Canterbury Surrey Hills Community Finance Ltd

The Canterbury, Surrey Hills, Ashburton and Balwyn Community Bank® 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. We 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 – scout groups, traders associations, rotary clubs, probus clubs
  • Community welfare organisations – disability associations, neighbourhood houses and centres, parent support groups
  • Schools and early childhood organisations – primary schools, secondary schools, private schools, government schools, preschools, kindergartens, toy libraries
  • Sporting clubs – 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 Bank® 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.  The continued success of our sponsorship program is reliant on the community supporting the Community Bank® 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.

 

How long does it take for my application to be assessed?

The Community Investment and Marketing Committee considers applications four times a year. In 2017 the review months for sponsorship applications are March, June, September & December . Applications must be received by the 1st day of the review month for consideration. Sponsorship and grants are approved subject to the availability of funds. If your application is successful, sponsorship funds will be deposited into the organisation’s account with us. We usually do this within 7 days of approving an application. All applicants will be notified in writing.

Latest Community Projects

Ashburton Village Festival- a celebration of community

The Ashburton Community Bank® were the proud Major Sponsor of the Ashburton Village Twilight Festival. An estimated 12,000 people enjoyed the summer sunshine and the great variety of activities on offer. Piggy was busy entertaining festival goers and enjoying time on the Ashburton Community Bank® stage. The Festival provided a great opportunity for the community to enjoy the vibrant Ashburton Village and wander down the normally busy
High st.

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Supporting children to reach their full potential

We are very proud to support Learning for Life Autism Centre in Balwyn. The centre aims to assist children with autism to reach their full potential regardless of their financial circumstances. Adam Osmani and Dot Tamburrini from the Balwyn Community Bank® branch recently presented Mary Muirhead from Learning for Life with a $5,500 cheque to support their annual fundraising ball.

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A big welcome to Roberts McCubbin Primary School

The Surrey Hills Community Bank® branch is pleased to have established a relationship with Roberts McCubbin Primary School in Box Hill South. Branch Manager, Maggie Stamoulis recently presented school Principal Marg Pickburn and Fair coordinator Britta with a cheque for the school’s upcoming Family Fun Fair. The Surrey Hills Community Bank® Branch is looking forward to the Fair and to building a great working relationship with the school.

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Music Festival in Surrey Hills

The Surrey Hills Community Bank® branch is a proud major sponsor of the Surrey Hills Music Festival. Held in November, the main event day was blessed with glorious sunshine and a large crowd enjoyed a huge variety of music and great food offered by local Union Rd traders. We have a strong relationship with the Festival organising committee and have provided support of more than $27,000 to this event over
recent years.

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New equipment for Cricket Club

Sunday 29th January was a special day at the Bulleen Cricket Club. Life Members were invited to present the Most Valuable Player awards to current players and Surrey Hills Community Bank® branch Manager, Maggie Stamoulis presented President, Neil Henry with a sponsorship cheque for $4,000. The Community Bank® has a strong relationship with the club and its members. Sponsorship funds will be used to purchase new equipment and subsidise fees for junior players.

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On the road with Camcare

Chairman Juliann Byron and Senior Manager Nick Coker representing the Ashburton Community Bank® branch joined staff and volunteers at Camcare at their recent Christmas gathering. Camcare play a crucial role in our community supporting people through times of adversity including unemployment, ill health, financial stress and hardship, relationship difficulties, homelessness and security issues. We are pleased to have been able to provide funds to allow Camcare to purchase a motor vehicle for use by staff and volunteers.

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Cricket club supporting breast cancer awareness

Maggie Stamoulis, Manager of the Surrey Hills Community Bank® branch was a guest of Mont Albert Cricket Club at their recent Ladies Luncheon. Funds were raised for the McGrath Foundation for their important work in Breast Cancer awareness and research. The event was well attended and full of energy and support for a great cause. Maggie also presented a cheque to the Club President Peter Knox for $1,000 in recognition of a club member banking with the Surrey Hills Community Bank®.

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Team effort supporting local events

The team of Managers (from left Adam Osmani-Balwyn, Kathy Koulouris- Ashburton, Maggie Stamoulis- Surrey Hills, Casey Etherton-Canterbury and Business Development Manager Nick Azar) from our four Community Bank® branches were all on hand in preparation for the Kris Kindl event in Canterbury. The team works closely together to support community events in all local areas. They have a shared commitment to continuing the great work that has been achieved to date to grow banking business and deliver contributions back to the Community.

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Kindergarten benefits from community banking

Kathy Koulouris, Manager from the Ashburton Community Bank® branch recently attended the Rowen St Kindergarten to present a cheque to the Committee President. We provided support for the Annual Rowen Street fun day held in October and an incentive payment for a kindergarten family who has recently taken out a home loan with the Ashburton Community Bank® Branch.

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Celebrating $3 million in Community Contributions

The Annual General Meeting of Canterbury Surrey Hills Community Finance was recently held at the Evergreen Centre in Balwyn. Shareholders and representatives from our community groups, joined Directors and staff from the Canterbury, Ashburton, Balwyn and Surrey Hills Community Bank® branches to celebrate the $3 million milestone. The four Community Bank® branches have provided more than $3 million back to the local community in sponsorship, grants and incentives through the Community Investment Program.

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