Positive Benefits for the Whole Community

Community Grants

Pine Rivers Community Finance Limited (PRCF) operating the Community Bank Samford and Brendale branches is proud to distribute the majority of its profits each year to address local issues and influence positive change in the community.

Grants are available to eligible Not for Profit customer organisations and projects that benefit the wider community focusing on families, youth, health, education, the environment, the arts and much more.

To date, our biggest projects include our #Bendigo4life projects, such as the Defibrillator project and our Defensive Driving project. Not to mention the hundreds of smaller community groups we help along the way.

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Funding Principles

Charitable and not-for-profit organisations can apply for a grant towards projects and activities that offer clear public benefit for our community: Contributing to their development in building social capital, community welfare, environmental, health, education, sporting or cultural areas. 

Grants are open year-round, so you can apply at any time.

To be eligible for a grant:

  • It must be for a not-for-profit purpose.
  • Should have an ABN.
  • Funding is generally limited to $5K per organisation, though larger joint ventures may be considered at times please email to arrange a preliminary conversation prior to completing an application.  
  • Must have a connection with the Brendale or Samford region.
  • Applications must be received to benefit a recognised group (not an individual member of the community).
  • Must have an account & should demonstrate a willingness to engage in a long-term relationship with the Community Bank Samford and Brendale – part of Bendigo Bank Ltd.
  • Must demonstrate a willingness to promote the Community Bank Samford and Brendale – part of Bendigo Bank Ltd to their membership/stakeholders (a recommended promotional kit will be provided to successful applicants).

How to Apply

There are two ways to apply depending on the amount you are seeking: Applications for Amounts Under $500 and Applications for Granst over $500.

You can apply any time throughout the year but applications are only reviewed periodically  – so please start the process as early as you can.

Applications Under $500: 

Complete the Online Expression Of Interest Form

Expression of interest can be submitted at any time throughout the year and will be assessed at the next Community Engagement Committee Meeting and a recommendation made to Board. Please remember his process can take 8-10 weeks from submission.

Applications Over $500:

Complete a Full Application Via Our Community Enterprise Foundation Portal

Sponsorship/Grants applications are invited throughout the year by completing the application process through the Community Enterprise Foundation.

Need More Information?

Not sure if your project meets our criteria or simply want more information?

Those organisations requiring further information are encouraged to reach out for further information to or at either branch: 

Community Bank Brendale, Shop 4,18-22 Kremzow Rd, Brendale Qld 4500. P: 07 3881 0720

Community Bank Samford, Shop 3, 37 Main St | Samford Qld 4520. P: 07 3289 6710

When completing the application form, please ensure all questions are answered. If you are not sure what something means or need a little extra help, get in touch!

All successful applications are approved by the Board of Directors at their discretion.