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Mutual Good Community Grants

Applications for our 2018 Mutual Good Community Grants are now closed.

About CUA Mutual Good Community Grants

We’re committed to making life better for our members and their communities. That’s why we set up the Mutual Good Community Grants programme.

It gives local, not-for-profit organisations across Australia the opportunity to apply for a $10,000 grant towards an initiative that will benefit the community. It’s a little extra help for local groups making a big difference.

We’re proud to have already supported groups like Queensland Radio for the Print Handicapped, Top Blokes Foundation, and the Australian Animal Protection Society. And we’re excited to be helping another 19 groups this year.

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The winners of the CUA Mutual Good Community Grants in 2018 were:

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The winners for the first round of CUA Mutual Good Community Grants in 2017 were:

Organisations intending to apply for a grant will need to meet the following eligibility criteria:

Eligible organisation types

CUA Mutual Good Community Grants focus on non-profit and social enterprise organisations who are based in Australia and who benefit the local community with a significant social impact.

This could include organisations that:

  • Improve social welfare
  • Advance education and training
  • Provide emergency relief
  • Support major life challenges and changes

Eligibility to Apply

To be eligible to receive a CUA Mutual Good Community Grant, each applying organisation must:

  • Run, manage, conduct or implement programs in the local community with significant social impact
  • Have a principle objective of addressing social disadvantage in Australia
  • Have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • Hold a current bank account in Australia in its name
  • Agree to the Terms and Conditions of the program

Ineligible organisation types

Please note we will not consider applications from:

  • Individuals
  • Government organisations or agencies
  • Healthcare organisations (except those which are independent not-for-profit organisations)
  • Professional, commerce and trade associations
  • Fundraising events such as luncheons, dinners, walks, runs, or sports tournament
  • Organisations that do not provide a social or welfare service without discrimination, or that seek to convert individuals to a particular faith
  • Organisations that engage in discrimination in hiring, compensation, access to training or services
  • Organisations that may be associated with criminal or extremist activity

Eligible Locations

Community organisations located in a pre-determined radius (no greater than 1 hour travel time) around the following CUA branches will be considered in this round:

QLD

NSW

VIC

WA

Cairns

Capalaba

Carindale

Morayfield

Toowoomba

Townsville

Castle Hill

Dapto

Figtree

Hornsby

Newcastle

Parramatta

Penrith

Doncaster

Eastland

Traralgon

William Street

Werribee

Perth

2018 CUA Mutual Good Community Grant Guidelines

The CUA Mutual Good Community Grant program supports initiatives that make a positive difference in our local communities across Australia. Under this program, eligible not-for-profit and social enterprise organisations are invited to apply for up to $10,000 in funding to deliver new or existing programs that approach social issues in a new way or tackle issues that are not satisfactorily addressed currently.

Eligibility & Exclusions

Please review our Eligibility Criteria before completing your application.

Key Dates for next round

Applications open: 1 February 2018

Applications close: 2 March 2018

Applicants notified: April 2018

Assessment criteria

CUA Mutual Good Community Grant applicants will be assessed based on how well they:

  • Target a particular issue facing their local community
  • Respond to identified community issue based on consultation or input from that community
  • Demonstrate the potential to make a measurable improvement
  • Address the issue in a practical, new and engaging way or address an immediate need that is not currently satisfactorily addressed
  • Demonstrate capacity and capability as an organisation to manage the program
  • Present a considered and clear budget that represents good value for money against comparable projects
  • Articulate a clear project concept with concrete, time-limited, quantified targets
  • Demonstrate how the improvements gained during the funding period will be sustained

Application Process

To apply for a grant:

  • Come back to this page on 1 February 2018 until 2 March 2018 and complete the online application form.
  • You must meet the Eligibility Criteria.

Read our Grant Guidelines or visit our FAQs for more information.

Contact us

If you have a query please email community@cua.com.au or call 07 3552 4485.

Is my organisation eligible for a grant?

Please see our Eligibility Criteria to see if your organisation is eligible.

How do I apply for a grant?

  • Come back to this page on 1 February 2018 until 2 March   2018 and complete the online application form.

What is the maximum amount of funding that can be applied for?

Organisations can apply for a grant of up to $10,000.

How long do successful organisations have to spend the grant?

If successful, you will need to spend the funding within 12 months of receiving the grant.

Can I apply on behalf of an organisation?

Only a Director or Senior Manager of an eligible organisation can apply for a grant.

Can I apply for a grant to support a fundraising event?

Fundraising events and initiatives will not be supported. Mutual Good Community Grants support the delivery of services, programs and initiatives within the community.

Can a grant application be made to support an individual in need?

Grants will not be made to individuals, only organisations can apply.

Does the organisation need to be a CUA member to apply for a grant?

No. In the application, we ask if the organisation is a member for administration purposes only.

If my organisation applied for or received a grant in past grant rounds, can I still apply?

