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2019 Social Investment Grants Program recipient event
Docklands, VIC

Our Social Investment Grants Program are annual grants administered in conjunction with the Community Enterprise Foundation. Each year, we determine the area in which the grants will generate the most impact.

Last year, we received an overwhelming number of applications highlighting the immense need for more funding across the sector. That’s why in 2020 we are continuing with the theme of building capacity for impact.

Our Social Investment Grants Program for 2020 is now closed. Successful recipients will be announced late October 2020.

How are the grants funded?

Our grants pool is funded by Community Sector Banking contributing 50% net profit earned on Social Investment Deposit Accounts. Social Investment Deposit Account holders can also choose to donate 50% or 100% of the interest earned on their account to the grants program.

How are the grants governed?

Community Sector Banking manages the Social Investment Grants Program, and an independent Grants Advisory Committee (made up of representatives from Community Sector Banking, our shareholders and the not-for-profit sector) selects that year’s successful applicants. 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’s requirements or your application, contact the Community Enterprise Foundation on 1300 304 541 or email

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2019 grants - supporting not-for-profit capacity building

Grant recipients for our 2019 program were announced on Monday 19 August 2019.

Building capacity to deliver projects and improve existing capacity/capability of current projects is an important priority for not-for-profit organisations and the 2019 grants theme. This need was evident in the overwhelming number of applications received for our 2019 Social Investment Grants Program – the programs highest ever number of applications.

This year’s successful recipients will work to build capacity of their not-for-profit organisation to continue their great work and make a real difference in people’s lives.

2019 Grants
Not-for-profits could apply for grants of up to $25,000 or up to $50,000

Cool Australia Trust, VIC

A $50,000 grant will help Cool Australia Trust enhance their online platform, Education Resource Hub, to reach more teachers and students with engaging curriculum content and professional development courses.

Foodbank South Australia, SA

Providing food relief to hundreds of South Australians, Foodbank South Australia will use a $50,000 grant to upgrade their point of sale software across all Food Hubs to improve accessibility for volunteers, efficiency for clients and connectivity between hubs.

Weave Youth and Community Service, NSW

The $50,000 will assist Weave Youth and Community Service to develop software to improve service delivery, including a client database to help measure outcomes, support people and empower clients to change their lives.

Autism Behavioural Intervention Association, VIC

To build their ability to respond dynamically, fluidly and agilely to market and cohort demands for autism knowledge, skills, understanding and intervention, Autism Behavioural Intervention Association will use the $25,000 grant to bring their Instructional Design capability in house.

Don Dunstan Foundation, SA

Using a $25,000 grant, the Don Dunstan Foundation will employ a casual Project Officer to support their Volunteer and Interim Coordinator in the development of projects, communication, training and other materials for Co-Lab participants.

KYDS Youth Development Service Incorporated, NSW

A $25,000 grant will help KYDS Youth Development Service Incorporated rebuild and develop new systems that will support the increase in community need and the expansion of KYDS services and geographic reach.

NSW Council of Social Services, NSW

To aid NGOs through the journey of customer-centric system reform, the $25,000 grant will go toward development of a Standardised Customer Survey targeted to support small to medium NGOs in NSW.

Pets of the Homeless, VIC

Using a $25,000 grant, Pets of the Homeless will implement a warehouse and volunteer management system to expand their Pet Food Program that tackles the issue of food security for pets of the homeless.

Story Factory, NSW

Story Factory will use a grant of $25,000 to engage the services of a consultant to overhaul current data management and scheduling systems as well as internal processes to continue to support marginalised youth.

Two Good Foundation, NSW

A $25,000 grant will help Two Good Foundation implement an integrated CRM to manage and track donations to shelter and build functionality to allow purchasers of meals and products to know the other meal is being donated to women in domestic violence safe houses.

Volunteering Sunshine Coast, QLD

A $25,000 grant will help Volunteering Sunshine Coast to engage with their internal and external professional trainers to up-skill their own staff and community organisations through their Up-skill and Training Program.

2018 grants - building resilience and capability in people experiencing homelessness or domestic abuse

Grant recipients for our 2018 grant round were announced on 9 August 2018.

While the human impacts are almost immeasurable, the cost of homelessness and domestic abuse is escalating. PwC estimates that violence against women costs $21.7 billion each year with victims bearing most of the burden. Governments bear the second largest cost of $7.8 billion per year. Meanwhile for homelessness, it is estimated that the cost is around $27,000 per person, per year, with costs increasing the longer someone experiences homelessness. These statistics, combined with the overwhelming number of applications we received in 2017, show the immense need to address domestic abuse. That’s why in 2018, our Social Investment Grants Program again focussed on domestic abuse and homelessness.

