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Australia Pacific QBE Foundation local grants are a way for us to provide meaningful support for community initiatives addressing specific areas of need.

We have reinvented our Australian local grants program in 2021 and now invite like-minded Australian charities to apply directly to us to be considered for a grant of up to AUD $25,000.

Charities who meet our eligibility criteria can apply for a grant in one of the following three categories.

You will need to select one category only. Please do not submit multiple applications for the same project or initiative across different categories.


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Climate action

Initiatives that help communities reduce their climate impact, prepare for the impacts of climate change or respond to climate-related disasters. This could include supporting education or taking action on climate adaptation and mitigation measures, helping communities become more resilient to climate impacts, or other mitigation, adaptation, conservation or impact reduction initiatives.

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Diversity, equality and inclusion

Initiatives that advocate for greater equality and inclusion for all members of our community. Programs or initiatives could seek to help people connect, support or advocate for inclusion, provide education or mentoring, as examples. These initiatives may operate in areas such as mental health, gender equality, family domestic violence, disability, LGBTIQ+ inclusion and reconciliation outcomes.

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Financial inclusion and resilience

Initiatives that focus on building financial literacy and resilience. This could include educational programs focusing on anything from general literacy to understanding of risk management, the development of tools and resources for people working with financially vulnerable people, programs to offer flexible and affordable financial products, or initiatives helping people to get back on their feet after a disaster.


People planting a tree in a parkQBE Employee Choice

This category is for QBE employees based in Australia to apply for a local grant in collaboration with a charity they’re involved with. Applications for this category must be working to address areas of need relating to the 17 United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.


Eligibility for a QBE Foundation local grant is based on the conditions below. Please take note and ensure your application meets all criteria before applying.

Charity eligibility

To be eligible for a QBE Foundation local grant, the organisation:

  • Must be a registered ‘not-for-profit’ (or non-profit) with the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profit Commission (ACNC)
  • Must have Australian Tax Office endorsement of DGR 1 or 2 status
  • Must not be affiliated with a political party or union, or take an overtly political stance in the focus of their work
  • May have a religious basis, but any program or initiative supported by QBE must not incorporate religious teaching into the delivery of the program or initiative
  • Must be based in Australia, although initiatives working in Australia, New Zealand or the Pacific will be considered.

Please note: Current QBE Foundation charity partners are not eligible to apply. 

Application suitability and alignment

Only applications working to address issues in our local grant categories will be considered. You will need to clearly demonstrate the relevance of your initiative to the category, so please consider this before applying.

You can only apply once per project or initiative. Please do not submit multiple applications for the same project or initiative across different categories.

QBE Foundation local grants are intended for high impact community initiatives. Requests for funding for “business as usual” activities will be considered less favourably than specific initiatives.

We understand that some initiatives require support from multiple funders. If this is the case, please outline clearly in your application where other funding is coming from and how you plan to report on the QBE Foundation portion of the total funding.

The organisation must be based in Australia, although initiatives working in Australia, New Zealand or the Pacific will be considered

The Australia Pacific QBE Foundation works across Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, French Polynesia, New Caledonia and Fiji. While this grant program is primarily Australia-based, and therefore requires that the charitable organisation be based in Australia, we will accept applications seeking to make a positive impact in any of these countries.

Unfortunately, feedback on individual applications or reasons why your organisation was not provided with a grant cannot be provided. If an application does not meet initial eligibility criteria for any reason, we are not able to contact you before applications close. Please take the time to ensure you only submit an application if you meet all the conditions listed above.

It is in the discretion of Australia Pacific QBE Foundation whether to make a grant to your organisation and to determine the value of that grant.

A minimum of three grants per category of up to $25,000 per grant will be awarded.

Applications can be made for a minimum of AUD$15,000 per grant and a maximum of $25,000. Please note that it is in the discretion of Australia Pacific QBE Foundation whether to make a grant to your organisation and to determine the value of that grant.

Please submit your completed application form via email to foundationgrants@qbe.com before midday AEST on Monday 7 June 2021.

Download the grant application form here

All applications must be submitted via email to foundationgrants@qbe.com. Grant applications must be fully completed and attached to an email. Incomplete applications, or applications via any other means will not be accepted.

Key dates

3 May 2021: Applications open

Midday AEST Monday 7 June 2021: Applications close

August 2021: Grant winners decided

August - September 2021: Applicants notified of successful or unsuccessful nature of their application

September 2021: Local grants paid

Australia Pacific QBE Foundation local grants will go through multiple rounds of assessment:

The QBE Foundation Committee and QBE subject matter experts in each category will undertake an initial assessment, ensuring applicants meet QBE’s eligibility criteria before assessing applications on factors such as:

  • Eligibility of the charity
  • Reputation of the charity and ability to deliver on the project
  • Ability to show planned use of funds
  • Ability to measure and report on outcomes of the initiative
  • Expected outcome and impact of the initiative
  • Long term impacts of the initiative
  • Need for this initiative within the community
  • Alignment with QBE’s business priorities
  • Alignment with the chosen category
  • Potential for success of the initiative
  • Innovation

The QBE Foundation Committee will create a short list of applications. QBE’s Financial Crime Management team may undertake further due diligence on shortlisted applicants.

Shortlisted grant applications will be presented to Australia-based QBE employees by the QBE Foundation team. QBE employees will then vote on the winning grants.

If there are any issues with the voting (e.g. if there is a tie), the Australia Pacific QBE Foundation will make the final decision as to who to receives the grants.


Successful local grant applicants will need to provide QBE with a completed acquittal report by 30 November 2021. We will also require a further update on completion of the initiative or a progress report twelve months after the grant is awarded, whichever is sooner.

Here's an example of the date required in our acquittal report. If you believe you may not be able to provide this information, please note this in your application form.