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April 15, 2021

Australian Ethical Community Grants Program

Australian Ethical Investment (AEI) is a fund manager that invests solely in sustainable and socially responsible companies. In its latest altruistic endeavour, AEI has launched its Community Grants program, where over $100,000 will be made available to Australian not-for-profit organisations and community projects.

Opening on April 1st 2013 and continuing for three months, “Australian Ethical invites all charitable and benevolent organisations with current projects requiring funding to apply”.

Community grants

(Above – image from the winner of last year’s community grant, Rainforest Rescue)

Paul Smith, General Manager of Strategy and Communications for Australian Ethical, says “the Community Grants program is a great opportunity for organisations working at the forefront of sustainability, and social justice sector.” He continues, “we’ve been working with the not-for-profit sector for over a decade and we know that for many organisations obtaining funds is more challenging than it has ever been.”

Since its inception 12 years ago, the Community Grants program has been providing around 10% of AEI’s annual profit to companies, amounting to $1.3 million in grants thus far. So just who qualifies as a charitable and benevolent organisation to apply? Here’s a list of previous recipients of the Community Grants program:

The Australian Afghan Hassanian Youth Association, Bike for Humanity, Carpets for Communities, Communities @ Work, Gunawirra, Room to Read, Royal Guide Dogs, The Cancer Support Group and The Kokoda Track Foundation.

According to Smith, AEI typically offers grants to businesses positively impacting society and the environment in the fields of technology, healthcare, education and energy. However, he says AEI have extended their investment “to visionary organisations that are working towards an ethical, sustainable future.”

Last year’s Community Grants program, 2012, handed out $53, 325 to 11 organisations. The major project grant recipient, Rainforest Rescue, received $13, 325, while the remaining minor project grant recipients received $4,000 each. This year, however, AEI are handing out $100,000 worth of grants in total to ethically sound, visionary organisations.

For more information on the Australian Ethical Community Grants Program 2013, take a look at AEI’s website.


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