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Community Grants applications now closed

Thank you to all who applied for a Grassroots Grant in 2017. Applications have now closed, and are undergoing assessment

Successful recipients will be announced on Wednesday 5 July, 2017. Applications for our next Community Grants round will open in early 2020. 

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To be eligible to apply for a Grassroots Grant your organisation must:

  • Be endorsed by the Australian Tax Office with Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status and must be covered by Item 1 of the table in section 30-15 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 (Cth);
  • Run, manage, conduct or implement a three year program that supports children and youth up to the age of 21 years in Australia; and 
  • Delivers a program that:
    • Supports Australian youth to access quality education; or
    • Engages youth in learning to develop life skills for their future; or
    • Addresses the mental, physical and emotional wellbeing of youth; or
    • Creates stable family environments that support youth to thrive

To help prepare your application, you can preview the grant application questions. Only applications that are submitted using our online application form will be accepted. Applications close at 11.59 pm AEDT, 31 March 2017.

When preparing your application for a Grassroots Grant, we encourage you to:

  • Confirm that your ABN has DGR status and is covered by Item 1 of the table in section 30-15 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 (Cth);
  • Review our Grant Guidelines and consider if applying for a Grassroots Grant is right for your organisation;
  • Consider actual costs associated with the delivery of your program and apply for the required funding rather than applying for the maximum amount. This will assist us in providing more grants to more organisations;
  • Adhere to all specified word limits and write in point form where possible;
  • Refer to the judging matrix to assist with your submission

  • State based subcommittees made up of Commonwealth Bank Staff Community Fund members assess each application against the judging matrix
  • Each subcommittee has a specific allocation of funds to award in its state
  • Each subcommittee will look at the aims of your program, the number of children or youth that benefit from the program, and its community benefits

The Amputee Association of Sydney’s Teen Amp Camp used their 2014 grant to bring together young people from around Australia with limb loss or congenital limb differences, allowing them to meet others who face similar challenges and experiences. Watch the video to learn more.

Congratulations  to our 2016 recipients

Congratulations to the 229 organisations who received a grant in 2016. Read about the amazing work they are doing in communities to improve the wellbeing of young Australians.

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Frequently Asked Questions

A. You may be eligible to apply for a grant if your organisation;

  • Is endorsed by the Australian Tax Office with Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status and  covered by Item 1 of the table in section 30-15 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 (Cth)
  • Run, manage, conduct or implement a three year program that supports children and youth up to the age of 21 years in Australia; and
  • Delivers a program that:
  • Supports Australian youth to access quality education; or
    • Engages youth in learning to develop life skills for their future; or
    • Addresses the mental, physical and emotional wellbeing of youth; or
    • Creates stable family environments that support youth to thrive.
  • Identifies realistic, measurable and achievable project goals and outcomes
  • Holds a current bank account in Australia in its name.

A. DGR status is granted by the ATO. It allows entities or funds to receive tax deductible gifts and ensures that gifts and contributions are used appropriately to benefit the community. As well as holding DGR status your organisation must also be covered by Item 1 of the table in section 30-15 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 (Cth), from the time of the application until the end of the Term.

A. Whether it’s your organisation or an organisation you want to encourage to apply for a community grant, you can check its DGR status by searching on the Australian Business Register (ABR) website.

Where possible, it’s best to search by ABN because some community organisations have multiple ABNs. When searching by ABN, enter the number without spaces or dashes. If your organisation has DGR status, its webpage on the ABR website will include a section titled ‘Deductible gift recipient status’ which will state that your entity is either ‘endorsed as a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) or it ‘operates the following funds, authorities or institutions. Gifts to these funds, authorities or institutions may be deductible.’ Its status must also be covered by Item 1 of the table in section 30-15 of the Income Tax Assessment Act, 1997 (Cth) to be eligible to apply.

A. Yes. When you apply, you must fill in the name field using the convention ‘(Your organisation name) under the auspices of (main organisation name).’

