Community Link 2018


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About Community Link
Community Link CIMB Foundation’s flagship programme has just celebrated its 10th year in 2017. Community Link has continuously and consistently supported various community based programme over 10 years, implementing 800 projects directly benefiting over 600,000 people. It has been a wonderful journey for us at CIMB Foundation. Community Link now aspires to be more creative, innovative and impactful in contributing to the needs of the community.

Community Link Programme has served as a platform for CIMB Group employees to work with local NGOs and community leaders to give back to the communities they serve in.

Join us to bring Community Link’s aspirations to your community! Anyone can propose a Community Link project to CIMB Foundation. 

  • The grant amount is RM45,000 per application. 
  • The project period should not be more than 12 months.
7 Project Clusters
Community Link 2018 support covers 7 clusters for community programmes in Malaysia. Your project application for Community Link grant must be inline with the 7 clusters. All clusters is aligned to Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
  • 1. Capacity Building
    • Community Link supports skills or vocational training for underserved communities. Our objective is to provide occupational skills training to increase productivity or employability of the underserved communities and be financially independent.    
    • The target groups:    
    i. At Risk Youths    
    ii. Underserved Women or Single Mothers   
    iii. Disabled Communities   
    • Grants available to upgrade an existing programme or to create a new programme.
  • 2. Active Lifestyle
    • Community Link wants to promote healthy lifestyle amongst the community. Many Malaysian do not practice health lifestyle today with chronic illness on the rise amongst the younger generation. 
    • Grants available for community based health sessions, sports clinics or community sports competition.
  • 3. Healthcare
    • Community Link wants to create a healthier nation through medical programmes for underserved communities or communities who have no access to medical care. A healthier nation is a more productive nation. 
    • Grants available for health screenings, cataract operations or eye screening programmes for the underserved communities.
  • 4. Education
    • Community Link supports additional non academic educational programmes for school children and youths. Our objective is to provide additional learning opportunities to improve the competency level of school children and youths in today’s ultra competitive environment. 
    • Grants available for English and ICT literacy programmes.
  • 5. Environment
    • Community Link supports programme to improve the environment. Our objective is to engage our local community to understand and to care for their environment and to make a difference. 
    • Grants available for:
        • Environment clean up programmes, waste management or tree planting activities.
        • Clean water programmes and renewable energy projects.
  • 6. Culture and Heritage
    • Community Link supports cultural preservation programmes which preserves, documents and promote our living and built heritage through. As we progress to a developed status nation, it is very important we do not loose our identity and culture.
    • Grants available for cultural education and cultural preservation programmes.
  • 7. Welfare
    • Community Link provides financial resources to improve the quality of life in public children's homes or old folks homes. Our objective is to improve the quality of life at public homes. 
    • Grants available to refurbish and reequipping homes to improve the quality of life for the patients or clients. We can include educational support for children’s homes.
  • 1. What Does CIMB Foundation Support?

    CIMB Foundation supports the development and empowerment of communities. The Foundation is committed to improving the quality of life and promoting sustainable development. The Foundation by itself, and its strategic partnerships, responds to the needs and opportunities in these 3 focus areas:

    Community Development
    Community Development, via Community Link, encompasses projects which create opportunities and build capacity of communities by providing them with the necessary resources to improve their quality of life and promote sustainable development. It encourages communities to work together to identify and solve problems, cultivate socially valuable relationships and support leadership development. There are 7 main clusters of projects under Community Link – capacity building, active lifestyle, healthcare, education, environment, culture & heritage and welfare.
    One of the main aims of our sports pillar is to develop sports at grassroots level. The Foundation supports sports development activities with particular attention to nurturing young talent by providing opportunities, financial support and programmes for the development of young athletes.
    Education programmes are those that provide community-based learning opportunities as well as facilitate access to knowledge and learning. The Foundation also provides opportunities for talented youth at national and regional levels through scholarships, youth events and support of the PINTAR programme.
  • 2. Who Can Apply?
    The Foundation supports registered charities, non-profit organisations and community leaders that are committed to improving the lives of communities. There are 7 main clusters for Community Link projects - capacity building, active lifestyle, healthcare, education, environment, culture and heritage and welfare.
  • 3. Where do I submit my Grant Inquiry Form?
    Submit via email to or to the nearest CIMB Bank Branch Manager.
  • 4. When can I apply?
    We are accepting Community Link Challenge 2018 applications from now until 31 August 2018.
  • 5. How long will it take to receive the grant once approved?
    Projects will be approved 1 month after submission deadline. If all supporting documents are complete and accurate, grant letter will be issued within 2 weeks of project approval.
  • 6. How are grant decisions made?
    All grant applications are first reviewed by the Foundation's Working Committee when received and are forwarded to the Foundation’s Board of Trustees for final approval.
  • 7. How long should the duration of my project be?
    Any duration up to 12 months.
  • 8. How much will the grant cover?
    The grant amount is up to RM40,000 per application.
  • 9. Are there any restrictions?
    The Foundation does not support industry associations, unions and political organisations. The Foundation’s funds may not be used to:
    • Satisfy previous committed expenses 
    • Fund lobbying activities 
    • Cover ongoing expenses, administrative expenses and staff salaries 
    • Initiate fundraising activities 
  • 10. If approved, what are the supporting documents required?
    No. Supporting Documents
    Grant Inquiry Form detailing the following

    • Quotations
    • CV of Project Administrators / Trainers (where applicable)
    • Other pertinent information
    • Photos of project site
    1 Company NGO University School
    Certificare of Incorporation Certificate of Registration Waived
    2 Company NGO University School
    Memorandum and Articles Rules and Constitution Constitution of the university Waived
    3 Company NGO University School
    Form 49 List of Office Bearers
    4 CIMB Bank or CIMB Islamic account number
    5 Latest Bank Statement
    6 Latest Audited Accounts
  • 11. What does CIMB Foundation need from me once the project is underway?
    We will require your budget and project timeline tracking report ensuring that the desired outcome will be achieved. Grant recipients are required to submit a complete progress report including the expenditure accounts at the end of the grant period.
  • 12. If I am not successful, can I reapply?
    We do not reconsider project applications that have been denied funding. However, you are welcome to submit new grant applications for new ideas or projects.
  • 13. How do I contact you?
    For further enquiries, contact us at any of these numbers:
    Eugene – 03-22618858
    Fairuz – 03-22618856
    Indah – 03-22618861
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