The first community goal is running since the last update. I wonder whether I'll earn credits or "just" reputation if I - in this case - deliver metals to the new to-be-built station. Anyone?
The award for a community goal is credits, plus a discount (depends on the goal, but this can be outfitting, or on ships etc).
So, for the community goal to build a station, it got to tier 4, and I was in the top 40%. This meant I got 50,000Cr bonus (on top of the good price for selling metals to the station anyway), and a discount for a limited time on ships and outfitting. Unfortunately, there wasn't much I needed that was available at the station for outfitting, or ships higher than my current T7, so I made no use of this.
No doubt the awards will change depending on the goal, but ultimately you get a bonus on top of the money you make on trading, exploring or combat (depending on the type of community goal you do).
So far the commuity goals have been
- build a station (trade metals)
- fight in a war zone for the federation (combat)
- help expand cartographies (exploration)