Doing Good in Melbourne

After its conception almost 12 months ago, Connected Communities Melbourne has awarded almost $70,000 during their inaugural round of grant funding. Seven community organisation received funding including:

  • Chinese Cancer Society of Victoria (Glen Waverley and Box Hill)
  • Meld Community (Carlton)
  • SYN Media (CBD)
  • Watsonia Neighbourhood House
  • Entertainment Assist (South Melbourne)
  • Hobsons Bay Driver's License (Williamstown)
  • Yarra Glen Food Garden

Connected Communities Melbourne is an independent, philanthropic body overseeing charitable grants derived from 27 Bendigo Bank branches throughout Melbourne.
Customers choose to link their Bendigo Bank accounts to Connected Communities Melbourne which supports a central, sustainable funding model for projects in their community. There is no change to the way in which customer accounts operate, but it does provide a very simple way for customers to support charitable activities.

The Foundation created an open criteria to ensure that the most innovative and inclusive ideas were submitted. Groups were able to apply for grants of up to $10,000 that focused on five key impact areas – community projects (including arts and culture, community projects, events, sports), disability, health and well-being, environment, youth homelessness, and community safety.

This year’s recipients include palliative care for the Chinese community, mental health support for the entertainment industry, a local food garden and a program for recovery from domestic violence. These projects truly support the idea that everyone in our community has a part to play in building capacity and resilience at the grass roots level. Encouraging civic participation and strong communities helps to underpin social harmony, collaboration and action.

To find out more about Connected Communities Melbourne, or to link your accounts to the philanthropic group, visit or call into your local branch.