Grant Opportunities

Applications open for Community Customer Grants (Australia)

Applications open for Community Customer Grants (Australia)

Deadline: 11-Apr-2024

The community customer grants are for the community customer organisations who are creating change in areas that are important to the customers.

As a customer-owned bank, they believe in the power of community, that’s why Bank Australia’s impact fund supports projects for people and planet. The annual grants round supports projects and programs that will have a positive impact in areas that are important to the customers. They want to help the customers have an even bigger impact in their communities.

Program Areas
  • The community customer grants are for community customers (organisations) who are creating change in areas that are important to the Bank’s customers. The customers care strongly about:
    • Climate action: Taking action in Australia on climate mitigation, climate adaptation and climate justice
    • Nature and biodiversity: Protecting Australia’s natural environment including flora and fauna
    • Affordable and accessible housing: Supporting people in Australia to have access to housing that is affordable and meets their needs
    • First Nations recognition and respect: Building unity and respect with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and supporting their strengths Refugees and people seeking asylum: Supporting fair and humane treatment for refugees and people seeking asylum
    • Just and fair economy: Contributing to an economy that works for everybody in Australia
    • Universal access to education: Increased equality of education opportunities for all people in Australia
    • Family violence: Preventing family violence and/or supporting people who have been affected by family violence
    • Animal welfare: Supporting the humane treatment of animals
    • LGBTIQ+ inclusion; Supporting equality and equal opportunity for people of diverse genders, sexes and sexualities
    • Gender equality: Supporting equality for all genders
    • Disability inclusion: Supporting increased independence, opportunity and equality for people with disability
Funding Information
  • This year, community customers can apply for a grant of up to $20,000.
Eligibility criteria 
  • Applicants must be an organisation, such as a not-forprofit, community, school, volunteer or social enterprise with an ABN. Deductible gift recipient status is not required. Religious, political or commercial organisations are not eligible.
  • Applicant organisations must be a Bank Australia customer and have held a Bank Australia account for at least 1 year at 30 June 2024.
  • Applicants who received a grant in both 2022 and 2023 are not eligible in 2024, but can apply in 2025.
  • Applicants must provide evidence of financial status (profit and loss report, balance sheet and statement of cash flow) upon request from Bank Australia and hold appropriate applicable insurance policies (workers compensation, volunteer personal accident, public liability and products liability).
  • Applicants must complete the online application form and submit it by the closing time of 5pm AEST 11 April 2024, and provide any further requested information in support of their application, upon request from Bank Australia.
  • Applications must be for projects where the activity will occur between 1 July 2024 and 30 June 2025 and all grant funds must be disbursed during this period.
  • Applicants can only submit one application per round.
What they will not fund? 
  • commercial activities that are not linked to achieving positive impact
  • fundraising activities, competitions, prizes or awards
  • organisational core operating costs such as funding for permanent staff members, insurance and utilities
  • activities, projects, programs and events that take place outside of Australia or that have already taken place
  • Any organisation that has received a grant in both of the two years immediately prior to the current year. For example, if an organisation was successful in 2022 and 2023, they are not eligible to apply in 2024; they could next apply in 2025.

For more information, visit Bank Australia.

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