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Congratulations to our 2016 recipients

Congratulations to all successful 2016 Community Grants recipients. We are awarding more than $2 million in Community Grants to 229 community organisations across Australia who are working to improve the health and wellbeing of young Australians.

Since 1917 our Staff Community Fund has been supporting the health and wellbeing of young Australians. Thanks to the generosity of our staff who donate to the Staff Community Fund, we are able to assist thousands of Australian youth each year.

Our next round of Community Grants

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In 2017 we will again be awarding Community Grants of up to $10,000 each to youth focused organisations. Applications for our next Community Grants program will open in early 2017. Register below to be contacted via email when applications open.

To be eligible to apply for a Community Grant your organisation must run, manage, conduct or implement a program that supports children and youth up to the age of 21 years in Australia. Organisations must also be endorsed with Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status by the Australian Tax Office; and hold a current bank account in Australia in its name. Review our Community Grant guidelines.

The assessment process

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

Featured recipients

Starz Dance is a unique program where children and young adults with special needs can express themselves through dance. We celebrated with the stars of Starz Dance at a special performance. Watch the video to learn more.

The Amputee Association of Sydney’s Teen Amp Camp used their 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

A. Yes if your community organisation:

  • Supports the health and wellbeing of youth in Australia up to the age of 21 years
  • Identifies realistic, measurable and achievable project goals and outcomes
  • Is endorsed by the Australian Tax Office (ATO) and has Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status; and
  • 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.

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.’

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. This may be supplemented with additional funding from other sources if required.

A. If successful, organisations need to spend the funding within 12 months of receiving 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 Section 2 (b) of the Community Grant guidelines for more information.

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 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.

A. Unfortunately, we’re unable to accept any late applications. Refer to the Section 4(b) of our Community 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 28 March at 5:00pm AEDT.

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

Successful applications will be announced on Monday 20 June2016. 1Successful applicants will receive their grant funding in the form of a bank cheque by 30 September 2016.*

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