Volunteer, not-for-profit and community groups are invited to apply for IMB Bank Community Foundation funding in 2019.
The foundation has donated up to $500,000 to community groups every year for the last 19 years and has decided to increase the funding for the 20th year.
During the last two decades IMB Bank has provided much-needed funds to small community groups such as schools, sporting, charity and volunteer organisations as well as larger bodies such as Lions Clubs, Rotary, Vision Australia, Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute, Scouts Australia, the SES, St Johns Ambulance and Royal Life Saving Australia.
IMB Bank chief executive Robert Ryan encouraged all community groups, not-for-profit organisations and charities of all sizes to consider applying.
“Next year’s projects will bring our total funding amount to $10 million,” Mr Ryan said.
“To date, we have supported nearly 700 projects and we are very proud to have seen first-hand the direct benefits these projects have provided to their local area”.
“We want to hear from people or groups with an idea to support their community, whether they are new projects in need of seed funding, or projects already in operation that are looking to expand.”
Mr Ryan said over the years projects have ranged from the establishment of recycling programs and Men’s Sheds, through to public walkways, school gardens, youth driver training, mental health first aid training and increased security for victims of domestic violence.
“We know many incredible groups across the Illawarra region are working hard to improve their communities and the people living in them,” he said.
“Sometimes, all that’s needed to turn a great idea into a tangible benefit is the funding. It all starts with an application. So, if someone has a great idea and vision for their community it’s important to apply for funding. Together we can make our communities better for everyone.”
“The dedication of so many in our communities who give their time freely to improve the lives of others is inspiring. Throughout our 20th year, the IMB Bank Community Foundation will honour, recognise and remember some stand out projects and people. In the meantime, we encourage people with ideas that aim to build and strengthen their communities to apply for funding in what will be a very big year for the IMB Bank Community Foundation.”