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IMB Bank Community Foundation in 2020

In 2020, IMB Bank turns 140 years young, and the IMB Bank Community Foundation comes of age, celebrating our 21st year. Since 1999, the IMB Bank Community Foundation (ICF) has provided over $10-million to more than 700 community projects run by charities and not-for-profit groups.

These projects are grassroots and diverse, making meaningful positive changes in our communities. The ICF is committed to supporting the future of our local communities and the people in them.


Applications now open for 2020 funding

Applications close February 28, 2020

We are very proud to announce that applications for the 2020 round of IMB Bank Community Foundation grants are now open.

The IMB Bank Community Foundation would love to hear from you If you are part of a community group or not-for-profit that is:

  • Improving the lives of others
  • Helping those in danger
  • Making our communities more sustainable, more prosperous – better places to live
  • Giving independence to the vulnerable
  • Keeping our kids safe
  • Teaching us how to be better to one other, and
  • Building a brighter future

Apply today

How to apply

1. Review the objectives

Review the Community Foundation objectives – the more we can understand how your project meets the ICF objectives the better.

2. Review your eligibility

Review the Criteria & Constraints to ensure your project is eligible for funding.

3. Complete the application

Complete the online application and submit it before 5pm on Friday 28 February 2020. Don’t forget to download the Sample Application Form for reference.

4. Funding process

If your application is successful, your organisation will be required to have a current bank account with IMB for the purpose of direct transfer of funds. Accounts may be opened at any IMB branch.

Apply today

Featured project: The Shire New Horizons Band

The New Horizons Community Band brings people together through the power of music. Featuring five ensembles comprised of adults who are either learning to play or returning to music, New Horizons rehearses weekly in the Sutherland Brass Band Hall and provides free concerts for the Sutherland Shire community. The ICF grant in 2019 has provided for regular performances in nursing homes in the Shire and larger concerts at local venues, all free-of-charge to the facilities and attendees.

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Previous funding recipients

Farmborough Heights Rural Fire Brigade

A thermal imaging camera has enabled The Farmborough Heights Rural Fire Brigade’s volunteer members to fully interpret a fire scene providing accurate situational awareness both day and night. It also assists in search-and-rescue operations at any time and in any light conditions.

Giralang/Kaleen Men's Shed

The Giralang/Kaleen Men's Shed offers all men access to a range of activities including a woodworking workshop, garden, physical activity such as walking, and social interaction. The ICF grant has provided members with first aid training to support shed members when needed.

Girl Guides Association of NSW

Building on a century of adventure, fun and friendship, Girl Guides empowers girls and young women to grow into confident, self-respecting, responsible community members. The project allows Girl Guides to offer abseiling, high ropes and rock-climbing experiences in the local region providing opportunities for the girls to grow, learn and have fun in the outdoors.

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Established in 1880, IMB has been helping people achieve their financial goals for 139 years. IMB offers a full range of banking solutions including home and personal lending, savings and transaction accounts, term deposits, business banking, financial planning and can arrange a wide range of insurance and travel products.

IMB has a growing branch network throughout the Illawarra, Sydney, NSW South Coast, the ACT and Melbourne. We have a lending specialist in every branch and a team of mobile lending specialists who will come to you. IMB members enjoy access to free automated phone and internet banking and a team of professionals who are just a phone call away at our locally based call centre.

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