Programs and projects that focus on prevention and intervention were also eligible.

2018 grants
Not-for-profits could apply for grants of up to $25,000 or up to $50,000

3Bridges Community, NSW

A $50,000 grant will help the Care and Share project support older women at risk of homelessness with training so they can provide in-home care in exchange for reduced rent as well as wages.

Crepes for Change, VIC

The Society Melbourne Training program pilot will use a $50,000 grant to evaluate a scalable hospitality training program in partnership with Launch Housing, addressing gaps in other programs.

Hobart City Mission, TAS

The $50,000 DIY Dads project will provide eight self-contained units for single fathers for up to two years, as well as supports to assist them in living independently, such as budgeting.

Hunter Homeless Connect, NSW

Connecting the Hunter will use a grant of $46,600 to provide an opportunity for local businesses to address homelessness and help those experiencing homelessness find places that accept them.

UnitingCare West, WA

The Care for a Cup project will use a grant of $36,600 to establish a sustainable social enterprise mobile coffee cart to support training homeless unemployed people to obtain employment.

CatholicCare Wilcannia-Forbes, NSW

The 'Nadoo Gathering' Women’s Group will use a grant of $25,000 to provide a safe environment for women experiencing domestic abuse to share stories and provide input in improving services.

Anglicare WA, WA

The Young Hearts Reconnect camp has been given a grant of $24,500 to help strengthen relationships between domestic abuse victims and their children, building communication and conflict resolution skills.

Broken to Brilliant Ltd, QLD

Broken to Brilliant’s narrative therapy project will use a grant of $16,700 to publish a book to help people experiencing domestic abuse rebuild their lives with stories of strength and success.

2017 grants – building resilience and capability in people experiencing homelessness or domestic and family violence

Announced on 16 October 2017, this year’s successful recipients will focus on building resilience and capability in people experiencing homelessness or domestic and family violence.

Domestic and family violence is the largest driver of homelessness for women, a common factor in child protection notifications and results in a police call-out on average once every two minutes across Australia. The combined health, administration and social welfare costs of violence against women have been estimated to be $21.7 billion a year, with projections suggesting that if no further action is taken to prevent violence against women, costs will accumulate to $323.4 billion over a thirty-year period from 2014-15 to 2044-45.

2017 - Category 1
Category one grants of up to $25,000 each have been awarded to four recipients:

Tara Costigan Foundation
Forrest, ACT

The Tara Costigan Foundation provides post-crisis support to survivors of domestic violence who wish to move on with their lives positively and proactively. They assign qualified, experienced social workers /caseworkers (Tara’s Angels), free of charge who provide up to 2 years of support to help navigate a complex web of services and overcome personal barriers.

St John's Youth Services Inc.
Adelaide, SA

The project will trial and evaluate an early intervention and personal support program for ten young people who are living in private rental, but at risk of losing their home due to financial or personal crisis. The funds will provide opportunities to stabilise young lives through addressing the factors behind their impending crisis, backed with personal support to maintain their existing housing, avert the risk of homelessness and thereby reduce demand for crisis services.

Youth Off The Streets
Sydney, NSW

This project contributes to breaking intergenerational cycles of domestic and family violence for youth approaching adulthood. It aims to teach young people, with limited exposure to healthy family and intimate relationships, how to identify and stop the cycle of domestic and family violence, and build their resilience. The program has two key components: 1 – domestic and family violence education and myth busting workshops, and 2 - equine assisted therapy.

Pat Thomas House
Mandura, WA

The Kids Against Violence program offers children a safe environment to understand domestic/family violence, acknowledge abuse and to express their thoughts and feelings through talk, play and art during school terms. The program will also provide age appropriate safety planning for participants.

2017 - Category 2
Category two grants of up to $50,000 each have been awarded to two recipients:

Melbourne Homeless Collective
Melbourne, VIC

In partnership with Launch Housing, the Plate Up Project aims to support women who are homeless or are fleeing family violence to regain financial independence through hospitality training and links to ongoing employment.

Northern Rivers Community Legal Centre
Lismore, NSW

The Walking Together Project has three objectives: to hire an experienced advocate to assist victims of family violence towards economic independence and empowerment when escaping violence; to develop a resource for the National Community Legal Centre Network to use when liaising with providers, such as banks, energy, telecommunication providers and other creditors on behalf of family violence victims; and to provide feedback to those providers about how their services can better assist family violence victims. The potential reach of the project is 20,000 clients across the CLC sector.