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Our Community

Auswide Bank and our people are part of your community!

'Our Community' Grants Scheme

As a caring corporate citizen, we sponsor and support a number of local activities, organisations, events and projects covering a wide range of sporting, cultural and community interests and endeavours.

We ask that any organisation seeking financial support apply for sponsorship through 'Our Community' Grants Scheme.

Each request for support is assessed individually and is based on our budget, the merit of the application and whether the application has met the criteria outlined for the grant.

When to apply

Amount Due dates
Grants above
Applications due: October 31st
(for projects January – December of the following calendar year)
$5,000 - $9,999
Applications due: December 1st
(for projects January – December of the following calendar year)
under $4,999
Applications due: Jan 31st
(for projects April – August of that same calendar year)
Applications due: June 30th
(for projects September – December of that same calendar year)
Applications due: Sept 30th
(for projects January – March of the following calendar year)

Worthwhile projects & eligibility

Auswide Bank provides grant funding to organisations ranging from small unincorporated groups to large organisations. Those we support must either be a not-for-profit organisation or local government authority to be eligible and hold an Auswide Bank account. Please refer to our Guidelines for the definition of not-for-profit.

We provide grant funding for purposes that are charitable or benevolent (in other words, for public good). Your request for a grant should relate to your organisation's objectives, as outlined in your constitution or mission statement.

We support a broad spectrum of events and projects that include community services, events and celebrations, buildings, public spaces and facilities, research, and organisational development. Our grants are designed to match the diversity of the communities we support.

If your idea for a grant doesn't seem to fit into this application process, please call us. We welcome new ideas and would be happy to explore them.

What we can't fund

We do not support the following:

  • Organisations/groups that do not hold an Auswide Bank account
  • Any project, event or activity that does not align with our corporate social responsibility
  • Core school and further higher educational activities e.g. playground equipment for schools
  • Ongoing operating costs, other than in an emergency or for projects with an end date
  • Promotion of a particular religious or spiritual philosophy. Our support to faith based groups focuses on welfare, community service or community event activities that are not of a religious nature
  • Individual pursuits such as travel to participate in sporting events 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
  • Events that encourage smoking, substance abuse, irresponsible alcohol consumption, substance abuse, or are directly related to gambling
  • Organisations and events outside our core regions
  • Activities that duplicate our existing sponsorships

If you are unsure about whether we can support your request, please call us on (07) 4150 4008.

Requesting an amount

We accept applications of any amount. You should apply for the amount that you need to serve the purpose properly. Please don't under or over estimate your request.

Generally we would not expect to be the only source of funding. We intend our grants to complement other sources of support, including a contribution from your organisation's own resources.

Amount limits

We have limits for unincorporated groups and organisations not GST registered. The limit is a combined total of up to $20,000 for each financial year.

For all other applicants we rarely impose a maximum on grant amounts. Wherever a limit applies, it will be detailed in the grant information.

The amount of support we can provide may be determined by the overall demand for support, or demand for support in a particular region, versus budget constraints.

Organisations that we are unable to assist financially should consider our Not-for-Profit Loan Referral Program as a way to raise funds.

Applying for a grant

Please refer to the grant amounts and corresponding closing dates for the amount you are seeking. We encourage you to call our Community Relations Specialist for advice before submitting an application on (07) 4150 4008.

Our application form contains detailed information about what you need to provide, as well as a checklist. This online application form is provided in Quick Links and you can email it once completed. Please call us if you need assistance locating or completing this application form.

Approval process

From the time of receipt of your grant application and provision of all supporting documentation, our assessment process generally takes one month from the time the grant round closes, although some decisions may take longer.

More information regarding our assessment process can be found in our Guidelines.

What you need to apply

All applicants must complete the Our Community Grants Application plus:

Incorporated organisations - we also need copies of:

  • Your Constitution
  • Your most recent audited financial statements, for both your organisation and the service to which the grant relates

Please note: In some instances Auswide Bank will accept financial statements prepared by your Treasurer but not audited. Please discuss this with a member of our Grants team before submitting your application.

