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 sponsors, The Bendigo Stadium, Adroit Insurance Group and Bank Australia, who have created sub-funds with the Community Foundation to address areas of need in the Central Victorian Region.

The winners of these grants were:

Adroit Insurance Group Fund $5,000: for programs support or improve access to and retention in learning including early childhood education.

  • $5,000 awarded to St. Luke’s (Anglicare Victoria) in conjunction with Communities for Children to run the innovative children’s literacy program “Sam the Story Tram” during the Bendigo Writers Festival.  Sam the Story Tram participants enjoy a ride on a tram, a story from a professional story-teller and a show bag containing a book. The project engages pre-school children and makes reading and storytelling fun. Children from disadvantaged backgrounds will be given priority access to this free program.

Jenny from St Lukes Services with Aaron Bently from Adroit Insurance Group

The Bendigo Stadium Fund $4,866: to projects which build capacity and connections through social, recreational and cultural opportunities in the Central Victorian Region.  

  • $3,000 awarded to SMART Recovery (Self- Management and Recovery Training): a national program operating locally in Castlemaine dedicated to assisting people in the Castlemaine region to overcome addictions to alcohol, drugs, and other behaviours conditions through evidence-based techniques.

Rachel McLaughlin from SMART Recovery with the Ann Lansberry, CEO of the Community Foundation

  • $1,866 awarded to Discovery Science and Technology Centre: to provide access and engagement for local refugee group, the Karen community to Science Education. The program aims to allow children within their community participate in and enable ongoing access to science and technology learning opportunities the Discovery Centre offers.  


Jonathan Ridnell from Bendigo Discovery and Science Centre with Nathan O’Neil from The Bendigo Stadium

Bank Australia Fund- $1,500: for projects that prevent violence against women and children in the Central Victorian Community.

  • $1,500 awarded to Bendigo Family & Financial Services: to provide kids support materials and equipment for Central Victorian women and children attending court who are victims of family violence.

All aboard The Story Tram…

Bendigo Family & Financial Services with John from Bank Australia

“It is always inspiring to find out about the fantastic work that is going on in our community,” said Ann Lansberry CEO of the Foundation “and it is our privilege to fund these important projects.  Our local donors Adroit Insurance Group, Bendigo Stadium and Bank Australia give back to our community through these grants.”

Congratulations to the all of the recipients!