Commonwealth Bank Staff Community Fund Opens 2009 Community Grants Program

15 June 2009: Commonwealth Bank Staff Community Fund today launched the 2009 Community Grants Program which will provide over $500,000 in individual grants of up to $10,000 for programs to improve the health and wellbeing of Australian children.  

The Community Grants Program is one of the largest grant initiatives in Australia and has contributed over $1.5 million to over 200 charities to fund local community initiatives since 2007.

The Commonwealth Bank Staff Community Fund is Australia’s longest running employee contribution program with 4,000 current and retired Bank staff making regular salary contributions to support children’s charities in Australian communities.   

Ms Barbara Chapman, Commonwealth Bank Group Executive and Staff Community Fund Chair said the Community Grants Program is another way that Commonwealth Bank makes a tangible positive impact to the lives of Australians in their communities.

“The Commonwealth Bank is a part of every Australian community.  As well as supporting the needs and goals of our customers, we as an organisation support community initiatives ranging from financial literacy, Indigenous programs, sport, welfare, the environment and the arts,” Ms Chapman said.

“The Grants are a way staff can make their personal contribution to the community count, both via their regular contributions to the Staff Community Fund and by staff nominating charities of their choice. 

“The Community Grants Program is just one of three major programs the Staff Community Fund supports, which also includes Clown Doctors and Midnight Basketball.”

Ms Chapman said the Grants have benefited charities of all shapes and sizes, from a national to a local level.  These charities range from centres for disadvantaged youths, sports clubs, education centres and groups that provide equipment for sick and disabled children.                                           

Applications open 15 June and close 31 July 2009.

To apply, visit


For more information contact:

George Pank

Commonwealth Bank

Ph: (02) 9378 3944

Mob: 0422 048 659           


 Editor’s Note

A full list of previous grant recipients can be found at

About Commonwealth Bank Staff Community Fund

The Staff Community Fund was formed in 1917 and is Australia’s longest running employee contribution program.  4,000 current and retired Bank staff contribute to the Fund. All administrative costs for the fund are met by the Bank; ensuring 100 per cent of funds raised go directly to children’s charities. The Fund now distributes over $1 million each year to support various causes that work with Australian children including Midnight Basketball, Clown Doctors and the Community Grants Program.  

 About Commonwealth Bank in the community                                                                     

The Commonwealth Bank has been actively supporting the Australian community since it opened its doors in 1912. The Bank, with its community partners and people achieve social outcomes that enrich the communities in which it operates. Community support covers financial literacy through the Commonwealth Bank Foundation, the health and wellbeing of children through the Staff Community Fund, and programs in the arts, sport, welfare, and the environment.