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St.George Foundation has two Community Grant funding rounds each year where selected, eligible children’s charities are granted up to $50,000. The Community Grants aim to support grass roots projects that brighten lives of children experiencing disadvantage in Australia.

St.George Foundation Community Grants Funding Guidelines

In order to help little dragons soar we

  • Invest in projects that will improve the lives of children in Australia who are physically, socially or economically disadvantaged.
  • Partner with small community organisations who attract little funding from government and who 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 18 years.
  • Be located in NSW, ACT, QLD or WA.
  • Have an annual gross revenue of less than $5,000,000.
  • Receive less than 40% of your income from state, federal or local government funding (unless you have an income less than $1million per annum, in which case your Government funding can exceed 40%).
  • Be endorsed by the Australian Taxation Office as a deductible gift recipient under Item 1 of the Table in Section 30-15 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936.
  • 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, 1936.

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.
  • Have an annual gross revenue of more than $5,000,000.
  • Organisations that receive more than 40% of their annual funding from government (unless they have an income of under $1M per annum).
  • Auspiced applications.
  • Organisations or projects with religious affiliations.
  • Camps or conferences, sponsorship or fundraising appeals.
  • Parenting programs or programs for adults.

Additional Information

  • St.George Foundation cannot give funding to individuals or organisations that are not eligible recipients.
  • The St George Foundation Board of Governors considers applications for Community Grants of up to $50,000 twice per year.
  • In the interest of supporting many different communities, our Governors prefer not to support any one organisation for more than three consecutive years.
  • Applicants should wait until their previous project is acquitted before submitting a subsequent application. Generally, this will be at least one year between applications.
  • Applicants are required to provide the name and contact details of a Westpac Banking Group employee who is willing to act as a referee for their project in their application.
  • 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 on a project that addresses an issue which they deem to be of potential benefit to many of the children we support through smaller organisations.
  • Projects servicing Victoria should be applied for via Bank of Melbourne Foundation.
  • Projects in South Australia or the Northern Territory should be applied for via BankSA Foundation.


Download the Community Grants Funding Guidelines (PDF 247KB).