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social investment grants program

Our Social Investment Grants Program funds not-for-profit projects or programs working to improve social outcomes. Each year we open applications for not-for-profits to apply for grants.

Community Sector Banking directly funds our Grants Program, from an allocated 50% of net profit earned on Social Investment Deposit Accounts. Contributions from our committed Social Investment Deposit Account holders are also pooled to fund the Social Investment Grants Program.

We are delighted to support Australian not-for-profits through our grants for the third year running; this is an exciting opportunity for Community Sector Banking and our customers to directly give back to the communities our not-for-profit customers strive to assist.

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Grant recipients for our 2016 grant round were announced on 5 August 2016.

The focus of this year’s program was reducing homelessness. For people experiencing homelessness, the costs and impacts can be enormous. But the costs of homelessness also flow through to communities and the nation as a whole.

While the cost of sleeping rough to the economy can be as much as $27,000 for an individual per year, the impact on this person experiencing homelessness can be harder to quantify. Homelessness makes accessing training and educational opportunities difficult, leaving people exposed to long term unemployment and severe health issues. It also excludes people from participating in social, recreational and economic opportunities within their communities. The cycle of homelessness can be impossible to break without support and intervention.

2016 recipients

Category one grants of up to $20,000 each have been awarded to five recipients:

  • Byron Community Centre, Byron Bay, NSW

The centre will develop a six week barista and hospitality training program that supports women to transition out of homelessness.

  • Meals @ the Bridge Lifeline, northeast Victoria

This project will establish a community farm in northeast Victoria. The program will allow 40 participants from both metropolitan and rural areas an opportunity to address the root cause of their homelessness.

  • Hutt Street Centre, Adelaide, SA

The project will create a social enterprise by restoring an old shed and implementing an education and employment program for homeless people.

  • Suited to Success, Brisbane, QLD

This organisation will provide an employability program for 30 unemployed people in the greater Brisbane area who are either homeless or at risk of homelessness.

  • The Gay and Lesbian Foundation of Australia, Victoria

In collaboration with Transgender Victoria, Launch Housing, and Drummond Street Services, this project will develop a model of care to support trans and gender diverse people who are experiencing or are at risk of homelessness.


The category two grant of $50,000 was awarded to:

  • Youth Projects, Melbourne, Victoria

Youth Projects' "The Dining Room" will teach the basics of healthy eating, shopping, budgeting and bills, food hygiene and meal planning to improve health, nutrition, help seeking behaviours and social skills for those most excluded from the opportunities we all take for granted.


A category three grant of $50,000 was awarded to:

  • HoMie, Melbourne, Victoria

HoMie will implement a retail training and employment program in Melbourne, in partnership with the Ladder Foundation and the Cotton On Foundation. HoMie will be crowdfunding on letsact.com.au to match fund the grant.