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Community Grants

An opportunity for local organisations working on a project or event to access one of three $5,000 community grants


Each year we provide three $5,000 Community Grants, available to local groups and organisations working on projects or events that benefit our local communities.


Through our Community Grants initiative we provide funding for organisations working on a project or event that benefits our local communities in one of 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.

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.

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.

2018/19 Applications
  Applications Open   Saturday 1st September
  Applications Close   Sunday 14th October
  Voting Open   Monday 22nd October
  Voting Closes   Sunday 18th November
  Recipients Announced   Monday 3rd December


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

Through our Community Grants Program we provide funding of $5,000 to three succesful applicants.  It is expected that you'll be able to show how the funds will be used within the application.

We aim to make the application process simple and give every applicant an equal opportunity to produce a quality application.  The application form is a critical part of our evaluation process which we use to measure your application against our selection criteria, so we encourage you to complete the form carefully and answer all questions.

All applications will be reviewed after the application close date.  Each applicant will then be notified whether they are eligible to proceed to the voting stage.  During the voting stage, we will open online and in-branch facilities for people to vote for your cause.  Voting is used as part of the assessment process to show how much support there is for your cause and will give you an opportunity to interact and promote your cause to our communities.

After voting has closed, all applications will be assessed using our Assessment Matrix alongside voting results, with three successful applicants chosen.  If your application is successful, we will contact you to award the funding to your organisation and discuss ongoing engagement.  If your application is unsuccessful we encourage you to reapply during the next round of applications or consider applying for our Community Partnership or Community Reward Programs.

All eligible applicants will be advised via email of the outcome of their application after the succesful recipients have been determined.

Assessment Matrix

  • Tweed District Rescue Squad - New Lifesaving Equipment
    As a volunteer responder to rescue situations, many people wouldn't hear about the critical work that TDRS do until they, or someone they know, experiences it first hand. Their Community Grant was used to purchase two Automatic External Defibrillators to help in instances of cardiac arrest.
  • Future Dreamers - Summer Holiday Program
    Future Dreamers is an inspiration hub championing positive futures for girls and young women 12-25 years old. They offer a range of engaging and uplifting workshops that encourage personal development, social connection and educational/vocational support. Each school holidays, Future Dreamers put on a variety of workshops and activities for girls, so they can enjoy themselves in a relaxed and nurturing environment whilst experiencing something new. In 2017/18 we were pleased to be able to help fund their Summer Holiday Program.
  • Enova Community - Repower Byron Shire Project
    Enova Community is the not-for-profit arm of Enova Community Energy Ltd, a social enterprise creating energy aware communities in NSW to protect the natural environment and lower energy costs for the welfare of all. Their Community Grant will be used to help drive the 2018 Repower Byron Shire Project which aims to engage, educate, inspire and empower ten street communities (100 households) in Mullumbimby, to take control of their energy use and commit to using 100% renewable energy.
  • Liberation Larder - Byron Festival Food Rescue Project
    Each year, tonnes of food from local festivals and events go to waste. Liberation Larder's Byron Festival Food Waste Project saves 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.
  • Community Owned Renewable Enerfy Mullumbimby (COREM) - Brunswick Valley Rescue Solar Project
    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 used the Community Grant to support one of their initiatives 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 provides 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 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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