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Community and social enterprise

We have a long history of supporting grass roots community organisations and social enterprises.

Grants and scholarships

Our foundations offer a range of grants and scholarships for social enterprises, community organisations and individuals helping to build a stronger, more inclusive Australia.
 

Natural Disaster Recovery Grants

We offer grants to support the recovery and long-term resilience of communities. This includes partnering with the Foundation for Regional and Rural Renewal (FRRR) to provide grants to local community organisations to assist with the medium and long-term needs of communities impacted by natural disasters.

 

Financial solutions and support

We offer a range of products and services to support community organisations and social enterprises.
 

  • Social sector organisations can access our tailored banking services.
  • Westpac’s Davidson Institute provides free financial education on a range of money management topics for individuals, businesses, not-for-profit organisations and community groups.
  • Microfinance loans can be sourced from our partners – Many Rivers and Thrive. Each partner delivers bespoke initiatives to support aspiring business owners who are otherwise unable to access mainstream financial services.
  • Social enterprises can find opportunities as a supplier to Westpac through our Supplier Diversity and Inclusion program.
  • If a Westpac Group customer in your community is experiencing financial difficulty our Westpac Assist team can help. As part of our longstanding partnership with The Salvation Army, you can also refer them to the Salvation Army’s Moneycare service which provides free and confidential financial counselling or their financial skill-building You’re the Boss program to learn money management information, skills and know-how.

Indigenous community organisations

We have many initiatives to partner with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community organisations to help build stronger, more prosperous communities.

Employee giving and volunteering

Matching Gifts is one of our company’s best-loved community programs, where we match employee donations dollar for dollar to Australian charities that have registered tax-deductible status. To be eligible to participate in the Matching Gifts program, register your charity with Good2Give.
 

We also actively encourage our people to volunteer their time and skills to support the local community organisations and causes they are most passionate about.

Sponsorship requests

Our social impact assessment tool and sponsorship guidelines can help you work out whether your organisation may attract community investment from Westpac.

Our community partnerships

We have built strong partnerships with organisations helping to build stronger, more inclusive communities.
 

We also have a number of community sponsorship partnerships, including the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter Service.