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social investment grants program

The Social Investment Grants Program is directly funded by 50% of Community Sector Banking’s net profit earnt from Social Investment Deposit Accounts, and contributions from Social Investment Deposit Account holders. This money is pooled into the grants fund to go directly towards not-for-profits working to improve social outcomes in Australian communities.

Each year Community Sector Banking will open applications for not-for-profits to apply for grants, with 2014 being our inaugural year. This is an exciting step for Community Sector Banking and an opportunity for us and our customers to directly give back to the communities our not-for-profit customers strive to assist.

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Grants supporting financial inclusion 

This year our specific grants focus is financial inclusion. This may include projects that impact individuals or communities, improves individuals’ financial literacy or creates a money management resource for remote communities. We’re looking for projects that are creative, practical and show real life applications for individuals and communities.

The total grant pool is $50,000. Grant applicants can apply for funds of $5,000 to $10,000.

Where does the money come from?

These 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 50% of net profit earnt on Social Investment Deposit Accounts
  • Social Investment Deposit Account holders who choose to donate up to 100% of the interest earnt 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
Smanatha 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.