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Apply now for cash grants of up to $20,000

Are you a charity or community group with a project in the areas of health and wellbeing, community safety, environment or education? If you are looking for funding to complete a project or have a project in mind that you can’t achieve without assistance, we’re here to help. 

Aurizon Community Giving Fund applications are now open, offering cash grants of up to $20,000 to eligible charities in communities we work and live in.

Applications are now open and will close on Friday 27 October 2023 at 5pm AEDT.

 

 

 

Aurizon Community Giving Fund

Founded in 2011 the Aurizon Community Giving Fund provides grants of up to $20,000 to eligible charities across our areas of operation.  Since launch the fund has supported over 570 charities with funding support for projects delivering benefits to our local communities in the areas of health and wellbeing, community safety, environment and education.

 

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Community Giving Fund Eligibility

Am I eligible for a grant?

Please view our Guidelines and Terms and Conditions. There is also a list of Frequently Asked Questions below and a guide on Tips for Writing Grant Applications which may be helpful to your charity when writing your grant application.

 

  • Non-profit organisations that hold an approved deductible gift recipient (DGR) status charity (Item 1) from the Australian Tax Office. If you are unsure of your organisation’s tax status, check with your financial advisor and the Australian Government’s ABN Lookup website.
  • The Aurizon Community Giving Fund is focused on the broad areas of health and wellbeing, community safety, the environment and education. All applications for an Aurizon Community Giving Fund grant must fit within at least one of these funding categories to be eligible for consideration.
  • Cash grants are only available for projects that affect the immediate areas in which Aurizon operates. View our areas of operation on the map below.

Previous Community Giving Fund recipients

Thank you to all those organisations across Australia that submitted applications for the previous round of the Aurizon Community Giving Fund. Aurizon are proud to announce that there are 29 successful recipients from this round, a full list of recipients is available here.

These grants will assist local projects and initiatives across Australia, and deliver benefits for many in our regional communities.

The next round of the Aurizon Community Giving Fund is open now, apply via the link at the top of this page.

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • The community organisation must be a registered Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) Item 1 endorsed by the Australian Tax Office. All successful applications will be validated to ensure this criterion is met prior to the grant being released.

    If your community organisation does not have DGR Item 1 status, your organisation is not eligible to apply for the Aurizon Community Giving Fund grant.

    If you are unsure of your organisation’s tax status, check with your financial advisor and the Australian Government’s ABN Lookup website www.abr.business.gov.au.
  • The Aurizon Community Giving Fund grants program is structured to make grants directly to DGR Item 1 organisations. Whilst auspice arrangements will be considered, we prefer to make grants directly to the respective charities.
  • No, you must check on each occasion. We have been notified that there have been significant changes to these organisations internal policies associated with these types of arrangements.
  • Aurizon’s Community Giving Fund is focused on the broad areas of Health and Wellbeing, Environment, Community Safety and Education. All applications must fit within at least one of these funding categories to be eligible for consideration.

    Health & Wellbeing
    We seek to provide grants to initiatives that improve a community’s health and wellbeing, such as healthy lifestyle programs, mental health support, cardiovascular health related projects – particularly if they specifically support women, Indigenous groups or the LGBTIQ community.

    Community Safety
    We seek to support initiatives that increase safety and security in our local communities, such as emergency response, domestic and family violence, natural disaster prevention/minimisation measures, accident prevention and road safety - particularly if they specifically support women, Indigenous groups or the LGBTIQ community.

    Education
    We seek to provide support in areas such as literacy and numeracy, life education, apprenticeships and traineeships, and in particular, increasing and retaining skills in regional areas.

    Environment
    We seek to support initiatives that promote environmental enhancement in the communities through which we operate. Focused on issues such as improving biodiversity of natural habitats, community conservation and environmental education. Examples of initiatives we would look at supporting include, land rehabilitation and revegetation programs, clean-up and education days as well as local conservation projects.
  • No, all geographical areas are equally considered, however we encourage all applicants to check Aurizon’s areas of operation to ensure your project is located appropriately.
  • The Aurizon Community Giving Fund cash grants will be based on a minimum of AUD$1,000 and a maximum of AUD$20,000.
  • You can submit separate applications for different projects in any one round provided the applications meet the necessary eligibility criteria and Terms and Conditions.
  • Only online application forms are available. If you start an application and need to stop to search for the requested information, you can save your application and go back at any time before the closing date to complete it.

    Similarly, the Criteria and Guidelines and Terms and Conditions document is only available online.
  • Firstly, you should check your Junk folder. Depending on your Inbox setting, the email is sometimes recognised as junk mail and is sent to the Junk folder.

    If it is not there, please contact the Aurizon Community Giving Fund team at community@aurizon.com.au.

  • The online application link closes at 5pm AEDT on the closing date. If you miss this deadline, you will have to make your submission in the next round.
  • You will be notified as to the outcome of your application as soon as a decision is made. We ask that you refrain from contacting the Aurizon Community Giving Fund during the processing period.

    Correspondence regarding your submitted application will be sent from info@aurizon.good2givegrants.org. Please ensure you add this email address to your safe senders list.
  • If that occurs, as per the Aurizon Community Giving Fund Terms and Conditions, you must inform the Aurizon Community Giving Fund team immediately at community@aurizon.com.au.
  • We are very fortunate to receive an extraordinary number of worthy applications. However, as you can appreciate we are unable to support all projects. Given the number of applications we receive, unfortunately we are not in a position to provide individual application feedback.
  • As long the school building fund has DGR Item 1 status and the project meets the requirements to be funded through the building fund, an application can be submitted.
  • Some community organisations may be eligible to apply under this type of arrangement. You must first check with the auspice organisation. It is important to note that any successful grants will need to be deposited into the bank account of the DGR Item 1 auspice organisation.
  • Grants from the Aurizon Community Giving Fund can only be made to organisations with DGR Item 1 status. This is a legal-taxation requirement of the Fund. Unfortunately, organisations with Item 2 status cannot be considered.
  • Aurizon is a national organisation with operations in Queensland, New South Wales, Western Australia, the Northern Territory, and South Australia. 

    Grants will only be available for not-for-profits projects that affect the immediate areas in which Aurizon operates although the administrative centre of the applying organisation may be located outside of the stated areas of operation.

  • Please simply select one of the locations (the location with the largest focus if that may be the case) and clearly outline within the remainder of the application the other locations the project affects.
  • Yes, you can.
  • Applications to the Aurizon Community Giving Fund can only be made online.
  • Your application will autosave as you work through your submission.

    Click on the ‘Submission’ button at the top of your application, then hit the ‘Email Link’ button in the submission page. An email with a unique link to your application will be sent to the email address that you provided in your application. You can click on the link to go back into your application any time before the closing date to complete.
  • We encourage applicants to submit an approved photo to their application if available, however there is no facility for attaching documents to the application. If we require more information to review the application, we will contact you.
  • After the application closing time, depending on whether further research is required or we need more information, our process for determining successful or unsuccessful applications may take up to an eight-week review period.
  • It is possible that the granted amount may vary from the original application request.

    If that occurs and your proposed project is unable to proceed with the reduced grant, you can choose to withdraw your application.
  • Via email on community@aurizon.com.au.

Delivering for our local communities


Since 2011 the Aurizon Community Giving Fund has helped a diverse range of organisations across Australia deliver projects that make our local communities better places to live in.

Together, we make a difference where it matters most, supporting over 570 projects through charities and community groups.

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