Yes, as long as your organisation still meets all of the Eligibility Criteria.

Can my organisation apply for multiple grants for different programs?

This program is designed for local organisations, so only one application per organisation will be considered in each round of grants.

Can I submit my grant application by email?

No, it must be submitted using the online application form.

The word count for some sections is too short. Can I submit a longer answer or supporting documentation?

Due to the anticipated volume of applications, we require applicants to fit within the character count for each question. Where possible, we encourage you to write your answers in point form. We are unable to accept or review supporting documents as part of any application.

I missed the time or date applications closed. Will you still accept my application?

No. If you miss the application deadline, we encourage you to apply for a grant in the next round.

The following Terms & Conditions apply to the CUA Mutual Good Community Grant Program.

By participating or submitting your CUA Mutual Good Community Grant application you are deemed to have accepted ALL of the Program Terms & Conditions.

  1. CUA Mutual Good Community Grant Program is conducted by Credit Union Australia Ltd ABN 44 087 650 959 (CUA).
  2. Nominations of Eligible Organisations to be included in the CUA Mutual Good Community Grant Program must be in the application form approved by CUA.
  3. Applications must be submitted to CUA between specified times and dates. CUA has an absolute discretion to extend the application deadline for such additional period as it chooses.
  4. CUA may contact an organisation for additional information or clarification when reviewing applications and may take into account such information when making its determination.
  5. CUA, at its absolute discretion, will choose which Eligible Organisations it will include in the CUA Mutual Good Community Grant Program based on its assessment of applications that best support the local community. CUA’s decision in this regard is final.
  6. All applications become the property of CUA. CUA collects personal information in order to conduct the CUA Mutual Good Community Grant Program and may disclose such information to third parties, including but not limited to agents, contractors, service providers, suppliers and regulatory authorities. Participation is conditional on providing this information.
  7. CUA will publish the list of grant recipients and details of prizes awarded at www.cua.com.au/mutualgoodgrants
  8. Liability for any tax arising out of participation in the CUA Mutual Good Community Grant Program is the sole responsibility of grant recipients. The grant recipients should seek independent financial and taxation advice in this regard.
  9. CUA Mutual Good Community Grant Program is open to Eligible Organisations that support the local community. However, CUA reserves the right to refuse to consider Eligible Organisations or withdraw an Included Organisations from the CUA Mutual Good Community Grant Program, if its ideas, members, actions or aims are not aligned (in CUA’s view) with the CUA brand, purpose or values.
  10. CUA reserves the right to follow up on how the grant money has been spent, for the purposes of marketing.
  11. Grant recipients agree to CUA referring to grant recipients in any media, for an unlimited period, for the purposes of promoting CUA.
  12. CUA’s liability is limited to the awarding of grant money in accordance with these term and conditions.
  13. Grant recipients must keep and maintain adequate insurance (including public liability insurance) for the activities carried out using any grant awarded, against any claims for loss or damage to property and injury or death to persons. CUA will not be deemed responsible in any case.
  14. Grant recipients shall if requested by CUA take part in media activity, be it a photo opportunity or by submitting and signing off on a quote for media alerts.
  15. Grant recipients who receive grant money may be required to attend a CUA event. CUA will provide 14 days’ notice to request attendance.
  16. Grant recipients and nominated Eligible Organisations (and their members) shall not do or say anything or cause anyone to do or say anything that may prejudice or cause damage to the brand and reputation of CUA.
  17. Throughout the document the reference to “CUA”, refers to Credit Union Australia Ltd and any of its affiliated representatives.
  18. If this promotion is interfered with in any way or is not capable of being conducted as reasonably anticipated due to any reason beyond the reasonable control of CUA, CUA reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to the fullest extent permitted by law (a) to disqualify any grant recipients; or (b) to modify, suspend, terminate or cancel the CUA Mutual Good Community Grant Program, as appropriate.
  19. Nothing in these Terms and Conditions limits, excludes or modifies or purports to limit, exclude or modify the statutory consumer guarantees as provided under the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth), as well as any other implied warranties under the Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001 (Cth) or similar consumer protection laws in the states and territories of Australia (“Non-Excludable Guarantees”). Except for any liability that cannot by law be excluded, including the Non-Excludable Guarantees, CUA (including its respective officers, employees and agents) excludes all liability (including negligence), for any personal injury; or any loss or damage (Including loss of opportunity); whether direct, indirect, special or consequential, arising in any way out of the CUA Mutual Good Community Grant Program.
  20. Failure by CUA to enforce any of its rights at any stage does not constitute a waiver of those rights.
  21. To be eligible to receive a CUA Mutual Good Community Grant, each applying organisation must:
    1. Run, manage, conduct or implement programs in the local community
    2. Have a principle objective of addressing social disadvantage in Australia
    3. Have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
    4. Hold a current bank account in Australia in its name
