Stay Tuned!

Voting has now closed for this year's Community Grants.
Keep an eye out for the exciting announcement of our 2021 recipients.

Meet our $10k Finalists

Bangalow Koalas INC

Plant 965 koala habitat trees on a Bexhill property, bridging the gap in food and shelter for these koalas along the corridor.

Bangalow Koalas INC
The Northcott Society

Providing therapy resources and assessment kits for around 50 children with disability in Ballina during the first year of purchase.

The Northcott Society
Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital Limited

Construction of care enclosures for wildlife species incl. possums, wallabies, kangaroos, and small mammals that need temporary enclosures for recovery before and after essential wildlife veterinary treatment.

Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital Limited
Cancer Patients Foundation

Host 10 Face-to-Face workshops in the Northern Rivers helping over 100 people with cancer look good and feel better. If Covid impacts, zoom and home delivered kits could help 200 people.

Cancer Patients Foundation
Mullumbimby Community Garden

Expanding the weekly veggie box scheme from 25/week to 50/week. Providing the community with affordable, seasonal organic vegetables. Grant would raise garden beds, clear overgrown areas and build tool shed.

Mullumbimby Community Garden
Cancer Council NSW

Host a volunteer Northern Rivers day relating to local programs and services, fundraising events and initiatives and ways to support those going through their cancer journey.

Cancer Council NSW
The Healthy Minds Club

Provide a free mental health first aid course for the first 20 people in the Northern Rivers, and purchase text books for 200, to kick start a mental health program aiming to train 200 people.

The Healthy Minds Club
Emergent Leaders Foundation

Provide places for 10 young men and 10 young women to participate in the four day leadership camp.

Emergent Leaders Foundation
Mullum Organic Food Co-op

To install an off-grid solar system for a stable power supply to the Mullum Sustainability and Enterprise Development (MullumSEED) site.

Mullum Organic Food Co-op
Tweed Shire Community-led Resilience Team (CRT)s

Grant to split between 16 tweed shire community resilience teams to purchase supplies they need, defibrillators, first aid kits, generators etc.

Tweed Shire Community-led Resilience Team (CRT)s
Pottsville Community Preschool Inc

Install an awning and purchase weather devices, weather station and guage, empowering young children to understand weather patterns and embrace safe outdoor play.

Pottsville Community Preschool Inc
Casino Sport and Recreation Association Inc

A twelve month project that will protect the platypus for the future via habitat restoration and rehabilitation while connecting and working with the Aboriginal community as a reconciliation activity that unites us all in a common endeavor.

Casino Sport and Recreation Association Inc
101.3fm Memphis Mayhem Radio

Upgrade transmission towers to provide greater range and eliminate the black spots in the Northern Rivers.

101.3fm Memphis Mayhem Radio
Ballina Hot Meal Centre Inc

Funding would enable the purchase and installation of a suitable and adequate cool room, to avoid loss of donated food.

Ballina Hot Meal Centre Inc
OzFish Unlimited

To restore fish populations by mapping seagrass, improving the future of waterway health, and the communities and individuals these waterways support.

OzFish Unlimited
PCYC Lismore

Provide outreach programs for youth in surrounding areas who are unable to attend Lismore PCYC due to transport issues and living out of the Lismore LGA.

PCYC Lismore
Creative Caldera Incorporated

To contribute to running and delivering Murwillumbah Arts Trail 2022.

Creative Caldera Incorporated
Kingscliff Mini School

For the children will make their own community garden at the pre-school, building two large purpose built hardwood garden bed structures complete with edible plants and sub pods.

Kingscliff Mini School
Ballina Seagulls Football Club Inc

Upgrade ground lighting to LED, enabling night games to make Kingsford Smith Park the central hub of the North Coast Rugby League (NRRRL).

Ballina Seagulls Football Club Inc
New Wave Learning

Startup tutoring business to help kids during the new way of life.

New Wave Learning
Lennox Head Bowling & Recreation Club

To upgrade women’s bathrooms and change room to continue to accommodate local and visiting female guests and create a more sustainable footprint.

Lennox Head Bowling & Recreation Club
Living Agroecology

Engage children in saving seeds of locally adapted food crops, raising seedlings and connecting diverse cultures.

Living Agroecology

Meet our $2.5k Finalists

Pottsville Community Dune Care Inc

Restore and enhance the Pottsville dune area, including addition of Casuarina trees to protect threatened Glossy Black Cockatoo species.

Pottsville Community Dune Care Inc
Northcott Ballina

To host three Athletics taster sessions for >10 adults with disability to learn more about athletics and try some of its sporting events first-hand in a safe and supportive environment.

Northcott Ballina
Tumbulgum Public School

Create and build a cultural garden with the kids in the school, providing education on sustainability and culture.

