The Bacchus Marsh Community (Bendigo) Bank is offering ‘entertainment grants’ to kickstart shopping and dining in the region as COVID19 restrictions ease.

Manager Ian Prince said the branch was keen to offer grants of $100 to $5000 to help local pubs, sports clubs and other venues to help bring locals out of their homes – while helping singers, dancers, actors, bands, comedians, face-painters and more at the same time.

“The idea behind the grant is to help kickstart these venues after a long lay-off due to the pandemic,” he said.

“It’s also is there to help local performers who’ve seen work opportunities dry up over the last 7 to 8 months.

“It’s fair to say we all need a little entertaining to brighten us up after a long lockdown.”

Mr Prince said all applications had to demonstrate that COVID19 restrictions would be adhered to – and as long as the paperwork was in order, the turnaround on the grants would be quick.

“We had someone the other day who applied and we were able to sort out a grant within three days,” Mr Prince said.

“But I think most applicants should plan for a two or three-week turnaround.”

He said the entertainment grants were to be directed to specific events rather than general funds for arts groups.

“It’s about entertaining the community – making it a brighter place to be.

“The idea came from a board member who works in that industry.

“We’re hoping some of these events will also bring in visitors from other parts of regional Victoria – all so long as COVID rules are followed.”

For details call  5367 4660 or send an email to

** Meanwhile, applications for the Bacchus Marsh Community Bank Grants program close tomorrow (Friday) afternoon.

A total of $50,000 is available to community groups wanting to upgrade facilities, pay for maintenance or help the wider community in some way.

Successful applicants will be announced next month.

For information call 5367 4660 or drop into 2/137a Main St, Bacchus Marsh.

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Main image: Manager Ian Prince (left) helps the Bacchus Marsh branch celebrate six years of service to the community.

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