Bank Australia has awarded 26 grants totalling $310,000 to organisations creating positive social and environmental change in Australia.
As well as supporting 21 of the bank’s community customers with grants up to $10,000, 2019 sees the introduction of the Community Renewable Energy grants, worth up to $25,000, awarded to five community organisations across Australia.
“In 2019 we’ve given out more grants than any other year, supporting the top issues our customers want action on like climate change, environmental conservation, family and gendered violence, reconciliation, diversity and inclusion, refugees and asylum seekers and homelessness,” said Bank Australia’s Managing Director Damien Walsh.
The annual Customer Grants program is funded through the Bank Australia Impact Fund, where the bank commits 4% of after tax profits every year.
“As a customer-owned bank we want to support the positive work our customers are doing in our communities and accelerate progress on the issues they care most about,” said Mr Walsh.
Our 2019 grants program received a record number of high quality applications, making our final decision a tough one. We’d like to thank all the organisations who applied for a grant this year.
We’re proud to be able to support projects that will create positive social and environmental impact across Australia, in places like Western Sydney, Brewarrina in northern NSW, and Regional Victoria. Some of the projects include:
- AbilityMade; a for purpose technology company that makes 3D printed ankle-foot orthoses (AFOs) for children with disabilities. They will partner with Northcott, Northcott Innovation and NSW Refugee Health to provide AFOs to refugee children with disabilities in Western Sydney
- Birth for Humankind; The Safer Beginnings project will connect 24 pregnant women from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds with focused one-to-one practical and emotional support from a professionally trained volunteer birth support worker
- Castlemaine District Community Health; supporting co-design workshops to develop a LGBTIQ+ support group for young people in the Mount Alexander Shire
- Funding Elizabeth Evatt Community Legal Centre’s ‘Pathways to Safety and Freedom’ which will help provide legal advice and support to women experiencing family violence
- Funding Central Victorian Greenhouse Alliance’s ‘Social SunPower’ project installing solar PV systems across a social housing co-operative, ensuring the benefits are shared amongst all houses regardless of where the system is installed.
- Community Power Agency Co-operative Limited; providing funding for a Solar Garden is offsite solar for “locked out” households who can’t put solar panels on their own roof
Bank Australia will also continue to scale up investment by entering into longer term partnerships to grow the scale and impact of some programs funded in previous annual Customer Grants rounds.