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St.George Foundation Community Grants provide up to $50,000 to support projects or services run by Australian children's charities helping to create brighter futures for children and young people in need in our local communities.  

St.George Foundation Community Grant funding guidelines

To help brighten the lives of children and young people we 

  • Invest in projects that will improve the lives of children in Australia who are experiencing a physical, social or economic disadvantage.
  • Partner with small community organisations who attract little funding from government and who typically aren’t big enough to generate significant fundraising income on their own.

To be eligible for funding your organisation will

  • Focus your efforts on children in Australia under the age of 24 years.
  • Be located in NSW, ACT, QLD or WA.
  • Have an annual gross revenue of less than $5M.
  • Receive less than 60% of your income from state, federal or local government funding (unless you have an income less than $1M per annum, in which case your government funding can exceed 60%).
  • Provide recent, audited financial statements, signed by the auditor.
  • Be endorsed as a Deductible Gift Recipient (but not another ancillary fund). Deductible Gift Recipients must be listed with the Australian Taxation Office under Item 1 of the Table in Section 30–15 of the Income Tax Assessment Act, 1997.

What we do fund

  • Children’s projects in NSW, ACT, QLD, WA.
  • Early intervention services.
  • Educational equipment and assistance.
  • Youth workers.
  • Recreational and respite programs.
  • Counselling and therapy.
  • Medical equipment.

What we don't fund

  • Projects or treatments in VIC, TAS, SA, NT (unless the project is national in scope); or projects outside Australia.
  • Organisations with revenue of more than $5M per annum.
  • Organisations that receive more than 60% of their annual funding from government (unless they have an income of under $1M per annum).
  • Applications that do not include recent, audited financial statements, signed by the auditor.
  • Auspiced applications.
  • Conferences, sponsorship or fundraising appeals.
  • Parenting programs or programs for adults.
  • Residential camps, except where that is the core purpose of the applicant organisation.

Additional Information

  • The Governors of St.George Foundation meet once per year to consider applications for Community Grants of up to $50,000.
  • In the interest of supporting many different communities, our Governors prefer not to support any one organisation for more than three consecutive years.
  • Previously funded projects by St.George Foundation, Bank of Melbourne Foundation or BankSA Foundation must be completed and acquitted prior to making a subsequent application. Generally, this will be at least one year between applications.
  • When applying for funding for camps or residential programs, applicants must also provide a detailed outline of their organisation's Child Protection Policy.
  • Due to the high volume of applicants, we regret that we are unable to provide feedback on individual applications.
  • From time to time, the Governors may choose to partner with a larger charity (or a charity that receives more than 60% of their income from state, federal or local government funding) on a project that addresses an issue which they deem to be of potential benefit to many of the children we support, for so long as making that grant is in accordance with the purposes as set out in the Trust Deed.
  • Projects servicing Victoria should be applied for via Bank of Melbourne Foundation.
  • Projects servicing South Australia or the Northern Territory should be applied for via BankSA Foundation.


Download the Community Grants funding guidelines (PDF 139KB).