Tumbulgum Public School
Zonta Club of Northern Rivers

Establish a mentor program with community housing tenants, compile 100 writing kits, and credit vouchers for phone and data before Christmas for women in need over 55.

Zonta Club of Northern Rivers
Rotary Club of Ballina-on-Richmond

Provide 16 care packs to families escaping domestic violence. Packs include essential toiletries, kids items and fuel voucher.

Rotary Club of Ballina-on-Richmond
RiverTracks

Renovate space to use to help young people build skills that will lead them towards employment and achieving their life goals.

RiverTracks
Australian Seabird Rescue Inc

Purchase a Brinsea Humidicrib to provide sick or injured seabirds with individual temperature and humidity control, bringing facilities up to code standard.

Australian Seabird Rescue Inc
Gold Coast Bodyboard Club

To have 7 professional bodyboard coaches at 7 bodyboard clinic events for children aged between 8 and 17 years.

Gold Coast Bodyboard Club
Murwillumbah Community Centre

To purchase an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and provide 1st Aid training on CPR and AED use.

Murwillumbah Community Centre
Cabarita Beach Surf Life Saving Club

Purchase equipment to continue to report on daily beach activity to Surf Life Saving Australia, including people on beach, in water, and hazards.

Cabarita Beach Surf Life Saving Club
Murwillumbah Theatre Co. Inc

To bring award winning puppet show ‘Beep’ to the tweed shire for the early learning sector to enjoy.

Murwillumbah Theatre Co. Inc
Southport Gymanstics Club Inc

Train and develop coaches and judges in the gymnastics team.

Southport Gymanstics Club Inc
Collecting My Thoughts

Subsidise mental health training of 50 individuals, with the Grant covering $50 of each $150 participant fee.

Collecting My Thoughts
Uki Refugee Project

35 to 45 refugees will be guests in the Tweed for a weekend comprising two nights of cultural exchange, education, fun and connection.

Uki Refugee Project
  • Key Dates

    Thursday 29th July: Grants Applications Open

    Tuesday 7th September, 5pm: Applications Close (new date)

    Monday 13th September: Finalists Announced and Voting opens (new date)

    Friday 17th September, 5pm: Voting Closes (new date)

    Tuesday 5th October: Recipients Announced! (new date)

  • Categories

    All applications will need to self allocate from the categories below

    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.

    Sustainability

    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.

    Tourism

    Initiatives promoting our region as the place to holiday. Example projects include activity programs/attractions to bring tourists to the area and promote the Northern Rivers highlights, education on our region, and big name events.

    Science and Tech

    Improving community access to science and tech availability and quality in the Northern Rivers. Ideas to drive improvements, upgrades, change and aim in the betterment of our area using tech advances.

  • The Little Details

    *We aim to make the application process simple and give every applicant an equal opportunity to produce a quality application. This includes questions to guide you through submission criteria, including category and whether you are applying for a ‘Big’ or ‘Small’ Grant.

    While we welcome small businesses and community groups to consider applying, unfortunately the following are ineligible for support through this program:

    • Individual applicants, including personal pursuits such as debt repayments, travel or ongoing medical treatment
    • 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 the Northern Rivers Region
    • Groups of less than 3 involved in the project

     

    Additionally, the following Terms and Condition’s apply:

    • During the application process, it’s expected you’ll be able to explain how the funding will be used in quarterly reporting should you be successful, and include SCCU in the project plan, allowing us to follow and publish the progress of your Grant allocation monthly, for a minimum of 12 months. This may include requests to provide media content or imagery that SCCU can publish to share your progress.
    • Grants awarded will be paid in AUD and into a SCCU account. If you do not already hold an account with SCCU, it is expected you will open one to allow Grant payment to be processed.
    • Completion of the application form is a critical part of our evaluation process which we use to measure your application against our selection criteria.
    • If you select “I’m interested” in banking with SCCU during the application process, a SCCU representative will give you a call to discuss.
    • As part of the application process, we capture your data and use this throughout our program
    • We may decide to award an amount different to the amount outlined in your application, Grant amounts are subject to change until awarded
    • We ask for an initial photograph to be submitted with each application, and upon providing, permission for SCCU to use in advertising is granted
    • All applications will be reviewed after the closing date of 7th of September 2021, with all applications that meet the eligibility criteria considered. Finalists will be advised via email, along with details of the voting process to follow.
    • The voting numbers received during the process form a part of the decision process to award Grants, but do not determine recipients alone.
    • One vote allowed per email address
    • All eligible applicants will be advised via email within 2 business days of the outcome of their application after the successful recipients have been determined.
    • If your application is successful, we will contact you to award funding and discuss ongoing engagement. If your application is unsuccessful we encourage you to reapply next year, as well as consider applying for our Referrer Rewards Program.
    • All applicants must satisfy all relevant and applicable terms have been appropriately disclosed.