If you receive a grant, it needs to be paid into a bank account in the name of the main organisation because they are the entity with DGR status. In addition, a tax deductible receipt would need to be provided to us from the main organisation. The main organisation would transfer the sum of the grant to your organisation for the project you intend to run.

A. Organisations without DGR status are not eligible to apply for a community grant.

A. Organisations can apply for a grant of up to $10,000 each year over 3 years, totaling a maximum of $30,000. . This may be supplemented with additional funding from other sources if required.

A. No unfortunately we cannot provide grant funding in advance. Grant funding will be awarded on an annual basis in equal payments no later than 1 October each year of the three year term. See Grant Guidelines section 2 a) for more information.

A. No our grants rounds will now be conducted on a three year cycle. Our next round of Grassroots Grants will be open in 2020.

A. Successful grant recipient need to spend the funds within 12 months of receiving the annual grant funding. Each installment will be awarded by 1 October each year for the term of the grant. 

A. The Commonwealth Bank Staff Community Fund, which receives donations from current and retired Commonwealth Bank staff that are matched dollar-for-dollar by the Commonwealth Bank of Australia.

A. Only an authorised representative of an eligible organisation can apply for a grant.

A. No. In the application, we ask if the organisation is a customer for administration purposes only.

A. No. In the application, we ask for the name of a referring employee for administrative purposes only.

If you do tell us the name of a referring employee and your organisation receives a grant, we’ll let the relevant employee know.

A. The question in the application ‘Where will the project occur?’ relates to the suburb or region where the project will take place, not a specific venue.

If you don’t know the suburb or region, you could state the location where the majority of people the program will benefit live.

If neither option is suitable, use your organisation’s address. Importantly, if the program will take place in a different state to where your organisation is based, you should list the state in which the program will take place, not the state you are based. This is because applications are assessed on a state-by-state basis. For example, applications for programs run in Queensland are assessed by a group of employees in Queensland alongside other Queensland applications.

A. Yes, as long as your organisation still meets all of the eligibility criteria.

A. An organisation can apply for multiple applications for programs if they’re run in separate locations or if they’re managed out of a distinct state or territory. Please see Grassroots Grant Guidelines Section 3 (b).

A. Follow these steps:

  • Select 'Apply now' on this page.
  • Complete the application checklist and select 'Next'.
  • Fill in your registration details.
  • Once your organisation's ABN has been checked against the ATO to confirm DGR status, a username and password will be given to you. You’ll also receive an email with your username and password for your reference. If you don't complete the application at one time, you can use your username and password to log back on – remember to select ‘Save’ before exiting your application.

A. You may be able to retrieve your application information by visiting this webpage and selecting ‘Apply now’. This will bring up the first page of the application form, where you will be asked to resume your application if you’ve already filled out your details and been given a username and password. When entering your username and password, please type rather than copying and pasting them.. If this does not bring up your application information, you will need to re-start your application.

A. Only applications submitted online via our website can be accepted.

A. Select ‘Preview the application’ under ‘Preparing your application’ section on this page. You can print this page if you need to.

A. Unfortunately, given the volume of applications we receive across Australia each year, we require applicants to fit within the character count, which includes spaces, for each question. Where possible, we encourage you to write your answers in point form to help reduce the number of characters in each answer. We are unable to accept or review supporting documents as part of any application.

Unfortunately, we’re unable to accept any late applications. Refer to the Section 5(b) of our Grassroots Grants Guidelines for more information. If you miss the application deadline, we encourage you to apply for a grant in 2017.

A. The next step is the review of applications which starts when applications close on Monday 31 March at 11:59 pm AEDT.

Committees of employees from around Australia will assess the applications from each state using the judging matrix.

Successful applications will be announced on Wednesday 5 July 2017. Successful applicants will receive their grant funding in the form of a bank cheque by 1 October 2017.*

*Selected organisations may be invited to participate in Community Grant presentation prior to this date.
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Subject to change as outlined in the Community Grants guidelines.