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  How do I apply for funding for our proposed project?
You will need to complete the online application form.
  What is the maximum amount of funds we can request?

There is no fixed maximum or minimum amount of funding that can be requested. However, consideration is given to the fixed amount of funding available for distribution each year.

While most applications received range between $1,000 and $30,000, favourable consideration has been given to larger amounts where the proposed project has outstanding merit and impact.

In addition, preference will be given to projects that demonstrate a high degree of self-help, either in the form of the applicant’s own efforts and work already undertaken, or in the form of actual physical or financial resources already committed to the project.

  Can we apply for funds for more than one project?
Yes, if you believe both projects meet the Foundation’s Objectives and Criteria. A separate online application would be required for each project.
  Can the closing date for applications be extended?
Unfortunately, no.
  Will we receive a reply after lodging our application?
When you submit your application you will receive a lodgement number, please retain that number as no other notification of receipt is issued.
  What communications can I expect to receive from IMB Community Foundation about my Application?

A member of the ICF Committee may contact you to obtain any additional information required to assess your application. Following that, the first written communications will be via email to the unsuccessful applicants. At the same time, short-listed applicants will be advised of their project status, followed soon after by phone calls and emails relating to arranging visits and phone interviews.

After the committee has satisfied itself regarding all assessment matters, it will meet and make final recommendations to the IMB Board of Directors. Immediately following Board approvals, both successful and unsuccessful applicants will receive advice by email.

In addition, the successful applicant will receive a formal Funding Agreement for completion and return. See the Timeline for an overview of each phase of the process.

  What else should I know about the assessment process?
Most shortlisted applicants will receive a visit from IMB and/or Foundation representatives to further discuss your proposed project.
  What is the shortlisting process? 
Points are awarded to each project application by the Assessment Committee during the assessment process. The shortlist consists of those applications that scored above a number that is determined by the funds available. Not all projects that are initially shortlisted will receive funding, a final decision on projects to receive funding is decided after project visits.
  How will we find out if we are shortlisted or not?
You will receive an email from the IMB Community Foundation to the email address provided by you on your online application form.
  Can I save my application form as I complete it?
The online application form may be saved during the course of completing the form and easily retrieved at a later date. When saving the form, a reference/file number will be produced; please note and store this reference number.
  Can I print my application form?
For your reference, applicants will be able to print a copy of your completed application form. Please note that printed forms do not need to be posted back to the IMB Community Foundation.
  If my project is successful how would I receive the money?

Your organisation will be required to have a current bank account with IMB in order to receive your funds. Extenuating circumstances may be discussed.

You should consider the Product Disclosure Statement available from IMB before making a decision about IMB products and facilities. Target Market Determinations, available here.

  How do I make further enquiries on any aspect of the application and assessment processes?
Submit enquiries via the online enquiry form or email:
  Can you tell us more about the project "types" as referred to in the Application form?

The following “types” are listed in the Guide to complete the form:

  • Cultural - i.e. music, art theatre, movies, literature, etc…
  • Economic activity - not-for-profit businesses; must not be directly commercial-for-profit.
  • Environmental - positive community benefits, sustainable outcomes.
  • Heritage and history - i.e. preservation, conservation, etc…


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Helping build and strengthen our local communities since 1999

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.

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

Previous funding recipients

Farmborough Heights Rural Fire Brigade

A thermal imaging camera will enable The Farmborough Heights Rural Fire Brigade’s volunteer members to fully interpret a fire scene providing accurate situational awareness both day and night. It will also assist 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. Members will be trained in first aid to support shed members if 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 will allow 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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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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