LOCAL volunteer, not-for-profit, and community groups have until February 28 to apply for a share of $700,000 funding through the IMB Bank Community Foundation (ICF).
The ICF has donated up to $500,000 to community groups every year for the past 19 years.
It has increased the available funding this year, bringing the total provided by ICF to more than $10 million over 20 years.
ICF has allocated funds to small community groups including schools, sporting, charity and volunteer organisations, plus larger bodies including Lions and Rotary clubs, Vision Australia, Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute, Scouts Australia, the SES, St Johns Ambulance, and Royal Life Saving Australia.
"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,” IMB Bank CEO Robert Ryan said.
“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.”
Among the projects funded by ICF are recycling programs and Men’s Sheds, 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 our target regions are working hard to improve their communities and the people living in them. Sometimes, all that’s needed to turn a great idea into a tangible benefit is the funding,” Mr Ryan said.
Visit imb.com.au/communityfoundations to apply before February 28.