First National Bank Fund

In line with the vision of being a great business helping to create a better world, First National Bank (FNB) views its role within the country as going way beyond that of a major player in the business environment. A big focus for many years has been on adopting initiatives that will make South Africa a better place for all – this is the work of the FNB Fund.

The FNB Fund supports the following four programmes:

Early Childhood Development Programme

Funding guidelines

Applications for the FNB ECD Programme are currently closed.  Please note that the current cycle will be for three years and therefore a new strategy and next call for proposals will only take place in 2017.

Application and reporting deadlines

All current partners must report on their grant using the official reporting form. Please check your grant letter for the deadline of your report.

FNB Early Childhood Development Programme Fund reporting form

Hospice Programme

Funding guidelines

In understanding that the hospice sector in South Africa seeks to promote quality in life, dignity in death and support in bereavement for all living with a life-threatening illness, the FNB Fund provides support to this sector so that it is able to remain relevant, responsive and resilient.

The FNB Fund provides modest Care Support grants and Training grants to select hospices around the country, with a bias towards those hospices that are active in rural areas or whose host communities face an exceptionally high incidence of life-threatening conditions. The Fund also provides support to the Hospice Palliative Care Association to help strengthen the capacity of the sector as a whole.

Application and reporting deadlines

Applications for this third cycle of three-year funding support (July 2012 – June 2015) are now closed.

All grants must be reported on annually, using the reporting form below.

The FNB Fund Hospice Programme annual reporting period runs from 1 July – 30 June, with annual reports due by 31 August for each year of the grant.

You no longer need to send an updated FNB Fund Hospice Programme Performance Indicator table with your report, as the required M&E data will be pulled from the HDMS directly.

Please check your grant letter for any specific reporting conditions applicable to your grant.

FNB Hospice Programme reporting form

Primary Education Programme

Increased awareness as to the importance of interventions at Primary School level led to the inception of a Primary Education Programme. Forty primary schools in four districts – Umlazi and uMgungundlovu in KwaZulu-Natal and Fezile Dabi and Lejweleputswa in Free State - have been identified as partner schools in the programme and will benefit from interventions funded by the FNB Fund.

Within each of these schools, and in partnership with the education district offices, interventions are being implemented focusing on school leadership, barriers to teaching and learning and teacher support. The ultimate objectives of the programme are as follows:

  • To provide a solid educational foundation for learners
  • To improve the learning outcomes of students in selected schools
  • To engage community members in the life of the schools and the learners therein
  • To equip principals and school teams with the tools necessary to effectively manage curriculum delivery
  • To ensure that barriers to learning are addressed
  • To enhance the pedagogical and content knowledge of teachers in order that they are able to impart the curriculum to their learners in an effective way

FNB Primary Education reporting form

Tertiary Bursary Programme

Funding guidelines

This programme provides both full and partial bursaries and is administered by specialist bursary service providers.

We are currently open for applications from potential service providers to administer bursaries and student support in universities.

Interested candidates should contact the bursary service providers directly and must satisfy the service provider’s criteria in terms of financial need and academic potential.

Organisations are invited to apply to administer corporate social investment bursaries for tertiary study, on behalf of the Fund, for the period 2017 – end 2019.  The purpose of the programme is to provide access to high-quality tertiary education and the support needed to graduate for 250 academically capable and financially disadvantaged students each year.

Application and reporting deadlines

The closing dates for submissions is 15 July 2016.

FNB Fund Tertiary Bursary Programme application details