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Media Release

St.George Foundation opens funding round with grants available of up to $50,000 each

11 January 2017

St.George Foundation is calling on community organisations focused on providing brighter futures for children to apply for grant funding of up to $50,000 each, with applications now open.

Grants will be awarded to eligible Australian community organisations that work to provide a brighter future for socially, economically or physically disadvantaged children.

Since its establishment by St.George Bank in 1990, St.George Foundation has partnered with more than 800 organisations across Australia to grant more than $27 million to improve the lives of Australian children.

St.George Foundation’s last grants awarded a total of $1 million in funding to a variety of organisations, including Stella Bella Little Stars Foundation, which supports children who suffer from long term, serious illnesses.

Suzanne Tunks, Founder of Stella Bella Little Stars Foundation said, “We were overwhelmed to receive a $50,000 grant from St.George Foundation, allowing us to fund our Little Star Beads program to support seriously ill children and their families.

"The Little Star Beads program offers a silver lining to the many painful and distressing medical procedures that children with serious illnesses constantly encounter. Thanks to the funds from St.George Foundation, children in the program are able to share the story of their medical journey, whilst recognising the long and challenging path children diagnosed with a serious long term illness face."

Vanessa Barry, Head of St.George Foundation, added, “We are so proud to provide organisations like Stella Bella Little Stars Foundation with much needed funds to help improve the quality of life for children.

"From providing educational initiatives to help youth at risk, to implementing support programs to help children diagnosed with rare diseases, these are just some of the types of programs St.George Foundation supports. I encourage community organisations that focus on disadvantaged children to visit our website and consider applying for funding."

To be eligible for funding, an organisation must:

  • focus its efforts on Australian children under the age of 18 years
  • be located in NSW, ACT, QLD or WA
  • have a gross annual revenue of less than $3,000,000
  • receive less than 40% of its income from recurrent state, federal or local government funding (unless it receives an income less than $1 million per annum, in which case Government funding can exceed 40%)
  • be endorsed as a deductible gift recipient (but not another ancillary fund). Deductible Gift Recipients must be listed with the Australian Taxation Office under Item 1 of the Table in Section 30-15 of the Income Tax Assessment Act, 1936

Further eligibility and assessment criteria is available on the website.

Applications are open now until 10 February 2017. To find out more about the process and to apply, visit


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St.George Foundation contact:

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Phone: 0466 352 633