Bridges Community Program

At Bridges, we recognise that financial competency is not only an essential life skill, but also important in building strong communities.

Our program provides grants to community groups that are committed to educating and promoting the development of money management skills amongst those considered least financially literate.

A large component of our program is done in partnership with the Smith Family. Together we will educate 4,000 disadvantaged young people across Australia by financially supporting them to obtain a Certificate 1 in Financial Services.

Bridges Community Program

Teaching children and adults the importance of establishing and maintaining healthy financial habits is one of the most effective ways of ensuring a financially literate population. We are committed to providing financial support to community organisations that align with our commitment to helping people make sound financial decisions. We want to hear from organisations that have

  • the capability to deliver program(s) that are focussed on improving financial literacy to those within our community who may be disadvantaged and
  • are endorsed by the Australian Taxation Office as a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR).

We’d like to invite these organisations to apply for funding of up to $30,000 per year for up to two years, with discretion to increase this amount subject to a review of the merit of the program outcomes.

The following documents provide more information on how the program works.

If you have any questions or if there is a program you think is committed to improving financial literacy, please email community@bridges.com.au.

Bridges Community Partner – The Smith Family

We are pleased to be a national community partner for The Smith Family, with a key focus on supporting the delivery of their financial education program. The program, which allows students to gain a Certificate 1 in Financial Services, is aimed at disadvantaged children between 15 and 17 years of age.

The program equips students with financial know-how and tools to increase their confidence making financial decisions. Many of the participants come from homes where both parents are unemployed with little formal education. The program will enable them to take charge of their own money as well as their family’s.

Our involvement in this initiative aligns perfectly with our business because we exist to help people make sound financial decisions. The opportunity to provide skills to the most financially disadvantaged members of the community is a cause we are extremely passionate about. We are looking forward to seeing the positive difference this partnership can make to the community. In addition, our network of financial planners are looking forward to the opportunity to become actively involved in their local communities by participating in programs such as ‘iTrack’, an online mentoring program.

-Nathan Stanton, CEO of Bridges Financial Services

For further information on the program, please email community@bridges.com.au