We Love Our Community

A vital part of the Canberra Southern Cross Club’s ethos is contributing to our community. Every year we provide support to over 350 local community groups, schools, and charities, providing over $1.5 million in support.

Our goal is to demonstrate our commitment through the support of local events and activities that benefit the Canberra community as a whole.  Community Giving has been a major part of what we do since our establishment in 1972.

We have 5 key programs through which we supply cash, food, and services in kind to
our community:



Our Community Giving Programs are reviewed annually (other than the 3 year Community Key Partner Program) by the Club’s Community and Membership committee through a formal application process, with each applicant required to provide their mission statement, key objectives, purpose and intended use of the funding.

All of the Club’s programs have clear guidelines regarding community purpose contributions and these are made available below. Our program guidelines state all successful applications must use funds in accordance with the provisions in the Gaming Machine Act 2004 (ACT) and the Gaming Machine Regulations 2004 (ACT) as amended and in force from time to time.

In addition, applications contain questions that enable the Club to form an opinion as to whether the funds are a community purpose contribution. This process allows the Club to assess each individual application and the intended positive impact the funding will have on the Canberra community.

Watch our short videos to see some of the ways we support our community

Woden Youth Centre, a youth engagement and outreach service for South Canberra, Woden and Weston Creek regions.
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Find out more about each of these programs below and how you can become involved.

Community Rewards

The Community Rewards Program lets you nominate a Community Group participating in the program, then we calculate the equivalent of 7.5% of the member’s spend on food and beverages at our Woden, Tuggeranong, Jamison and Yacht Club to be donated to that group. Donating up to a $20,000 per group cap, funds are calculated monthly and distributed quarterly. View the list of groups.

Community Rewards Guidelines  //  Applications have now closed for 2021/2022. 


Community Key Partner

Our Community Key Partner (CKP) is the focus of our giving program for a three year term, receiving up to $50,000 comprising of $20,000 cash, up to $20,000 in Community Rewards sponsorship and $10,000 in kind support per annum.

Applicants must be not-for-profit organisations whose welfare and charitable work supports the people in Canberra and the surrounding districts.

Community Key Partner Guidelines  // Applications have closed for the 2021/2022 financial year.

Grants 2021/2022

For the 2021/2022 financial year, the Canberra Southern Cross Club is welcoming applications for a combined grants program which reaches across our traditional Community Grants, Community Welfare and Community Sports Programs. Funding of between $200 to $5,000 will be made available to successful applicants.

Grants 2021/2022 Guidelines // Applications have closed for the 2021/2022 financial year.


Community Grants

The Community Grants Program provides funding of between $200 and $2,500 and is available to not-for-profit organisations whose welfare and charitable work supports people in Canberra and the surrounding districts. The aim of grants support is to provide assistance to local community-based organisations which make a valuable contribution to Canberra and its region.

Community Grants Guidelines


Community Welfare

The Community Welfare Program provides in kind assistance to local community based organisations whose welfare and charitable work support those in need and makes a valuable contribution to Canberra and its region.

Community Welfare Guidelines


Community Sports

The Community Sports Program provides financial and in-kind assistance to sports affiliated with the Club, and to other local community based sports organisations.

Community Sports Guidelines