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The IMB Bank Community Foundation turns 21

IMB Bank is committed to supporting our communities and the people in them. We strive to remain engaged and connected with our communities and we’ve found that by working together we can help add value to our communities and create better outcomes for the people living in them. We are very committed to the projects we support and have seen first-hand the difference they make to many people.

The events of 2020 so far have affected us all, and while our overall timetable for funding has been delayed, the ICF is pleased to announce funding for the following recipients. Please stay tuned for more amazing recipient projects as they are announced.


First ICF Grant Recipients for 2020 Announced

The IMB Bank Community Foundation is pleased to announce the first grant recipients for 2020 funding. Assessment of other shortlisted projects has been delayed due to COVID-19 related disruptions. Additional grant recipients will be announced here as assessments are completed.


Heart Health Check Tour
Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute Inc.

90% of Australians have at least one modifiable risk factor for heart disease. The Heart Health Check Booth provides free testing of modifiable risk factors including high blood cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes. Convenient and quick tests aim to help people understand results and take steps to better heart health.

Quick Fill Water Pump
Wolumla Rural Fire Brigade

In a fire situation quick response to water needs is of paramount importance. A quick fill pump will enable fire trucks and tankers to be quickly filled with water from rivers, creeks or dams saving lives and property in remote areas. 

Health Hub
Care South

CareSouth Health Hubs provide twice-yearly dental, optical and hearing checks, as well as speech and occupational therapy assessments for the Berkeley community, making it easier for parents and carers to access a range free health checks in one location.

The Corner Store
Para Meadows School

The Corner Store will provide Para Meadows students with an interactive shopping experience aimed at teaching money, self-help and life skills essential to assisting students to become valued and included community members of the Wollongong region. Find out more about The Corner Shop and the Para Meadows School here.

Kitchen Upgrade
North Shoalhaven Meals on Wheels

Delivering more than just a meal, the North Shoalhaven Meals on Wheels team provide a friendly support service and a chance for social inclusion. A kitchen upgrade will enable a substantial increase in the volume and variety of meals produced, providing tasty, nutritious meals to support people to remain well-nourished and remain living in their own homes. 

Paramatta Mission
Lifeline Western Sydney

One in five Australians aged 16-85 experience a mental illness in any given year, and Lifeline is there to answer the call when needed. Funding provided by the IMB Bank Community Foundation will put 10 new volunteers through a 12-month training program to bolster the number of volunteers providing support for those in need.

Community Heroes


To celebrate 20 years of supporting community projects the ICF is pleased to recognise 20 IMB Bank Community Foundation Heroes - their remarkable effort and achievements. In coming months we will profile each of these community heroes; their initiatives and the positive impact they have had within our local communities.

Read the first 12 stories here…. prepare to be inspired.

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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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Why choose us?

Established in 1880, we have been helping people achieve their financial goals for 140 years and are rated by Forbes as one of the World’s Best Banks. We offer a full range of competitive banking, including home and personal lending, savings and transaction accounts, term deposits, business banking, and can arrange financial planning, insurance and travel products.

We provide simple and secure digital banking solutions online and on mobile, and members enjoy access to free automated phone and internet banking, and a team of professionals at our locally based contact centre. With a growing branch network throughout the Illawarra, Sydney, NSW South Coast, Newcastle/Hunter, the ACT and Melbourne, we have a lending specialist in every branch and a team of mobile lending specialists who will come to you.

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