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Community Grants

Applications are invited from commuity groups and events for one of three $5,000 community grants

2017 Applications Open!

Southern Cross Credit Union is proud to announce three $5,000 Community Grants, available to local groups and organisations working on projects or events that benefit our local communities.

Applications close Friday 11 August 2017.

Applications are invited from community groups working on a project or event that benefits our local communities and improves accessibility and engagement in the following areas:

  • Art and culture
    Initiatives related to the celebration, preservation or ongoing impact of arts, cultural and heritage projects in the Northern Rivers and Tweed region. Example projects may include equipment, services and/or facilities such as community arts projects, restoration of items or areas with historical or cultural significance, performances.
  • Education
    Initiatives that support imparting information or knowledge, skill sharing or improve delivery of teaching and education services. Example projects may include equipment, services and/or facilities such as teaching aides and resources, reading programs, creating access and opportunities to engage in education.
  • Sport and recreation
    Initiatives providing sport and recreational benefit to the wider community. Example projects may include equipment, services and/or facilities such as shade for events, sporting equipment, uniforms, upgrading facilities, first aid equipment, tournaments, and training programs.
  • Environment
    Initiatives that focus on building awareness, preservation, engagement with and/or sustainability of the natural environment. Example projects may include equipment, services and/or facilities such as community gardens, sustainability education, restoration or care of ecosystems.
  • Health and well-being
    Improving community access to health and well-being services. Example projects may include equipment, services and/or facilities for youth groups, mentoring programs, community health services, health education, training and development programs.
  • Step 1: Complete the following application form and attach supporting documents
  • Step 2: You will be advised if your project has been accepted
  • Step 3: You need votes! Promote your project using your networks and community and encourage them to vote for your project online at or at any SCCU branch.

Applications close Friday 11 August 2017.


Submit Your Application

Application form   Judging Matrix   Terms & Conditions


The Community Grants are designed to provide support to organisations from small, unincorporated groups to medium size
organisations. Groups must be not-for-profit organisations to be eligible. We apply the Australian Taxation Office’s definition
of not-for-profit organisations for the purposes of our Community Grants program.

‘A not-for-profit organisation is defined as ‘one which is not operating for the profit or gain of its individual members.
This applies to direct and indirect gains. Any profit made by the organisation goes back into the operation of the
organisation to carry out its purposes and is not distributed to any of its members.'


What We Can’t Support

We cannot support the following:

  • Individual pursuits such as travel to participate in sporting events or ongoing medical treatment
  • Events or organisations involved in commercial activities
  • Events where another financial institution, bank or insurance competitor are a sponsor
  • Programs that could be detrimental to public health or safety, discriminatory, or offensive to the community
  • Projects of a political or religious nature
  • Events that encourage smoking, substance abuse, irresponsible alcohol consumption or gambling
  • Organisations and events outside our SCCU’s footprint or overseas
  • Expeditions or travel outside outside of Far North Coast of NSW or South East Queensland
  • Activities that duplicate our existing sponsorships

Applications Open: Monday 3 July 2017

Applications Close: Friday 11 August 2017

Voting Open: Monday 28 August - Friday 27 October 2017

Vote Counting and Judging: Monday 30 October - Friday 10 November 2017

Winners Notified: Friday 17 November 2017

Judging Criteria

Applications will be assessed by the judging panel based on the criteria set out in the Community Grants Judging Matrix.


Applicants will be supplied with a promotional kit to encourage their members, target audience and community to vote for them either in branch or online at 


Winners will be decided based on the number of votes received and the judging criteria. Winners will be notified on Friday 17 November 2017.

  • Byron Festival Food Rescue Project - Liberation Larder
    Each year, tonnes of food from local festivals and events go to waste. Liberation Larder's Byron Festival Food Waste Project will save more than 10 tonnes of food from local events including Falls Festival, Splendour in the Grass and Bluesfest. The rescued food is then redistributed to the homeless and families and individuals in need.
  • Brunswick Valley Rescue Solar Project - Community Owned Renewable Enerfy Mullumbimby (COREM)
    COREM is a not for profit community action group dedicated to setting up community-owned renewable energy projects in the Mullumbimby area, in the pursuit and promotion of a 100% renewable energy future for the region. COREM will use the Community Grant to support one of their projects which is to install solar panels on the Brunswick Valley Rescue building, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by more than 5 tonnes and contributing to COREM's revolving energy fund which will support future projects.
  • Big Scrub Orchestra - Big Scrub Rainforest Day
    The Big Scrub Orchestra will provide dynamic arts education for local students at the rurally located Dunoon and Whian Whian Public Schools. Students at these schools have limited access to specialised creative arts teachers and programs. The children will participate in creative workshops including song writing workshops, composing music and performance, culminating in the recording of a song and the Big Scrub Orchestra performing at the Big Scrub Rainforest Day.
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