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We established The IMB Bank Community Foundation in 1999 to help build and strengthen our local communities.

As a mutual bank, supporting our local communities is important to us. We believe in supporting projects that foster inclusion, encourage volunteering and create sustainable outcomes, enabling the communities around us to thrive.

Over the last 20 years, The IMB Bank Community Foundation has invested over $10 million to support over 700 community projects. We’re very proud of the projects we’ve supported and each year we marvel at the wonderful achievements of our funding recipients.

This year we celebrate 20 years of The IMB Bank Community Foundation with another outstanding group of funding recipients. We are pleased to announce the following recipients at our Canberra, Wollongong and Wanda Beach launches.

These diverse and meaningful grassroots programs are found wherever IMB Bank operates - Sydney, The Hunter, The Illawarra, Southern Highlands and Far South Coast NSW.

Stay tuned over the coming months as check in on their progress and success. 

2019 Australian Capital Territory Recipients

  • Aboriginal Literacy Foundation, Southern NSW Indigenous Tutorial Program
  • Canberra Model Railway Club, Youth Mastering Digital Technology
  • Canberra PCYC, Street Support
  • Giralang/Kaleen Men’s Shed, First Aid Officers
  • Girls on Bikes ACT
  • Lions Club of Strzelecki, Cows Create Careers
  • Merimbula-Imlay Historical Society, Bird Banner
  • Milton Ulladulla Youth Driver Education Program
  • My Coaching My Future
  • Neighbourhood Watch Australasia, Building Social Cohesion
  • Pambula Wetlands and Heritage Project
  • Queanbeyan Girl Guides, High Ropes For Girl Guides
  • Rotary Club of Goulburn, U Turn the Wheel
  • St John Ambulance Australia (ACT), Patient Transport at Events

2019 IMB Shire Community Foundation Recipients

  • Australian Kookaburra Kids Foundation, Psycho-education resources for kids
  • Bundeena Mens Shed, Public Access Defibrillator
  • Cancer Patients Foundation, Look Good Feel Better
  • Engadine Rural Fire Brigade, Securing the Station
  • Heathcote Headquarters Rural Fire Brigade – Portable Radio
  • Little Blue Dinosaur Foundation, It's Holiday Time-Slow Down Kids Around
  • Minerva SSP School, Minerva School
  • Older Women's Network NSW, Wellness Activities for Older Women
  • Project Youth Incorporated, Café Y
  • Sandy Point Rural Fire Brigade, PPC Lockers and Laundry
  • SCAD Research, SCAD Resource Kits
  • Sylvanvale Foundation, Stander for Children with Disability
  • The Shire Bands, New Horizons Community Band
  • The Trustee for Top Blokes Foundation, Stepping Up Program – Shire Roll Out

2019 Illawarra, South Coast, Southern Highlands, Sydney And Hunter Region Recipients

  • Albion Park Youth and Community Care, Free Before School Brekky Club
  • Bowral Men's Shed, Bowral Men's Shed Drill Press
  • CareSouth, CareSouth Health Hub
  • Crossroads Rural Fire Brigade, Crossroads Volunteer Additional Firefighting Equipment
  • Educaid Australia, Mental Health First Aid Course
  • Family Services Illawarra, Securing Women and Children’s Safety
  • Farmborough Heights Rural Fire Brigade, Thermal Imaging Camera
  • Headspace, Dual Peer Mentoring Program
  • Illawarra Flame Tree Project, The Flame Tree Project
  • Illawarra Multicultural Services, IMS Swim Instructor Training Project
  • Kind Hearts Illawarra, Kind Hearts Illawarra Outreach
  • Liverpool Women's Health Centre, Women's Clinic Upgrade
  • MKUD Makedonski Biseri, Traditional Uniforms
  • Mt Brown Public School P&C Association, Musical Sensory Playground
  • Older Women's Network NSW, Let's Loosen Up and Laugh
  • Our Community Place, Community Food Share
  • OzGreen, Youth Leading the World
  • Port Kembla Youth Project, PK Leap
  • Rotary Club of Camden, How to help a Mate!
  • Rotary Club of Kiama, Kiama High Mental Health Intervention
  • Rotary Club of Moss Vale, U Turn the Wheel
  • Rotary Club of West Wollongong, Rotary Youth Driver Awareness Illawarra
  • Rotary Club of Gerringong Sunrise, Dancing for People with Dementia
  • Royal Far West, Healthy Kids Bus Stop
  • SCARF, Let's LEAD
  • St John Ambulance Australia NSW, First Aid in Schools
  • Surfair Motor Sports Club, Teensafe Safe Driver Training
  • Sustainable Agriculture and Gardening Eurobodalla
  • Sydney Children's Hospitals Foundation, Engaging Cardiac Kids Through Play
  • Thirroul Surf Life Saving Club, Thirroul ATV Replacement
  • Tomerong School of Arts, Tomerong School of Arts Accessible Toilet
  • Trustee of Top Blokes Foundation, Stepping Up Mentoring – Expansion
  • Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute, Heart Health Check Tour
  • Volunteering Wingecarribee, Teeniors
  • Wollondilly Macarthur Mountain Bike Club, Australian Botanic Garden Mountain Bike Trail Restoration
  • Wollongong Emergency Family Housing, Our Place
  • Wollongong West Street Centre, Solid Ground

