COVID-19 Support

Mt ACE handed over $4,000 to local groups to support their community work. Salvation Army, CHIRP Community Health, St Vincents and Castlemaine Community House each received $1,000. Programs such as the Community Pantry have been set up by these groups, charities and volunteers to look after each other during COVID times. Locals Helping Locals.

2019 Grants

7 local groups received their grants at our annual report to the community..

Castlemaine Golf Club                $1,000    Smart Television

Castlemaine Athletics Club        $1,000    Castlemaine Gift athletic carnival

Castlemaine Cemetery Trust     $ 500       Connecting with Community day

Harcourt Pony Club                     $ 500        Rider helmet shades

Castlemaine Pony Club               $ 500       Rider helmet shades

Castlemaine Technical School Past Students      $ 415   Assistance with annual student awards

Friends of Kaweka Sanctuary    $ 500       Entrance arch



Bags of food donations from the community and $1,000 from Mt ACE were handed over to the Salvos to assist with their annual food hamper distribution throughout our area.

Handy Hundreds 2020

Want a quick way to boost your club’s funds? You can get $500 simply by choosing Bendigo Bank in Castlemaine and tagging your account as a Mt ACE supporter. Mt Alexander Community Enterprise Inc is providing $5,000 for local groups to share under the Handy Hundreds program for 2020. Members, family or friends can help support your group reach the easy goal of one new customer opening an eligible Bendigo Bank account at Castlemaine branch or two existing customers tagging their accounts as Mt ACE supporters (Maldon Community Bank accounts ineligible)


Just send an email to letting us know:

  1. Your group’s name and what you intend to do with the funds.
  2. Your contact details : name, phone, email

You will receive notification of your group’s acceptance.

Then you can arrange for your supporters to either open a new customer account at Castlemaine Bendigo Bank branch or 2 existing customers to tag their accounts as Mt ACE supporters –  it’s that easy!   See details below.



*The first 10 clubs who have registered and then meet the requirements, will receive the funds. Registration is only an expression of interest and does not ensure priority for funds.

*Requirements are 1 new customer to Bendigo Bank Castlemaine or 2 existing customers tagging their accounts as Mt ACE supporters (excludes Maldon Community Bank accounts). If you need to open an account at another branch please phone Castlemaine branch on 54724666. New customer accounts: savings, loan or investment (excludes Christmas Club accounts)

*Includes applications from school parent groups.
Includes all not-for-profit incorporated groups in the Mt Alexander area whose programs show a direct benefit within our region.

*Individuals can open/tag accounts and support a group’s application

*Funds can only go to groups not individuals

*Maximum of $500 per group

*Mt ACE committee reserves the right to alter this criteria dependent on individual circumstances

*Sports clubs should embrace the ‘Good Sports’ program guidelines

Simple aquittal requirements are a photograph of the product/event/outcome with acknowledgement/promotion of Mt Alexander Community Enterprise Inc.



When you tag your account as a Mt ACE supporter, the bank or telco will give Mt ACE a small monthly commision.  These funds are then distributed throughout our local area as grants and donations.  It costs you nothing, there are no extra charges and no changes to you account and there is no privacy disclosure. Instead of head office handing out funds, local people get to decide how funds are distributed within the local area.

Mt ACE is a voluntary incorporated local group that receive their funds as a monthly commission from Bendigo Bank and Bendigo Telco which they then return to the community for local projects and local groups.



Five Fab Defibs

Castlemaine District Community Health have received a donation of 5 trainer defibrillators to assist with their CPR and First Aid training courses.

L to P Funding

Learner drivers have been boosted by a $1,000 donation to Castlemaine Community Health to assist with their volunteer driver program which helps learners reach their 120 hours. This donation will help cover petrol costs.


Food@Christmas is back! Donations of non-perishable items can be left at the Castlemaine Bendigo Bank. Donations go to the local Salvation Army. Remember the branch is temporarily opposite Maxi IGA. THANKYOU

‘Happy Hour’ Report

The community joined with us in September as we celebrated our year’s achievements and presented the 2018 community grants. Mt Alexander Community Enterprise is a voluntary group raising funds for our shire through its funding partnership with Bendigo Bank and Bendigo Telco. Each year we distribute funds to our core projects, Wesley Hill Sports Complex redevelopment and Castlemaine Community Hot Rod Centre, as well as our annual small grants, Food@Christmas for the Salvation Army and other projects.

For every new or existing customer who chooses these services and asks to tag their account as a MtACE supporter, the Bank or Telco contributes a commission to MtACE, so the more who sign up, the greater the funds we have to return to the community and it doesn’t cost you anything.

New Pavilion Keys Handover

Work has been completed on Stage 2 of the Wesley Hill Sports Complex Redevelopment and the keys handed to the user groups for their 2019 seasons. MtACE has donated $100,000 to the project thanks to everyone who uses Bendigo Bank and Bendigo Telco and says, ‘Link my account to MtACE!’ The new pavillion has 4 changerooms for males and females, home and away teams, kiosk, offices and associated facilities for football and netball, umpire rooms UA facilities, public toilets and storage for netball, cycling and football. The multi-use facility can cater for many of the sports at the site and use will be shared by them. What a great community outcome. Well done to all involved.

Join the Cash Splash Team!

We love this group! We distribute funds to the community and Mt ACE is currently on the look out for new people to join their team. We just welcomed 2 new members at our AGM in September. If you’re interested in supporting and guiding our funds to the community, please contact us for more information on who we are and what we do. We’d love to talk with you. We quarterly meetings of one hour too! What’s not to love! Contact the Secretary Robyn Lewis on 0438 724 025