Press Release

QBE Foundation opens applications for a selection of $40,000 local grants

The QBE Foundation has today opened applications for its annual local grants program, offering charities and community organisations working in both climate resilience and inclusion, the opportunity to receive a $40,000 grant.

Grants of $40,000 each will be provided to high impact community initiatives operating in Australia that support community organisations.

Chris Esson, QBE Foundation Co-Chair, highlighted that the grants are an important way for QBE to support charities who are working to make a difference in areas of need.

“At QBE we have witnessed the benefits brought about by previous grant recipients and eagerly anticipate the opportunity to drive even more positive change through this year's program.

“We believe that promoting climate resilience and fostering inclusivity are fundamental to our mission of promoting a stronger future. It's truly rewarding to be able to assist community organisations that share our values.”

Deadly Coders, a community-managed not-for-profit and one of eleven recipients of last year’s grants, has been on a mission to ignite learning and career pathways in STEM for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary and secondary schools across Australia.

Grant Maher, CEO of Deadly Coders, said, “Deadly Coders overcomes barriers that prevent Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from completing their education, entering the workforce, and reaching their full potential and life prospects.

The 2023 $40,000 inclusion grant is enabling Deadly Coders to run a series of STEM workshops for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. Collaborating with indigenous experts who provide mentorship, Deadly Coders are providing a hands-on and engaging curriculum.

“Indigenous perspectives can also bring unique insights to scientific research and technological innovation,” says Maher.

“Economically, a diverse STEM workforce is essential for Australia’s competitiveness on the global stage. STEM industries are rapidly evolving, and innovation often comes from diverse teams with varied perspectives, which is why we believed this application was so important and a worthy winner. We are so grateful to the QBE Foundation for also seeing its worth and supporting us with this grant.”

The QBE Foundation will be accepting applications across the following categories:

For eligibility criteria and how to apply, please visit the QBE Foundation webpage.

Applications will be accepted from 3 June to 3 July 2024 (9am AEST), with the recipients to be announced later this year, subject to change.

About the QBE Foundation

The Australia Pacific QBE Foundation is committed to creating strong, resilient, and inclusive communities across Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific. We work in partnership with community organisations, with a focus on both climate resilience and inclusion – two areas where we believe we can have the greatest impact.

Find out more information on our QBE Foundation webpage.

For more information:

Alyssia El Gawly
External Communications Specialist
QBE Australia
+61 481 234 346