The Commonwealth Bank and Coca-Cola have opened their 2015 grants rounds with a potential grand total of $2.4 million available for eligible organisations, Liz Henderson finds.

Commonwealth Bank logoBank’s $2 million investment in the community sector

Applications for the Commonwealth Bank’s 2015 Community Grants opened on February 2 and will close at 5.00 pm AEDT on Friday February 27, with up to $2 million in funding to be shared among organisations that support the health and wellbeing of Australian youth.

Hundreds of organisations will be awarded grants, each worth up to $10,000, in this investment by the Commonwealth Bank and its staff. The annual grants are an initiative of the Commonwealth Bank Staff Community Fund.As Australia’s longest running employee contribution program, the fund has injected $9.7 million into Australian community organisations since its launch in 2007.

To be eligible, organisations must have Australian Tax Office endorsement, Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status,and support Australians aged 21 or younger.

“Young Australians will shape our future, so it’s important we help support and nurture their health and wellbeing,” said Catherine Fitzpatrick, who is the Commonwealth Bank’s acting general manager, corporate responsibility. “Our annual Community Grants program … has allowed more than 1,200 community organisations to help kids across the nation. Our grants are made possible by almost 13,000 of our staff donating a little from each pay to the Fund. We look forward to receiving this year’s applications and encourage eligible organisations across the country to apply.”

To apply for a grant or for more information, visit

Coca Cola Foundation logo$400,000 in grants from Coca-Cola Australia Foundation

The Coca-Cola Australia Foundation (CCAF) is calling on applications for its 2015 Community Grants Program – closing Friday March 27 – from local community groups and programs with DGR status, that aim to make a positive difference in the lives of marginalised young Australians.

The CCAF awards up to 40 grants a year ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 each for successful applicants. Since its inception, over $10 million has been awarded to hundreds of programs across Australia.

Julie White, CCAF chairwoman, encourages all community groups to apply for a grant, explaining that: “The Coca-Cola Australia Foundation Grants are a great opportunity for local community organisations to receive financial assistance to continue thepositive impact they make on marginalised youth in the community.”

“Since 2002,” adds White, “these grants have provided valuable support to community organisations assisting marginalised youth. We are looking forward to supporting the next round of grantees and encourage all organisations that support marginalised youth to apply.”

Click here to view full eligibility criteria and an application form.

Liz Henderson is editor of Fundraising & Philanthropy Magazine.



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