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Each year we invest 4% of after-tax profits into the Bank Australia Impact Fund to support projects that contribute to the mutual prosperity of people, our communities and the planet.

Customer grants

In 2019 we’re inviting our community customers (ie organisations that have banked with us for 1 year by 30 June 2019) to apply for funding of up to $10,000 for projects that have a positive impact in areas that are important to our customers:

  • Climate change
  • Environmental conservation
  • Refugees and people seeking asylum
  • Promoting diversity and inclusion of people and communities (including people who are LGBTQI+, live with disability, or are experiencing financial or educational exclusion)
  • Family and gendered violence
  • Homelessness
  • Reconciliation
  • Animal welfare

We’re accepting applications from 4 March to 12 April 2019. Refer to the Application Guidelines for more information.

 

Community renewable energy grants

In 2019, we’re also offering grants of up to $25,000 for projects that will grow the scale and capacity of the community renewable energy sector. These grants are open to non-Bank Australia customers so we can help grow renewable energy across Australia.

We’re accepting applications from 4 March to 12 April 2019. Refer to our Application Guidelines for more information. 

Application Guidelines

Our 2019 Grant Application Guidelines have everything you need to know about our customer and community renewable energy grants, including eligibility and assessment criteria and application process.

Application Guidelines (PDF, 260KB)

Application Guidelines (Word, 24KB)

 

How to apply

We’ll be accepting online applications for our Customer Grants and Community Renewable Energy Grants. An online application form will be available on this page from 4 March 2019.

To complete the form we’ll need information about your organisation, project, and any staff or volunteers who’ll be working on the project.

We’ll contact shortlisted applicants in early May to ask them to provide additional supporting documentation (profit and loss report, balance sheet and statement of cash flow) to help us make final funding decisions.   

 

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Frequently asked questions

Do applicants have to have deductible gift recipient (DGR) status to apply?

No. Organisations with and without deductible gift recipient (DGR) status are welcome to apply. Organisations do not necessarily have to be not-for-profit to apply. For example, schools or social enterprises would be eligible for funding under the Customer Grants Round, as long as they meet the other eligibility criteria.

My organisation is a Bank Australia customer, but we joined the bank less than one year ago. Can we still apply for funding under the 2019 Customer Grants Round?

No, only organisations that will have been customers of Bank Australia for one year by 30 June 2019 are eligible to apply.

Does my organisation have to have a particular type of product (e.g. a loan or a transaction account) with Bank Australia to be eligible?

No. All Bank Australia customers that meet the eligibility requirements outlined in the application guidelines are eligible to apply for a Customer Grant. There is no requirement about the type of product that the organisation has, or the amount of money that the organisation has in its account.

My organisation is a Bank Australia customer. Are we still eligible if we partner with other organisations to deliver a project?

Yes. The lead organisation on the project should be a Bank Australia customer, but that lead organisation is able to partner with other Bank Australia-customer and non-customer organisations.

My project will start in FY19-20, but will not be finished by the end of June 2020. Can I still apply for funding under the Grants Round?

Any funding provided under the Grants Round will need to have been disbursed by 30 June 2020. You can still apply for funding from the 2019 Grants Round for the part of your project that will take place in financial year 2019-20.

My organisation is not a Bank Australia customer- can I still apply for a Community Renewable Energy grant?

Yes. We’re accepting applications from community renewable energy organisations who meet the relevant application criteria. This open grant round is designed to grow the community renewable energy sector in Australia.

I’m looking to install a renewable energy system for my organisation – can I apply for a Community Renewable Energy grant?

The community renewable energy grant is designed to help grow the capacity of the community renewable energy sector by demonstrating the benefits of projects through activities like community engagement, promotion, collaboration and network building. 

For this reason, applications that are solely for the purchase and installation of renewable energy systems won’t meet the grant criteria. Eligible projects may include some installation costs where they demonstrate the impact of community renewable energy sources.

We've designed the grants in this way after consultations with organisations in the community renewable energy sector to understand where grant funding can create the most impact.

2018 recipients 

People
9 Feb 2018

People
21 Dec 2017

People
26 Sep 2017

People
6 Nov 2017