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 make the most of their money.


In 2014 Bendigo Foodshare were granted $12,000 from the Community Foundation of Central Victoria to revamp their website and implement a fundraising and communications strategy. That seed funding has enabled Foodshare to raise $75,000 to date.


“Bendigo Foodshare are essential for the health and wellbeing of our community” said Ann Lansberry Executive Officer of the Community Foundation “Their use of seed funding to increase their capability and make their organisation more sustainable is what made their application stand out.  They multiplied their grant to get six times its value – and shows what can happen when we invest in our community organisations.”


Grant applications for the Community Foundation 2015 grant round are now open with a pool of $13,000 funds available within the small Regional Grants Round and $10,000 from our Glass Slipper Community Fund.  The 2015 Community Foundation’s Grant Program partners are Bendigo Stadium Limited, Adroits Insurance Group and Bank Australia.


Organisations wishing to apply for grants should email [email protected] or visit Applications close on the 30th September.


“The grant from the Community Foundation enabled us to engage a communications specialist. Our focus was not only communicating more effectively to raise funds, but develop our organisation’s skills and networks to continue this activity.”  said Ray Butler Foodshare’s Operations Manager