Sixteen not-for-profit groups received a share of almost $19,000 from the Avoca District Co-operative Limited’s Community Investment Fund at a special presentation event held in Avoca on July 5th 2016.
As the managing company for the Avoca Community Bank® Branch, the Maryborough Branch & the St Arnaud Agency of the Bendigo Bank, the Co-operative donates a portion of its profits back to the community and since its inception in 1999, it has provided almost $1 million dollars to very worthy groups, events and programs.
Its latest grant round has funded projects to the value of $18,931.00 with the recipients coming from community groups located in Avoca, Maryborough, St Arnaud and surrounds.
“We were overwhelmed with the response to our Community Investment Program and it was really great to see so many fantastic applications submitted” said Donna Wardlaw, Chair of the Avoca District Co-operative Ltd Marketing & Sponsorship Committee.
“Being able to invest part of our profits back into our local communities is what makes our bank stand out from the rest and we are really excited to be able to fund a wide range of projects that will have a lasting impact for the people in our towns.” Donna added.
The following groups received funding through the Community Investment Fund:
Natte Yallock Cricket Club for new cricket nets and training pitch
Avoca Primary School for an outdoor classroom area
Pyrenees Community Food Pantry for an 18 session cooking program for primary school aged children
Avoca Opportunity Shop in partnership with the Avoca Men’s Shed for new bookshelves & display cupboards
St Arnaud Junior Football Club for helmets for all their junior football teams
Friends of Queen Mary Gardens for new lighting throughout the gardens
St Arnaud Tennis Club to attract a professional tennis coach to improve junior participation numbers
St Arnaud Children’s Precinct to upgrade their outdoor play space and garden
St Arnaud Primary School to complete their school bus upgrade
Colts Phelans Cricket Club for equipment for the Milo cricket program
Talbot Football Netball Club as seed funding to apply for further grants to help replace their football boundary fence
Carisbrook Football Netball Club for a youth engagement program called Out Side The Locker Room
Maryborough Blue Light to run the BLAST camp program for at-risk youth
Landsborough District Community Newspaper to print 400 colour copies of the 100th edition newspaper
“We will open another grants round in October this year, so we encourage all community and not-for-profit groups to consider a project and submit an application so that they may also benefit from our local investment program.” Donna said.
“Our banking products and services rival any bank in the country and we encourage everyone to bank with us so that we can be a part of something bigger and give back to the communities we serve.”
Drop in and see the friendly staff at the Avoca Community Bank® Branch, the Maryborough Branch & the St Arnaud Agency for all your banking needs.
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