Unincorporated groups - we also need copies of:

  • Minutes of your last two Board or committee meetings
  • Any other documentation with evidence of your organisation's role and function. This could be your Constitution, press clippings or letters of support and appreciation
  • A recent bank statement confirming your organisation's name

Submitting your application

Please submit your application before 5pm on the closing date specified. Late applications will not be considered.

Please submit one (1) electronic copy and one (1) printed copy of your application including any additional forms and information required to and the mailing address below:

Att: Community Relations Specialist
Auswide Bank
PO Box 1063
Bundaberg QLD 4670

In-kind support

Auswide Bank also enjoys offering in-kind support to our community.

Community Organisations can apply for in-kind support in the way of signage, marquee hire, merchandise or to have our company Mascot Ziggy the Piggy attend their community event. In-kind requests of this nature should include a cover letter outlining the benefits to Auswide Bank, in addition to one of the forms below and can be emailed direct to our Community Relations Specialist These requests are also subject to availability and other considerations.

Not-for-Profit Loan Referral Program

Auswide Bank's 'Not-for-Profit Loan Referral Program' provides the following incentives to organisations that have established a 'Credit Referrer Agreement': $250 per approved Home Loan and $100 per approved Personal Loan. Click here for more information.

Reporting and evaluation

Please keep reporting and evaluation in mind in the planning stages of your event. All organisations who receive our support are accountable for providing a post-event report within four (4) weeks of your project/event completion. Auswide Bank provides a Grants Reporting Form for this purpose.

This report allows you to detail the following:

  • Event objectives and if these were met
  • How the grant funding was spent
  • Event attendance numbers and feedback
  • Examples of any media, advertising or editorial
  • Photographs of the event and evidence of Auswide 's sponsorship at your event

Please note that in some instances Auswide Bank may arrange an event debrief meeting to discuss your event.

Sharing the good news

Information about our grants is sought after by the media, the community sector, government, and other funders. Where appropriate we encourage organisations who have received a grant to publicly acknowledge our support. We also appreciate in some cases that it is better to be discreet.

The publicity you generate will raise awareness about your activities and tell people who you are and what you're doing. It also helps stakeholders of Auswide Bank know where the money is being spent and how the community will benefit.

In addition to increasing public awareness of the work of your organisation, your publicity may also inspire other community organisations to apply for a grant.

Resources to assist you

If asked to promote our support we have resources to assist you:

  • Access to our Auswide Bank Brand Guidelines for use of the Auswide Logo & colours
  • Access to our logos for your website and publications
  • Access to banners, marquees, merchandise & signage

We are happy to hear your suggestions on other ways to publicise our support. Please call our Community Relations Specialist on (07) 4150 4008 or email us at

Auswide Bank Logo

You can request our logos by calling our Community Relations Specialist on (07) 4150 4008. In most cases the logo kit will be sent to you on confirmation of your successful application.

Auswide Bank Brand Guidelines

The document Auswide Bank Brand Guidelines is intended to be used as a guide by community groups on how to use our logo, colours and brand.

All artwork is to be pre-approved by the Community Relations Specialist by email. Please forward to


How are payments made?

Once a grant is approved, we will send you a letter or email advising your organisation of the successful application and the amount you have been approved to receive.

If you accept the grant and are GST registered you will be required to send Auswide a tax invoice at least 60 days before your event. If applicable, all payments of grants are inclusive of GST.

Grants are paid through an electronic funds transfer one month prior to your event. Please make sure that the bank account details you provide in your application are those of your organisation's main operating account. If these details change please complete a Change of Details form.

What happens if your project or organisation details change?

If the changes relate to your organisation's details such as bank details, name, delegated authority or GST status, please complete a Change of Details form.

If your project or some of the people involved has changed, please tell us. We can work with you in responding to any differing or changed circumstances.

What if your project or event is cancelled?

If your event does not proceed, you will be required to refund any money paid to your organisation, back to Auswide Bank within 30 days. The only exception is if your event/project is cancelled on the day due to bad weather or unforeseeable circumstances. If you can show us that your cancelled event or project will proceed at a later date, we may consider rolling-over that investment, but this will be assessed on a case by case basis. Please call our Community Relations Specialist to gain clarification or refer to our Guidelines.