National Bushfire Appeal provides $2 million to assist young people in fire impacted regions

26 Aug 2020

Community Enterprise Foundation (CEF) - the Bank’s charitable arm - has provided $2 million of its National Bushfire Disaster Appeal fund to The Salvation Army, to establish a new Youth Education and Workplace Pathways Grants program for young people (aged 15-25) in bushfire affected communities across Australia.

The Salvation Army has also generously matched the funding provided by CEF from the National Bushfire Disaster Appeal, by injecting up to $2 million of its own funds into the delivery of the new Grants program nationwide.

The Youth Education and Workplace Pathways Grants program will focus on assisting young people in fire impacted communities by awarding $3,000 cash grants to support their educational development and further their workplace aspirations.

Eligible recipients who meet the grant criteria can use the grants to cover:

- Out of pocket expenses for Government Courses, TAFE Programs, transition courses or other identified educational programs

- The purchase of study related or employment related materials such as laptops, books or tools

- Transport costs to and from employment, the purchase of safety equipment for courses, or personal needs for improving employment interview presentation.

Visit Bendigo Bank and The Salvation Army Education and Workplace Pathways Grants for more information.

To apply for a grant or for further information, please call our bushfire disaster team on 1300 662 217 or email

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