Positive benefit for the whole community

Brendale & Samford Community Bank® Branches provide numerous local community grants for the benefit of the wider community, focusing on families, youth, health, education, the environment, the arts and lots more. Our biggest projects to date include our #Bendigo4life projects such as the Defibrillator project and our Defensive Driving project. Not to mention the hundreds of smaller community groups we help along the way.

How to apply

Please work through the following steps. You can apply any time throughout the year but applications are only reviewed periodically – so do start the process as early as you can. We also encourage you to attend a Grants Information Session. The next dates are below.

Step 1: Expression of Interest (EOI)

Prior to applying for a grant or sponsorship an EOI (Expression of Interest) is required to be submitted in writing.

You can apply online or print off a copy and submit to the Brendale or Samford Community Bank.

Before you proceed PLEASE read the Funding Principles section to make sure your organisation is able to meet the requirements to receive community funding via a grant or sponsorship.

Those organisations requiring further information are encouraged to register to attend a Grants Information Session or make contact with: Jane Dunk (Customer Relationship Manager) via jane.dunk@bendigoadelaide.com.au.

Or at either branch:

Brendale Community Bank®, Shop 4,18-22 Kremzow Rd, Brendale Qld 4500. P: 07 3881 0720 | F: 07 3889 6645

Samford Community Bank®, Shop 3, 37 Main St | Samford Qld 4520. P: 07 3289 6710 | F: 07 3289 6726

EOI submissions can be submitted at any time throughout the year and will be assessed at the next Community Engagement Committee Meeting and a recommendation made to Board. Applicants will be notified by email within two weeks after the relevant Board Meeting as to whether their project will or won't be invited to progress to full application.

Step 2: Application (By Invitation)

If you are invited to submit a full application the Branch Manager will advise you via email and provide further information. You will have approximately four weeks to complete and submit the application via email or hard copy to the Branch Manager.

Meetings and site visits may then be required to assist the Community Bank to better understand your organisation and the proposed program or project.

Final Outcomes

Your application for Community Funding will be considered by the Board of Pine Rivers Community Finance Ltd. The Board meets regularly, usually monthly,  and you will be notified of the decision within two weeks of the meeting.

Please note that an invitation to submit an application does not mean that your application will be funded.

Sample Documents

These documents are samples only but may provide an outline of potential requirements if you are successful with your application.

  1. Information for Grant & Donation Recipients 2017-2018
  2. Community Grants Program Agreement


If you would like to take part in a Grants Information Session, please fill your details into this form and you will contacted when we release the next dates.