Our Projects

Ballarat Market

Conducted for more than 40 years this popular weekly market at Ballarat Showgrounds gives the community of Ballarat with a carnival atmosphere event where goods can be bought and sold, including plants, lollies, clothing, hand tools, handcrafts etc.  A new venture is Car Boot Alley, where community members can take a site and off-load their garage-sale type merchandise.  All profits from the Gold Coin Donation directly supports the many local community and international projects through the RCBS.


In partnership with the Group 8 Rotary Clubs, RCBS participates in the organisation of this major event, providing Barbecues, personnel management and Admission/Exit management. 

This significant project provides substantial revenue to the community of Ballarat and provides a valued community service to the Ballarat community. Funds raised support the various projects of the participating clubs.

Bowel Scan

Long-term support for this project has provided community access to Rotary Bowel Scan kits, distributed through local Chemists and on-line. The occurs during May each year as Rotary Bowel Scan month.

Pallet Recycling

In an effort to reduce the environmental impact of resource wastage, RCBS organises a Pallet Collection for unwanted wooden pallets.

Suitable pallets for collection for recycling by RCBS, with funds raised through this project directly go towards the School Breakfast Program and School scholarship programs run by RCBS.

Environmental Projects

RCBS organises a monthly ‘Rubbish collection” at various local sites in and around Ballarat. This is a hands-on project, with member and friends cleaning-up a specified area.

This event occurs on the first Saturday of each month and is much appreciated by the local community.

Youth Programs

Rotary Place

This centrally located facility is for the use of not-for-profit groups.

Bookings made at rotaryplace@rcbs.org.au

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards

(RYLA) is a leadership development program for young people who want to learn new skills, build their confidence, and have fun.

National Youth Science Forum

(NYSF) offers Year 11 & 12 students the opportunity to be exposed to leaders in many fields of science.

Rotary Youth Exchange

Builds peace one young person at a time. Students learn a new language, discover another culture, and truly become global citizens. Exchanges for students ages 15-19 are sponsored by Rotary clubs in more than 100 countries.

Vocational Support

Support of vocational pursuits include advanced awards including nursing, apprenticeship and carpentry awards at the Australian Catholic University and Federation University.

Breakfast club

Providing nutritious breakfasts for students at Phoenix College, Sebastopol Primary School and Delacombe Primary School to ensure the children start the day well-fed and ready to learn.

Scholarship Support

Phoenix college end-of year scholarships to support student learning.

Science Experience

Year 10 offered the opportunity to explore the field of science and potential careers in science, in conjunction with Federation University, Ballarat.

Ballarat Sports Foundation

Annual financial contributions are made to support the emerging sportspersons in our community.  The funds for these donations are collected from the proceeds of the Ballarat Market.

The Ballarat Sports Foundation provides grants to young local sportspeople to encourage them to achieve their potential in district, national and international competitions.  A wide variety of sports through this exciting program wide is sponsored by the Ballarat Sports Foundation.

Ballarat Arts Foundation

Annual financial contributions are made to support the emerging artists in our community.  The funds for these donations are collected from the proceeds of the Ballarat Market.

The Ballarat Arts Foundation was established in 2000 with the support of RCBS and works to enrich the creative and cultural life of Ballarat.  This Foundation provides grants to emerging artists, workshops, exhibitions, and masterclasses to encourage a sustainable arts industry in Ballarat.

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