Social Investment Grants

Up to $50,000 is available from Social Investment Grants for not-for-profit projects or programs working to improve social outcomes.


Social Investment Grants Program

The Social Investment Grants Program are annual grants administered in conjunction with the Community Enterprise Foundation. Each year, they determine the area in which the grants will generate the most impact.



Since 2014, Community Sector Banking’s Social Investment Grants Program has supported dozens of not-for-profit organisations in their quest to help excluded, marginalised and disadvantaged people. But not only does the program strengthen communities, it also strengthens the not-for-profit organisations that many people rely on to get by.

The overwhelming number of applications for the 2018 program highlighted the immense need for more funding across the sector. That’s why in 2019 the theme will be building capacity of organisations. Building capacity can include, but is not limited to, acquisition of staff to deliver the project, training and/or development of new or existing staff to deliver the project and software development to improve existing capability/capacity to deliver the project.

The 2019 theme casts the net much wider and encourages all not-for-profit organisations that are building capacity to apply.



A total grant pool of $350,000 is available in 2019. Applications can be made for grants of either $25,000 or $50,000.



To qualify for the 2019 Social Investment Grant Program:

  • Applicants must be a not-for-profit organisation
  • Activities that the grant supports should be completed by the end of 2020
  • The grant will only support projects that benefit communities in Australia
  • All applications will be required to demonstrate operational and financial stability by providing appropriate information and documentation
  • A full budget to be provided as part of the application
  • Limited to NFP organisations with an annual turnover greater than $50k and no more than $5M
  • Funding to be directed to organisational capacity building, to increase capacity to deliver services and support that addresses community needs
  • Capacity to document and replicate initiatives elsewhere viewed favourably
  • Funding sources/capacity to leverage resources from elsewhere beneficial
  • Geographic spread/location is a consideration for the Grants Advisory Committee
  • Recipients agree to attending a media launch event with in two months of grant receipt



 Applications close 31 May 2019.


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