victoria 24 hours to give where you live on the 1st September.  Bendigo Health Foundation, Otis Foundation for Breast Cancer Retreats, Golden Square CFA, Lifeline, Haven; Home, Safe and Women’s Health Loddon Mallee all threw their hats

Lifeline Volunteer Robin

Lifeline Joins Big Give

Each of the 45 Lifeline centres located around Australia save lives providing the essential services of crisis support. Lifeline relies on volunteer support to deliver crisis services 24 hours a day. Unfortunately our Lifeline Central Victoria & Mallee in Bendigo has limited services. Unlike other Lifelines around

Discovery for Everyone

Discovery is becoming more inclusive by developing a tailored program for people with a disability. Amicus and the Discovery Centre are celebrating a $2,000 grant from the Community Foundation for Central Victoria’s Bendigo Stadium Ltd Fund to help make Discovery accessible for everyone. “Discovery is a great community resource” said


Over $20,000 has been granted to local organisations by the Community Foundation of Central Victoria to support and strengthen our community.  A wide variety of projects are being supported across the region. 2015 GRANT WINNERS CELEBRATE, FROM LEFT ANN LANSBERRY


Bendigo Foodshare have invested in skills and networks to make a little stretch a long way.

Last year the volunteer run organisation distributed one million and fifty one thousand kilograms of food to people living in Central Victoria.  They also know how to


The Richard and Claire Guy Scholarship 2016 (a fund of the Community Foundation) is open to 2nd & 3rd year students at La Trobe Bendigo demonstrating educational disadvantage (including but not limited to financial hardship, significant caring responsibilities, disability or other hardship or disadvantage). Email [email protected] for an application form.

Helping Children Back to School

This year the Community Foundation for Central Victoria is distributing $10,000 worth of FRRR 2016 Back to School vouchers. The $50 Target vouchers help local students make a great start back at school and are redeemable for e redeemable for items such as school uniforms, clothing, shoes, school bags and

Summer School English Program For Secondary Students

Come and join in art, cooking and sports activities while practising English! The program is a fun way for secondary students who are new in Australia to improve their English. Loddon Campaspe Multicultural Services in partnership with the Community Foundation For Central Victoria and Bendigo Senior Secondary College are

Cactus Spearing Volunteers Saving Nardoo Hills Reserve

Winter weed season might seem far off at the height of summer, but Bush Heritage are prepared to tackle the dreaded wheel cactus (Opuntia robusta) at Nardoo Hills Reserve thanks to a grant from the Bank Australia Fund of the Community Foundation for Central Victoria. Nardoo Hills Reserve protects 1,000