Funding for community projects up for grabs

February 14, 2017 by  

Community projects in Caringbah, and throughout the Sutherland Shire will benefit from a series of funding grants to be allocated by the IMB Bank.

As part of ‘The Shire … Local Banking’ merger in 2016, IMB Bank pledged an annual investment of $100,000 for the next three years to assist local projects.

IMB Bank CEO Robert Ryan said that since the year 2000, the IMB Bank Community Foundation has supported 550 projects throughout its network of business areas and donated in excess of $8.1m.

He said 27 of the projects were based in Sutherland Shire where IMB has branches in Cronulla and Sylvania.

Signs for the bank’s fast growing network of outlets are popping up across the Sydney metropolitan area where it currently operates 10 branches.

Ryan said many worthwhile projects have already benefitted from the company’s sponsorship including the Cronulla Tradies Surf Masters and the Cronulla Spring Festival.

He said while many great projects in Sutherland Shire had already received support, he was confident there is still a strong contingent of projects that could benefit from additional funding.

Primarily, he said, IMB is seeking projects that will be of great benefit to members of the community and that will, in the longer term, become self-sustainable.

Ryan urged anyone with a startup community project idea or an existing service wishing to expand to apply for a grant.

The deadline to apply for one of the grants is February 24.