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Community Enterprise Foundation

Welcome to our new home.


You’re probably wondering why you’ve landed here on the Bendigo Bank website.

You’ve reached this page because you either searched for Community Enterprise Foundation, or followed a Community Enterprise Foundation link. Community Enterprise Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Bendigo Bank and we welcome you all to our new web pages.

Here you’ll find out more about the impact we make in communities across Australia through our grants, appeals and scholarships.

You can make a difference by:

  • Donating to a cause;
  • Apply for a grant on behalf of a community organisation; or
  • Find out more about our leading scholarship programs.

Community Enterprise Foundation is part of the Bendigo Bank family. Helping communities thrive is at the heart of what we do, and we invite you to get involved.

Bringing together people who care about their communities

At Community Enterprise Foundation we're all about helping communities with grants and community focused appeals.

Communities and not-for-profit organisations are supported in raising and distributing tax-effective donations. We're committed to providing you with the expertise, tools, and resources to respond to current and future needs.

We recognise that the real hero in your community is you. And we, along with our trustee Sandhurst Trustees, are honoured to play a supporting role. 

We have walked alongside you, as one, to help you achieve your community outcomes.

Community grants

We facilitate a wide range of grants to assist eligible charities and not-for-profit organisations across Australia invest their profits back into local communities.


Each year we award scholarships to community-minded students. You need to be studying at an Australian university, or TAFE campus for the first time.


We're proud to share our 2023 Yearbook. It highlights stories and reflections on our work to help build capable and resilient communities.

Community stories

Building capable and resilient communities

Read our stories of impact and collaboration with communities across Australia.

Community appeals

Empowering local communities, organisations, and their supporters to raise funds to make great things happen.

Disaster appeals

Donations to our disaster appeals go towards funding long term support for those communities and people affected.

Contact us

If you have a query that is relatively straightforward, simply complete our online form.

Things you should know

The Community Enterprise Foundation (CEF) is proud to facilitate the work of a wide range of very generous donors. However, all funding distributed by the trusts concerned is at the discretion of the trustee – Sandhurst Trustees Limited whilst at all times taking into account donor wishes and advice. All grants and scholarships are made from the relevant trust administered by CEF on behalf of Sandhurst Trustees Limited, as trustee. Sandhurst Trustees Limited ABN 16 004 030 737 a subsidiary of Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Limited ABN 11 068 049 178.

Grants and appeals outlined are administered by CEF and allocated from the following trusts:
Community Enterprise Foundation (DGR) ABN 69 694 230 518
Community Enterprise Charitable Fund (TCC) ABN 12 102 649 968
Community Enterprise Foundation Disaster Relief Fund ABN 71 589 381 152

Bendigo and Adelaide Bank acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the First Peoples of this nation and the Traditional Custodians of the land where we live, learn and work. We pay our respects to Elders past and present as it is their knowledge and experience that holds the key to the success of future generations.

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