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FirstRand Foundation

Physical Address Physical Address
Block B
Metropolitan Office Park
8 Hillside Road
Parktown
Johannesburg
FNB Fund
88 Stella Street
Sandown Mews West
Sandton
Postal Address Postal Address
Private Bag X125
Braamfontein
Johannesburg
2017
P.O. Box 1153
Johannesburg
2000
Tel: Tel:
+27 11 544 0300 +27 11 263 5263
Email: Email:
fnbfund@fnb.co.za or
firstrandfoundation@tsi.org.za
firstrandfoundation@tsi.org.za
Fax:
+27 11 252 8646

For more information on the application process log on to www.tshikululu.org.za (administrators of the FirstRand Foundation)

Education


From foundation phase to tertiary education, our comprehensive investment in education enables the youth of South Africa to realise their potential and to be equipped to be able to contribute towards the economic development of their country.

Tertiary Bursary Programme


The Fund has identified a pressing need for greater access to tertiary education among financially deserving students who show strong academic potential. The Fund has therefore partnered with reputable bursary service providers to offer access to education, as well as providing extensive mentorship and support to the students.

The bursary programme focuses on the provision of funds for students studying commerce and science degrees. There is no work-back or pay-back condition on the bursaries; these funds are a pure investment by FNB towards developing future leaders.

It provides both full and partial bursaries open to any South African citizen wishing to study a full-time undergraduate degree at recognised universities around the country. Preference is given to financially disadvantaged students with academic potential.

Students need to contact the bursary service providers directly for more information on how to apply.

Bursary service providers

Bursary service providers


Bursary Service Providers Focus Closing Dates Website Contact number
African Scholars Fund Further Education and Training Colleges 15 September each year www.asf.org.za 021 689-9094
Rural Education Access Programme Commerce, Science and Engineering 30 June each year www.reap.org.za 021 696-5500
SAICA Thuthuka Bursary Fund Accounting Only 30 June each year www.saica.co.za 08610 72422
South African Actuary Development Programme Actuarial Science Only 31 August each year www.saadp.co.za 011 642-2202
Study Trust Commerce, Science and Engineering 31 August each year www.studytrust.org.za 011 726-5604
Tertiary School in Business Administration Bachelor of Business Administration 30 September each year www.tsiba.org.za 021 532-2750

Primary Education Programme


The Primary Education Programme only begun in 2013. The move into the primary education space was informed by the desire to fill the gap in education investment within the FirstRand Foundation education investment.

The programme focuses on teacher training, school management development and addressing barriers to learning such as disability, nutrition, poverty. Twenty Schools in Kwa-Zulu Natal and a further twenty in the Free State province are currently being supported by the FNB fund.

Early childhood development


The FNB Fund recognises the link between an environment that facilitates the holistic development of children and growing healthy citizens. For this reason, the Fund is investing in increasing access to early childhood development (ECD) sites and in strengthening and building capacity within the ECD sector.

Reputable non-governmental ECD organisations are partnered with to train ECD practitioners and increase the skills base in the sector. The Fund also facilitates knowledge sharing and skills transfer within the sector.

Hospice


The FNB Fund Hospice Programme was established in 2006 following much research in the area of HIV/AIDS and the available support structures in the healthcare sector.

The FNB Fund supports best practice and sustainable local level hospices across the country in order to promote an improved quality of life and to restore the dignity to people infected and affected by the HIV/AIDS pandemic and other life-threatening diseases.

Community care


The FNB Fund aims to promote safer communities, support victims of gender-based violence and protect vulnerable children. The Fund partners with reputable non-profit organisations in the fields of crime prevention, prevention of violence against women and child welfare.

Young offender rehabilitation, the empowerment of victims of gender-based violence and holistic care and support for abused, orphaned and neglected children are some of the initiatives supported.

