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Aurizon donates $250,000 to University of Queensland to fast-track development of COVID-19 vaccine

Community Giving Fund Round now closed

Thank you to all the charities who applied to our recent funding round. Outcomes from that round will be announced In June 2020.

Community Giving Fund Eligibility

Am I eligible for a grant?

  • Non-profit organisations that hold an approved deductible gift recipient (DGR) status charity (Item 1) from the Australian Tax Office. If you are unsure of your organisation’s tax status, check with your financial advisor and the Australian Government’s ABN Lookup website.
  • The Aurizon Community Giving Fund is focused on the broad areas of health and wellbeing, community safety, the environment and education. All applications for an Aurizon Community Giving Fund grant must fit within at least one of these funding categories to be eligible for consideration.
  • Cash grants are only available for projects that affect the immediate areas in which Aurizon operates. View our areas of operation on the map below.

Community stories

Community Event, Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health, Muswellbrook

"The funds received from Aurizon enabled the CRRMH to organise and provide a free community family event within the Hunter Valley region, giving farmers, business owners, and all those impacted by the drought an opportunity to connect, laugh, and relax.”

Fence Repair, BlazeAid, Cloncurry

“Aurizon's grant to BlazeAid ensured that several volunteer-led camps were established to rebuild fence lines and any other structures that had been devasted or destroyed diring recent flooding events. The camps were in Richmond, Julia Creek, and Winton."

Theatre in Education, Constable Care Child Safety Foundation, Kalgoorlie

“Through a 12-week theatre program students worked through real-life scenarios to learn to understand and resolve issues concerning healthy relationships, bullying prevention, drug and alcohol use and mental health awareness.”

Previous Community Giving Fund recipients

In 2019 we were pleased to announce the recipients of our latest round of Community Giving Fund Grants will provide much needed funds to 22 local charities and not-for-profit groups before Christmas. Our grants will assist a range local initiatives from across our operations and support programs ranging from support services for our youth, rural fire brigade services and Indigenous youth education programs. We have now funded over 390 initiatives since 2011 and are proud to continue to support organisations and projects across our communities.

You can see the full list of recipients here.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • The community organisation must be a registered Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) Item 1 endorsed by the Australian Tax Office. All successful applications will be validated to ensure this criterion is met prior to the grant being released.

    If your community organisation does not have DGR Item 1 status, your organisation is not eligible to apply for the Aurizon Community Giving Fund grant.

    If you are unsure of your organisation’s tax status, check with your financial advisor and the Australian Government’s ABN Lookup website
  • The Aurizon Community Giving Fund grants program is structured to make grants directly to DGR Item 1 organisations. Whilst auspice arrangements will be considered, we prefer to make grants directly to the respective charities.
  • No, you must check on each occasion. We have been notified that there have been significant changes to these organisations internal policies associated with these types of arrangements.
  • Aurizon’s Community Giving Fund is focused on the broad areas of Health and Wellbeing, Environment, Community Safety and Education. All applications must fit within at least one of these funding categories to be eligible for consideration.

    Health & Wellbeing
    We seek to provide grants to initiatives that improve a community’s health and wellbeing, such as healthy lifestyle programs, mental health support, cardiovascular health related projects – particularly if they specifically support women, Indigenous groups or the LGBTIQ community.

    Community Safety
    We seek to support initiatives that increase safety and security in our local communities, such as emergency response, domestic and family violence, natural disaster prevention/minimisation measures, accident prevention and road safety - particularly if they specifically support women, Indigenous groups or the LGBTIQ community.

    We seek to provide support in areas such as literacy and numeracy, life education, apprenticeships and traineeships, and in particular, increasing and retaining skills in regional areas.

    We seek to support initiatives that promote environmental enhancement in the communities through which we operate. Focused on issues such as improving biodiversity of natural habitats, community conservation and environmental education. Examples of initiatives we would look at supporting include, land rehabilitation and revegetation programs, clean-up and education days as well as local conservation projects.
  • No, all geographical areas are equally considered, however we encourage all applicants to check Aurizon’s areas of operation to ensure your project is located appropriately.
  • The Aurizon Community Giving Fund cash grants will be based on a minimum of AUD$1,000 and a maximum of AUD$20,000.
  • You can submit separate applications for different projects in any one round provided the applications meet the necessary eligibility criteria and Terms and Conditions.
  • Only online application forms are available. If you start an application and need to stop to search for the requested information, you can save your application and go back at any time before the closing date to complete it.

    Similarly, the Criteria and Guidelines and Terms and Conditions document is only available online.
  • Firstly, you should check your Junk folder. Depending on your Inbox setting, the email is sometimes recognised as junk mail and is sent to the Junk folder.

    If it is not there, please contact the Aurizon Community Giving Fund team at

  • The online application link closes at 5pm AEDT on the closing date. If you miss this deadline, you will have to make your submission in the next round.
  • You will be notified as to the outcome of your application as soon as a decision is made. We ask that you refrain from contacting the Aurizon Community Giving Fund during the processing period.

    Correspondence regarding your submitted application will be sent from Please ensure you add this email address to your safe senders list.
  • If that occurs, as per the Aurizon Community Giving Fund Terms and Conditions, you must inform the Aurizon Community Giving Fund team immediately at
  • We are very fortunate to receive an extraordinary number of worthy applications. However, as you can appreciate we are unable to support all projects. Given the number of applications we receive, unfortunately we are not in a position to provide individual application feedback.
  • As long the school building fund has DGR Item 1 status and the project meets the requirements to be funded through the building fund, an application can be submitted.
  • Some community organisations may be eligible to apply under this type of arrangement. You must first check with the auspice organisation. It is important to note that any successful grants will need to be deposited into the bank account of the DGR Item 1 auspice organisation.
  • Grants from the Aurizon Community Giving Fund can only be made to organisations with DGR Item 1 status. This is a legal-taxation requirement of the Fund. Unfortunately, organisations with Item 2 status cannot be considered.
  • Aurizon is a national organisation with concentrated operations within the following areas:
    • North Queensland
    • Central Queensland
    • South East Queensland
    • Newcastle, Hunter Valley
    • Wollongong, Illawarra
    • WA, Perth
    • WA, Geraldton
    • WA, Kalgoorlie

    Grants will only be available for not-for-profits projects that affect the immediate areas in which Aurizon operates although the administrative centre of the applying organisation may be located outside of the stated areas of operation.
  • Please simply select one of the locations (the location with the largest focus if that may be the case) and clearly outline within the remainder of the application the other locations the project affects.
  • Yes, you can.
  • Applications to the Aurizon Community Giving Fund can only be made online.
  • Your application will autosave as you work through your submission.

    Click on the ‘Submission’ button at the top of your application, then hit the ‘Email Link’ button in the submission page. An email with a unique link to your application will be sent to the email address that you provided in your application. You can click on the link to go back into your application any time before the closing date to complete.
  • There is no facility for attaching documents to the application. If we require more information to review the application, we will contact you.
  • After the application closing time, depending on whether further research is required or we need more information, our process for determining successful or unsuccessful applications may take up to an eight-week review period.
  • It is possible that the granted amount may vary from the original application request.

    If that occurs and your proposed project is unable to proceed with the reduced grant, you can choose to withdraw your application.
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Delivering for our local communities

Over the past eight years, the Aurizon Community Giving Fund has helped a diverse range of organisations across Australia deliver projects that make our local communities better places to live in.

Together, we make a difference where it matters most, supporting over 390 projects through charities and community groups.

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