    For more information in relation to eligibility criteria

    Contact Us

A Few Of Our Past Recipients

By working together we can achieve so much more!

2020 – Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital (BBWH)

BBWH launched Australia’s largest Mobile Wildlife Hospital, offering expert veterinary care to native animals wherever and whenever there is a crisis impacting wildlife. Applying for a SCCU Grant in partnership with Australian Seabird Rescue, the dynamic duo is working on a much-needed Sea Turtle Recovery Dry Docking System, bringing a world-class enclosure to our shores.

2019 – The S.H.I.F.T. Project

The SHIFT Kitchen at Bangalow Heritage House is a community initiative that supports women experiencing homelessness and disadvantage in the Byron Shire. It aims to increase the health and wellbeing of women by increasing their knowledge and skills in healthy cooking, and increasing their employability. Our Community Grant helped to introduce a hospitality employment path that provides professional training for project participants providing them with skills needed to return to the workforce.

2020 – Emergent Leaders Foundation

The Emergent Leaders Foundation run a number of programs that provide the skills, resources and structures for individuals, families and communities to let go of old frameworks and find a path to live a consciously harmonic life. Receiving the SCCU Grant for their Impactful Youth Project saw 50% of costs covered, providing scholarships for up to 22 youths hoping to participate. The project itself is a four day camp for young men and women: based on indigenous cultures in a safe environment– to test themselves, in confidence, personal leadership, emotional literacy, and teamwork.

2019 – Reforest Now

A non-profit organisation based in Byron Bay, Reforest Now grows and plants trees to combat climate change and restore ecosystems. Growing 23,000 native Australian trees each year, at the time of application the nursery had reached maximum capacity with three tunnels. They have since used our SCCU Community Grant to build a 4th misting house tunnel, increasing their capacity by 100% to help meet the growing demand for trees to be replanted in our region and they themselves, have kept on growing.

We are so grateful to have a strong partnership with such a great company that really cares about its local environment – and lives up to the community custodianship we hope to share with our partners and supporters.
Dane Marx - Positive Change For Marine Life
Winning the $1,500 award from Southern Cross Credit Union’s Community Goals program will be a massive help to our organisation. This money will go directly into feeding and caring for the animals that we have rescued and are in our care. We currently have 14 sea turtles, one seabird and one sea snake in our care. With this kind of support we can give the best possible care to these animals so they can be released back into the wild.
Kelsey Banister, Australian Seabird Rescue Assistant to the General Manager
On behalf of Tweed Palliative Support and Wedgetail Retreat, we are delighted with our win!  The fact that this was a community vote makes is very special to us and we are so grateful for their support. We commend Southern Cross Credit Union for their initiative in putting on this program to assist local charities.  The $5000 Community Goals prize will greatly enable us to continue our service to the people of Tweed Shire via TPS and to maintain our world-class end-of-life care at Wedgetail Retreat. Thank you SCCU and our community!
Meredith Dennis OAM, President of Tweed Palliative Support and Wedgetail Retreat
Through their Community Grants program, Southern Cross Credit Union have demonstrated their commitment to environmental sustainability  in our region in a number of ways. As well as funding projects to recycle plastic waste and remediate contaminated soil, they have supported Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital to provide expert veterinary care to native animals. Many of our patients are sea turtles, and  SCCU’s $10,000 grant will be used in partnership with Australian Seabird Rescue to secure a much-needed Sea Turtle Recovery Dry Docking System, assisting with their rehabilitation before being released back into their ocean home. We’re so very grateful to SCCU for their support and applaud their commitment to conservation and sustainability projects.    
Dr Stephen Van Mil - Founder and CEO, Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital
Southern Cross Credit Unit is an outstanding example of a business that is all about doing right by the communities that it operates in. By supporting local organisations such as ours (Positive Change for Marine Life), they are helping to address major issues around sustainability and environmental management. As is true to character for a locally focused, community-oriented business, they not only support us financially, but by actively attending and getting involved in community events. We are proud to have SCCU as a long term partner for our projects and campaigns, as we strive to foster greater community custodianship of the incredible environments we call home.
Dane Marx - Positive Change For Marine Life
"Access to having the same uniform really helped us to create a team environment where all women feel they belong. Quality footwear is also really important not only for safety but also for physical comfort as the work does require spending a lot of time on your feet.  The support from SCCU has made all the difference and we’re so grateful”
Sam Birmingham - Operations Manager for the Linen SHIFT
  • Previous Recipients

    2020
    Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital
    Precious Plastics Northern Rivers
    GCB Environmental
    Emergent Leaders Foundation
    Georgia and Gisela Conechado
    Pottsville Beach Community Hall

    2019
    Reforest Now
    Shedding Community Workshop
    The S.H.I.F.T. Project

     

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