The Ashburton United Soccer Club (and Alamein Football Club) recently held their major annual fundraiser. The Trivia night themed ‘Back to School’ was a great success and an opportunity for the Ashburton Community BankÂ® to present sponsorship and incentive cheque payments.Â $9,500 was provided to the club in Sponsorship and Banking Rewards payments, in recognition of recent home loans taken out by club members. Â The night was a huge success with the club raising much needed funds to support the many programs they offer.Read more
The Canterbury, Surrey Hills, Ashburton and Balwyn Community BankÂ® branches offer sponsorship and grants to local organisations to facilitate their valuable activities in building and strengthening our community. Sponsorship and grants are made possible by the profit generated from banking services provided at our four branches. WeÂ promise to return 60 per cent of earnings back to the community. We support over 240 groups and organisations and have given back more than $3 million through our sponsorship and incentive payment programs.
Who can apply for Sponsorship?
We accept sponsorship applications from local organisations and clubs in the Canterbury, Ashburton, Surrey Hills and Balwyn areas. We focus on organisations that aim to improve community links:
- Community groups and organisations â€“ scout groups, traders associations, rotary clubs, probus clubs
- Community welfare organisations â€“ disability associations, neighbourhood houses and centres, parent support groups
- Schools and early childhood organisations â€“ primary schools, secondary schools, private schools, government schools, preschools, kindergartens, toy libraries
- Sporting clubs â€“ cricket clubs, football clubs, soccer clubs, netball clubs, lacrosse clubs, hockey clubs, swimming clubs.
What are our Sponsors required to do?
Sponsorship is provided to organisations to support their projects and objectives. It also provides the Community BankÂ®Â with the opportunity to engage with members and supporters to promote the benefits of community banking. The community banking point of difference is about building relationships and creating stronger communities, in addition to offering competitive banking services. Â The continued success of our sponsorship program is reliant on the community supporting the Community BankÂ®Â through banking services.
What is an appropriate amount to apply for?
We approve sponsorship amounts ranging from small amounts (such as $100) to significantly larger amounts. We consider several factors when deciding the amount, such the project cost, banking business your organisation/club has with us, and the availability of funds.
How do I apply for Sponsorship?
You may contact your local Branch to discuss your sponsorship requirements. Our staff can provide guidance in relation to the amount you apply for. To be eligible for sponsorship you must be a banking customer or be prepared to move your organisation’s banking to one of our branches.
Applications for sponsorship must be submitted via our online Sponsorship Application form.
You will receive a confirmation email once your application form has been received.
When are sponsorship applications assessed?
Sponsorship applications are assessed quarterly in the months of February, May, August & November. The 2018 submission dates are listed below:
How long does it take for my application to be assessed?
The Community Investment and Marketing Committee considers applications four times a year. Sponsorship and grants are approved subject to the availability of funds. If your application is successful, sponsorship funds will be deposited into theÂ organisationâ€™s account with us. We usually do this within 7 days of approving an application.Â All applicants will be notified in writing.