The Fund is consistently aware of the development landscape and targets its strategies to align with national objectives. In line with this, it is currently mainstreaming disability across its programmes. It is also focusing on three other cross-cutting areas namely knowledge sharing, capacity building and partnerships. There is also a strong focus on monitoring and evaluation in order to assess impact and inform the current and future strategies. The FNB Fund seeks to support good and best practice models, and encourage innovation.

Sithuthukile Trust


The Sithuthukile Trust works to provide training to rural and farm-based ECD practitioners in Mpumalanga. It supports this activity by providing community-based services to children, including attention to health, nutrition, physical and social development, and education. For more information, email sithu@isat.co.za

Training and Resources in Early Education (TREE)


TREE trains approximately 3 000 people annually, impacting the educational potential of up to 80,000 people. The impact of the training conducted by TREE goes beyond education; women are empowered and communities transformed through targeting not only ECD practitioners, but also local communities, principals and most importantly parent committees.

A further goal of TREE is to ensure that ECD sites have suitable educational toys and equipment to run stimulating educational programmes for their children.

South Coast Hospice


South Coast Hospice was established in 1983. The Hospice began its years caring for cancer patients; however their focus has in recent years shifted to try to alleviate suffering from HIV/AIDS.

The Hospice offers nursing care, an in-patient unit and, psycho-spiritual and social support. Their social support services include bereavement counselling, poverty alleviation and peer support.

The organisation has established an outstanding reputation for providing relief to the terminally ill and is regarded as a best practice hospice.

Childline South Africa


Childline South Africa is a non-governmental with a national reach. It reaches approximately 1 120 000 direct beneficiaries each year. The organisation offers supportive and holistic programmes in the interest of child welfare. The programmes offered include a national toll free crisis line which deals with cases of child abuse, neglect, HIV/AIDS, suicides, family problems and teenage sexuality to name a few; educational programmes in schools and community groups designed at preventing child abuse and promoting early intervention; court preparation and safe house care for children. Childline SA also provides input on laws and policies relating to children.

National Institute for Crime Prevention and Reintegration of Offender (NICRO)


NICRO was established in 1910, with a vision of reducing and preventing crime. NICRO is committed to help create a safer South Africa by adopting an alternative approach to sentencing and providing a comprehensive crime reduction and prevention service.

NICRO's community care programmes such as the Offender Re-integration and Diversion aim to reintegrate young offenders into their communities, lead them to accept responsibility for their behaviour, reduce the rate of re-offending and empower individuals to become contributing citizens.

For more information on the work of the FNB Fund and the FirstRand Foundation log on to www.firstrandfoundation.org.za

Our approach


Serving the community

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.

A major element in achieving the goal of helping to create a better world is the work of the FNB Fund. The FNB Fund is a significant part of the FirstRand Foundation, which has a sixteen-years history of giving to the community. The Foundation focuses on the development and empowerment of the broader community through partnerships with best practice non-profit organisations nationwide.

A programmatic approach to giving was introduced in 2007 to streamline the Foundation's focus areas. This approach has resulted in more well thought-out and meaningful giving as attention is directed to identified strategic focus areas. The new approach will ensure that we make a greater impact on our focus areas.

 

Focus areas


Education

Our investment enables the youth to realise their potential.

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Early childhood development (ECD)

The holistic development of children and healthy citizens.

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Tertiary Bursary Programme

The Fund has identified a pressing need for greater access to tertiary education.

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Hospice

Supports best practice and sustainable local development.

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Primary Education

Focus on teacher training and barriers to learning.

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Community care

The FNB Fund aims to promote safer communities and protect vulnerable children.

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Some of our projects


Sithuthukile Trust

Training to rural and farm-based ECD practitioners in Mpumalanga

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Training and Resources in Early Education (TREE)

Women are empowered and communities transformed

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South Coast Hospice

Nursing care, and psycho-spiritual and social support

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Childline South Africa

Supportive and holistic programmes in the interest of child welfare

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National Institute for Crime Prevention and Reintegration of Offender (NICRO)

Committed to help create a safer South Africa

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