Australia’s largest credit union, CUA, is providing almost $200,000 in grants in the latest round of its CUA Mutual Good Community Grants Program. Funding will be awarded to local, grassroots not-for-profit organisations with big ideas for improving the quality of life of Australians.
CUA Chief of Corporate Affairs and Community Jo Kearney said the latest round of the program followed the success of the first round of grants in 2017. Eligible not-for-profit organisations are able to apply for the $10,000 grant until Friday 2 March 2018, with 19 CUA branches participating:
New South Wales:
CUA Castle Hill
CUA William Street (Melbourne CBD)
“CUA is proud to support the local community, which is why we’re investing much-needed funds back into these communities,” Ms Kearney said.
“We’re inviting eligible organisations to apply for funds to help deliver practical new or existing programs that approach social issues in a new way or where there is a gap in addressing a specific issue.”
CUA will shortlist the applications received, with a local judging panel being selected in each region to consider the shortlist and decide who receives the grant for their local area.
“We are empowering the local community to decide which local initiative they’d like to see benefit from the grant, by inviting business and community representatives from each local area to be part of the judging panel,” Ms Kearney said.
Last year, CUA awarded $70,000 in grants in the first round of its expanded grants program. The recipients included a Brisbane community radio station broadcasting news and information for the visually impaired, a mentoring program for high school students needing additional support in NSW and an upgrade to an animal shelter in Victoria.
Ms Kearney said the Mutual Good community grants are just one of the ways that CUA is giving back to members as part of its reinvigorated community strategy.
“CUA was created by members for members, so giving back to the causes and charities that matter to them is a big part of our DNA as a member-owned organisation. CUA is committed to working with our members and communities for mutual good so together, we can work to build stronger communities,” she said.
“There is a lot of great work being undertaken to tackle social issues in our community and CUA is looking forward to providing some much needed financial support to a range of projects that benefit our local communities and make a significant social impact.”
Grant applications close at 5pm AEST on Friday 2 March 2018. To apply or to find out more, including eligibility criteria, visit www.cua.com.au/mutualgoodgrants