Community Link 2021


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About Community Link

“Community Link 2021 - Building Back Better” Is Officially Open!!

Community Link is CIMB Foundation’s flagship programme designed to bring positive impact to the community in Malaysia. Community Link has continuously and consistently supported various community base programme for over 13 years. Since inception, Community Link has implemented almost 1000 projects impacting more than 600,000 Malaysian nationwide. Through this programme CIMB Foundation continues to aspire to be creative and innovative and impactful in contributing to the needs of the community.

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted our way of life and has reduced the quality of life for many Malaysian communities. Many Malaysians are struggling to access basic necessities, healthcare, education and employment. They need our help to get back on track. You are in a good position to bring this aid to the communities in “Building Back Better”. For Community Link 2021, we want to partner with you to impact more communities with sustainable and impactful programmes.

Community Link Programme has served as a platform for employees of CIMB Group to partner with local organisations and community leaders to give back to the communities we serve in. Join us to bring Community Link’s aspiration to your community! Anyone can propose a Community Link project to CIMB Foundation.

Grant Amount: Up to RM50,000 per application.
Project Period: Project to commence in 2022 and should not exceed 12 months.
Submission Deadline: Latest by 15th November 2021

Community Link project covers 4 pillar;
i) Climate and Environment
ii) Health and Community Well-being
iii) Education
iv) Economic Empowerment

The grant application period for Community Link 2021 is now open. Just download and complete the Grant Application Form, and email your application to before 15th November 2021.
Focus Area
  • SDG 3: Good Health and Well-Being

    Community Link wants to create a healthier nation and more prductive through medical and healthy lifestyle programmes focusing on underserved communities.

    1. Healthcare
    Grants available for community based health screening, gift of vision programmes and clean water projects

    2. Active Lifestyle
    Grants available for community based health sessions, sports clinics or community sports competitions.

  • SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

    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 leading towards financial independence.

    1. Capacity Building

    The target groups:

    i) At-Risk Youths 

    ii) Underserved Women or Single Mothers

    iii) Disabled Communities

    2. Social Business
    Grants available for social organisations wanting to set up or expand a business model.

  • SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities
    Community Link provides resources to run programmes to address social, education and economic inequalities in modern society.

    1. Welfare
    Grants available to support welfare homes and community based feeding programmes.

    2. Education
    Grants available to bring technology based education and English literacy programmes to rural and urban poor school children to ensure they keep up in their pursuit for education.
  • SDG 13: Climate Action

    Community Link supports programme addressing the climate change issue which triggers extreme weather. 

    1. Environment Initiatives
    Grants available for environment rehabilitation projects eg tree planting and clean up activities.

    2. Renewable Energy (Electricity)
    Grants available to help rural communities to reduce dependency on fossil fuels for electricity. Programmes supported are solar powered and micro-hydro technologies for electricity.

  • 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 4 main Sustainable Development Goals for Community Link projects:
    1. SDG3: Good Health and Well Being
    2. SGD8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
    3. SDG10: Reduced Inequalities; and
    4. SDG13: Climate Action.
  • 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 2019 applications from now until 30 September 2019.
  • 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 RM50,000 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. 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
    Aainaa : 03-22618861
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