    5. An application must be submitted by an authorised representative of the organisation.
  22. CUA Mutual Good Community Grants are open to most community ideas. However, CUA reserves the right to reject a project if it is not aligned with the CUA brand and values. The following projects WILL NOT be considered for funding:
    1. Government organisations or agencies.
    2. Healthcare organisations excepting independent non-profit organisations.
    3. Professional, commerce, and trade associations.
    4. Fundraising events such as luncheons, dinners, walks, runs, or sports tournaments.
    5. Political or religious organisations (except those who provide a social or welfare service without discrimination, or seeking to convert to a particular faith)
    6. Organisations that engage in discrimination in hiring, compensation, access to training or services
  23. In the next round, there are 19 grants of $10,000 to be awarded in total, one (1) grant for each Participating CUA Branch region.
  24. The winners of the CUA Mutual Good Community Grant ("Grantee") will be the Eligible Organisation whose project is chosen by CUA (at its sole discretion) who best meets the selection criteria.
  25. The grant awarded must be used and applied solely for the purpose of the project as stated in the application.
  26. The Grantee must use the grant funds within 12 months of date of receipt of funding, unless agreed otherwise by CUA.
  27. The grant awarded will be supplied in the form of a CUA deposit account or as CUA determines and will not include any additional CUA products or services.
  28. A statement of expenditure for the grant must be supplied and be deemed satisfactory by CUA before the grant will be released to the Grantee.
  29. The Grantee must provide to CUA a Report which includes final expenditure statements and a brief final report on the project outcome within 4 weeks of the end date of the project.
  30. Should the actual total project costs be more than the proposed project costs, CUA will not be responsible nor be obliged to pay any monies additional to the notified grant amount.
  31. If, at any time, the stated purpose of the project is no longer possible and cannot be completed in the manner described in the application form, the Grantee must advise CUA of the inability to complete the stated purpose within two weeks of this becoming apparent. CUA may agree to a variation in the purpose and project, provided that the variation meets the initial selection criteria and is deemed satisfactory by CUA. CUA also reserves the right to withdraw the grant and require that all unspent monies be returned should the alternative project not be deemed satisfactory by CUA.
  32. CUA’s financial assistance to the project must be acknowledged, regardless of the amount of funding. This is a condition of the Grantee’s funding. To acknowledge CUA’s financial assistance, please display the CUA logo, or state in writing that CUA has funded your project through CUA Mutual Good Community Grant program. Where a timeline is in place, CUA must be acknowledged for the duration of the project. CUA may not be referred to for any purposes outside of the project awarded. CUA logo and logo guidelines will be supplied by CUA upon request.
  33. All advertising, signage, media releases and other promotional material that contains the CUA logo or reference to the CUA funding must be submitted to and approved by CUA prior to its production and release. CUA reserves the right to make amendments prior to their release.
  34. By accepting the grant, Grantees consent to the use of photos of the grant recipients in the media, on social media, CUA publications and on websites or television commercials for publicity or for marketing purposes.
  35. Grant recipients shall, if requested by CUA, take part in media activity, be it a photo opportunity or by submitting and signing off on a quote for media alerts.
  36. A CUA representative from the CUA Mutual Good Community Grant Program may visit the project site, before and throughout the funding period, at times as agreed between both parties.
  37. The Grantee shall not do or say anything or cause anyone to do or say anything that may prejudice or cause damage to the brand and reputation of CUA.
  38. Throughout the document the reference to “CUA”, refers to “organisation”, “you” and “your” refers to the participating organisations while reference to “The Grantee/s” refers to the successful organisation project.
  39. These Terms & Conditions are to be read together with the Eligibility, Selection Criteria and Guidelines document before applications are submitted. They will all form the terms of the agreement for the grant.
  40. During the term of the grant, the Grantee undertakes not to accept funding from or promote a Competitor of CUA for the same project. Competitor of CUA includes any other bank or financial institutions / credit unions / building societies.
  41. The Grantee must take out and maintain adequate insurance (including public liability insurance) for any claims for loss or damage to property and injury or death to persons for the activities carried out by the Grantee in relation to their project. CUA will not be deemed responsible in any case.
  42. If the CUA Mutual Good Community Grant Program is interfered with in any way or is not capable of being conducted as reasonably anticipated due to any reason beyond the reasonable control of CUA, CUA reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to the fullest extent permitted by law (a) to disqualify any Entrant; or (b) to modify, suspend, terminate or cancel the program, as appropriate.
  43. Except for any liability that cannot be excluded by law, CUA (including its officers, employees and agents) exclude all liability (including negligence), for any personal injury; or any loss or damage (including loss of opportunity); whether direct, indirect, special or consequential, arising in any way out of the Program, including, but not limited to, where arising out of the following: (a) any technical difficulties or equipment malfunction (whether or not under CUA’s control); and (b) any theft, unauthorised access or third party interference.