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ANZ’s Community Foundation grants $250k to 16 charitable organisations

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ANZ announced that its Community Foundation has granted $250k to 16 charitable organisations to deliver projects that support financial wellbeing, housing access and environmental sustainability.

For every dollar ANZ employees contribute to the Foundation the Bank matches it with an additional two dollars. Since 1988 more than $5m has been granted to charities in local communities around Australia.

Chair of the Foundation Sarah Stubbings said: “It is great to see so many ANZ staff contributing some of their pay each week to make a difference to the lives of people and communities across the country, particularly in such a difficult year.”

According to her, the breadth and creativity of the projects put forward this year demonstrates how passionate local charities are about improving access to housing, improving people’s financial wellbeing and supporting sustainable environments.

“We are pleased to support the charitable sector every year but especially this year as it has struggled with restrictions on fundraising events, volunteering drives and in-person programs,” Ms Stubbings said.

This year 16 grants were made ranging from $5,000 to $30,000 – six in Victoria, three in New South Wales, two in Queensland and Western Australia, and one in each Northern Territory, Tasmania and South Australia.

Here are details of the 16 grants with corresponding amounts received.



Community Organisation

Funds will go towards…


Financial Wellbeing

Melbourne, VIC

GoGirls Foundation

…supporting 6 financially disadvantaged women to complete a 4 month program to become ‘work ready’


Mount Druitt, NSW


…purchasing two laptops for use by participants in adult education classes for people with a disability


Marrickville, NSW

Dress for Success

…funding the cost of transitioning the Career Support & Dressing Program to a virtual model (admin, IT and postage)


Shepparton, VIC

Regional Opportunities Australia

…providing 13 refugees and their families with placement and relocation services



Sydney, NSW

Kari Foundation

…supporting Aboriginal youth to transition from Out-of-Home Care to independent living by funding housing maintenance and supplies


Melbourne, VIC

Society Melbourne

…delivering Financial Literacy training to homeless youth (‘train the trainer’ model) in partnership with Brotherhood of  St Lawrence and ANZ Money Minded, as part of an intensive employment and training program


Surfers Paradise, QLD

Surfers Paradise Anglican Crisis Care Inc

…supporting families fleeing family violence to overcome barriers to accessing the private rental market


Melbourne, VIC

National Homeless Collective

…providing 2 weeks of rent-in-advance on payback scheme, together with a support worker, for women escaping family violence


Environmental Sustainability

Arnhem Land, NT

Karrkad Kanjdji Trust

…funding the Warddeken Indigenous Rangers to implement a cool burning program in the threatened Anbinik rainforest, supporting biodiversity, employment and traditional land practices


Perth, WA

Plastic Free Foundation

…to conduct education campaigns on plastic reduction in schools and the community


Melbourne, VIC

Yarra Riverkeeper Association

…running a community clean up event covering 30kms of the Yarra River


General thriving communities

Melbourne, VIC

Bridges Connecting Communities Limited

…addressing digital exclusion of seniors and people with a disability by providing 5 digital devices with 12 months of access for the delivery of training on advoiding financial abuse


Hobart, TAS

Second Echo Ensemble

…providing opportunities for people with a disability to builds skills in arts performance


Playford, SA

United Way South Australia Incorporated

…running three weekly reading and craft session for children of families experiencing disadvantage


Sunshine Coast, QLD

A Brave Life Ltd

…providing 100 ‘baby bundles’ of newborn essentials to young parents


Armadale, WA

Hope Community Services Ltd

…purchasing a new van to deliver food hampers and other social supports to disadvantaged people


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Pearl Dy is a community manager and journalist. She is passionate about business and development particularly involving not-for-profits, charity and social entrepreneurship.


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