Community Heroes

We’ve had the privilege to work with a number of amazing community volunteers over the past 20 years -  people whose tireless efforts to support others and persistence to deliver meaningful project outcomes have made a profound difference.  

In the foundation’s 20th year, we are delighted to recognise 20 IMB Bank Community Foundation heroes – their remarkable effort and achievements. We are proud to have worked with each of you and thank you for allowing us to be part of your journey.

IMB Community Foundation

  • Ian Radford - Rotary Club of Goulburn
  • Jeff Thompson – LEAD Development
  • Dean & Annette Turner – Crossing Land Education Centre
  • Jackie Rousseau – Royal Life Saving Australia
  • Sally O’Neill – Goulburn Regional Art Gallery
  • Jayne Baric - Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute
  • Ann-Marie Balliana - Football South Coast
  • Glen Moore - Science Space
  • Melissa Abu-Gazaleh - Top Blokes Foundation
  • Rima Elhage - NSW Police Force Wollongong Police District
  • Janet Andrews - Wollongong Conservatorium of Music
  • Sandra Pires - Why Documentaries
  • Rebecca Whitford - Youth Solutions
  • Jess Moore - Community Resources
  • Danielle Woolage - CareSouth
  • Kathryn Maxwell - SAGE
  • Trevor Phillis - Rotary Club of Kiama 

IMB Shire Community Foundation

  • Don Rothni – Menai Men's Shed
  • Louise Farroway – Project Youth Incorporated
  • Nicole Jervis – Cancer Patients Foundation


In the coming months we will be profiling each of these community heroes. Follow us on Facebook or visit imb.com.au to read profiles as they are released.

Spotlight Projects

We’ve had the privilege to work with a number of amazing community volunteers over the past 20 years - people whose tireless efforts to support others and persistence to deliver meaningful project outcomes have made a profound difference.

In the Foundation’s 20th year, we are delighted to recognise these Community Heroes, their remarkable effort and achievements. We are proud to have worked with each of you and thank you for allowing us to be part of your journey.

IMB Community Foundation

  • Better Climate, Better Environment – Clean Energy for Eternity

  • IMB Bicycle Emergency Response Team (BERT) – St John Ambulance Australia (ACT)

  • Treehouse Kids Sensory Gym – Queanbeyan Children’s Special Needs Group

  • Cows Create Careers – Lions Club of Strzelecki

  • Dunn & Lewis Youth Entertainment – Dunn & Lewis Youth Foundation

  • School & Community Outreach Program - the Science Space

  • Childhood Music Education - the Wollongong Conservatorium of Music

  • Water Safety Awareness Project - SCARF Incorporated

  • "The Good Mood Guide" on Email - Lifeline South Coast (NSW)

  • The IMB Education Wing - Australia's Museum of Flight (HARS)

  • Shoalhaven CD and DVD Recycling Project - Flagstaff Group Limited

  • Veggies for Everyone - Sustainable Agriculture and Gardening Eurobodalla

  • Establish Men's Shed - Wingecarribee Health Assoc for Men

  • P.A.R.T.Y Program - Liverpool

  • MediSim: Trauma Care Training - CareFlight

  • Various Projects – PCYC

  • Maintaining Safety for Disabled Surfing - Disabled Surfers Association of Australia

  • Securing Women & Children's Safety - Family Services Illawarra

IMB Shire Community Foundation

  • The Flexible Furniture Project – Endeavour SKWAD


Discover these wonderful projects over the coming months as we profile each of these great projects on Facebook or visit imb.com.au