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social investment grants program

Our Social Investment Grants Program funds not-for-profit projects or programs working to improve social outcomes. Each year we open applications for not-for-profits to apply for grants.

Community Sector Banking directly funds our Grants Program, from an allocated 50% of net profit earned on Social Investment Deposit Accounts. Contributions from our committed Social Investment Deposit Account holders are also pooled to fund the Social Investment Grants Program.

We are delighted to support Australian not-for-profits through our grants for the second year running; this is an exciting opportunity for Community Sector Banking and our customers to directly give back to the communities our not-for-profit customers strive to assist.

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Grant applications are now open

Not-for-profit organisations can apply for funding of $10,000 to $20,000 for projects or programs that directly benefit people with a physical or psychological disability; this may include restrictions to a person’s mental, sensory or mobility functions.

We're very pleased to this year have a total pool of funds available of $100,000.

Where does the money come from?

Our grants come from a pool of funds directly contributed to by Community Sector Banking and our Social Investment Deposit Account holders.

Contributors to the Grants Program:

  • Community Sector Banking contributes net profit earned on Social Investment Deposit Accounts
  • Social Investment Deposit Account holders who choose to donate 50% or 100% of the interest earned on their account.

Want to contribute? Take a look at getting involved.

How the grants are governed

Community Sector Banking manages the Social Investment Grants Program, with a Grants Advisory Committee comprising of two independent representatives, two Community Sector Banking representatives and one Bendigo Bank representative:

Bruce Argyle – Chair
Samantha Hannah-Rankin
Maz Thomson (Community Sector Banking)
Amanda Watt (Community Sector Banking)
Andrew Watts (Bendigo Bank)

The grants are administered and dispersed through Bendigo Bank’s Community Enterprise Foundation, in partnership with Community Sector Banking.


For enquiries regarding our Social Investment Grants Program, call 1300 304 541 (Community Enterprise Foundation) or email communications@csbanking.com.au.