Want to make a positive impact in your community?
We’re here to help. Apply for sponsorship funding today.
Striving to make a difference in your local community but need a financial leg-up?
As our giving shows, we’re strong believers in supporting local communities.
Not only do we give in the places we work, we also want to help groups — including registered organisations, small community groups, not-for-profits and government bodies — throughout Australia in their efforts to build happy and healthy neighbourhoods.
If your organisation is eligible, you can apply for a Budget Direct sponsorship of $1,000, $2,500, or $5,000.
This one-off cash donation can be spent as your organisation sees fit.
Who can apply?
We support organisations who:
- provide local or statewide community services
- run community awareness and education programs
- promote health and wellbeing (e.g. sports clubs)
- advocate for road safety
- provide emergency services
- support in need or at-risk Australians
- help build strong, vibrant communities.
Please note that we are unable to sponsor:
- sports teams
- bodies or activities that don’t reflect our core values
- religious, political or lobby groups
- organisations linked to contentious issues.
When can I apply?
Each year there are four rounds of sponsorship funding:
|Round||Applications open||Applications close|
|1||1 July 2021||30 September 2021|
|2||1 October 2021||31 December 2021|
|3||1 January 2022||31 March 2022|
|4||1 April 2022||30 June 2022|
Applications are assessed only after the closing date. In other words, if you apply early in the funding round, it could be three months or more before your application is assessed. And assessments can take up to two months. Please keep this in mind if your sponsorship application is time-sensitive.
We’ll assess your application against our criteria, including how your initiative will help create a happier and healthier community.
If your application is successful, we'll contact you.
Due to the volume of applications, unsuccessful applicants won’t be notified.
To apply for sponsorship, please use the form below.
Only applications submitted using this form will be accepted (i.e. we will not accept applications in other formats, such as PDF, Word document, and email).
If you're having technical difficulties submitting your application online or would like to ask us a question about our sponsorships, please email [email protected].
Please do not email us your sponsorship application (it will be disregarded.)
Frequently asked questions
Can I send my sponsorship application in a PDF, Word Document or email?
How long does it take Budget Direct to assess sponsorship applications?
We start assessing applications at the end of each three-month funding round. It can take up to two months for us to complete the assessments and contact the successful applicants.
How will I know whether my organisation’s application has been successful?
We’ll contact you. Unfortunately, due to the high volume of applications, unsuccessful applicants are not notified.
Can I reapply for sponsorship if my organisation’s application is unsuccessful the first time?
Yes — if your original application is unsuccessful, you’re welcome to re-apply in a new funding round. You’ll need to resubmit an application using the online form above.
How do I get paid sponsorship funding?
Successful applicants will be asked to send us a tax invoice. We’ll then deposit the relevant amount into their nominated bank account.
Does the sponsorship funding include GST?
No – the sponsorship funding does not include GST.
What is the difference between a 'sports club' and 'sports team'?
We define a 'sports club' by the role/impact it has on the community (e.g. fundraising activities, charity events etc.). In most instances a 'sports club' has an acting president or a treasury responsible for this.
In contrast, we define a 'sports team' as a group in isolation of a club. For example, playing netball with your friends on a Wednesday night at your local indoor sports centre.