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Westpac Foundation Community Grants to help 30,000 Australians in need


17 September, 2018


  • 200 Community Grants awarded to local not-for-profit organisations.
  • An estimated 30,000 Australians in need will be supported.
  • Each grant valued at $10,000, also includes support from Westpac employee volunteers.


Today, Westpac Foundation awarded $2 million in Community Grants to 200 not-for-profit organisations making a difference in their local communities. Through the projects funded, it is estimated that the grants will touch the lives of approximately 30,000 Australians around the country.


2018 Westpac Foundation Community Grant recipient, batyr Australia, is a preventative mental health organisation working to ‘smash the stigma’ surrounding mental health and empower young people to reach out for support.


Head of Partnerships for batyr, Jono Peatfield said, “This is the second year in a row we’ve received a community grant from Westpac Foundation. We’re thrilled as the grant will fund workshops to train and empower more young speakers to share their mental health story with other young people who may be going through something similar.”


“This model of sharing stories amongst peers has proven impact – 74% of students who participated last year said they felt more likely to seek help if they needed it as a result of the program, and 92% felt it was important to share and hear real stories about mental health from other young people. With the help of the Westpac Foundation Community Grant, each new batyr speaker we train has the potential to reach over 1,000 additional young people,” continued Mr Peatfield.


Westpac Foundation CEO, Susan Bannigan said, “What I think makes the Westpac Foundation program so special is that as well as funding projects, we also match every grant recipient with a passionate Westpac employee to act as an ambassador, with the potential to form a much closer and deeper relationship. By acting as an ambassador, Westpac employees are able to provide personalised support and share their skills, resources and networks with the organisation to help in ways beyond the monetary grant.”


A great example of this is Nick Lillywhite in the Westpac Group Technology team. “Nick has been a valuable volunteer for batyr for many years and has encouraged many of his colleagues to volunteer their time and skills with us as well. This ability to tap into and connect with more passionate supporters for our cause is tremendously valuable to us,” continued Mr Peatfield.


Since 2012, Westpac Foundation Community Grants have provided $7.6 million to 779 community organisations nationally. Like batyr, almost half of the 200 organisations awarded this year are organisations we have funded previously, helping to build a deeper and more impactful relationship. batyr was also recently named as one of Westpac’s 200 Businesses of Tomorrow.


For more information on the Westpac Foundation 200 Community Grants program and this year’s recipients, please visit


For Further Information

Elena Eckhardt

0423 121 365

Stamie Jasenec

0434 910 036



Westpac Foundation is a charitable organisation with a legacy that dates back 138 years. In 1879 Thomas Buckland, the President of the Bank of New South Wales (which became Westpac), established The Buckland Fund to help families of deceased bank employees who found themselves in financial hardship. The fund commenced with Mr Buckland's initial donation of £1,000, a bonus he received for services to the bank.


Today, Westpac Foundation continues to support social enterprises and local community organisations taking a fresh approach to addressing complex social problems, borrowing the best from business and the social sector to create more opportunity for Australia’s most disadvantaged. While being independent, Westpac Foundation considers Westpac Group to be its greatest supporter.


Since 1999, Westpac Foundation has granted more than $37 million to more than 690 not-for-profit organisations helping to create a fairer, more inclusive Australia for those who are experiencing disadvantage.



Through our Community Grants program, we:

  • Partner with smaller community organisations that require a funding boost and are often not big enough to generate significant fundraising income of their own.
  • Fund organisations that demonstrate they can improve the lives of Australia’s most disadvantaged, helping to create opportunities that aim to break the cycle of social exclusion and poverty.
  • Offer all grant recipients non-financial support, including but not limited to being offered a Westpac Foundation Ambassador.



  • 1,007 nominations were submitted during the nominate/apply phase throughout May 2018.
  • It is estimated that 30,000 people will be supported in the community as a result of the 200 grants.
  • Almost 50% of the 200 Community Grant recipients have been funded previously by Westpac Foundation.
  • 81% of nominations were supported by a Westpac employee.



  • ACT - 3
  • NSW - 61
  • NT - 5
  • QLD - 37
  • SA - 16
  • TAS - 5
  • VIC - 50
  • WA - 23