Deadline today for community funds pot

Time is running out for volunteer and not-for-profit organisations to apply for a share of up to $500,000 in IMB Community Foundation grants for 2014.

Today is the closing date for submissions.

Chairman Lynton Nicholas said it didn’t matter how big or small community organisations were to apply for funding.

Mr Nicholas said last year IMB Community Foundation pledged more than $500,000 to 52 broad-ranging community projects in need of support.

They included local organisations and not-for-profit groups.

Since the first round of funding in 2000 the foundation has handed out more than $6.6 million to support nearly 400 community projects throughout the Illawarra, South Coast, Southern Highlands, ACT and Sydney areas.

Last year the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute’s Health Check Booth was one such sustainable project benefiting many local communities.

During the last two years it helped more than 1000 people through free testing of blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels.

Mr Nicholas said they were the major risk factors for cardiovascular disease, which killed more Australians each year than any other disease.

Applications for funding can be made online at imb.com.au/communityfoundation.

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