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.

 

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:

2018 Applications due
Autumn 9 February
Winter 11 May
Spring 10 August
Summer 9 November

 

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 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

New Training Nets for Surrey Hills Cricket Club

Maggie Stamoulis, Manager of the Surrey Hills Community Bank® presented the Surrey Hills Cricket Club Coach/Captain Tim Foster with a sponsorship cheque for $8,500. The sponsorship will be used to fund the installation of retractable training nets at Surrey Park. Our ongoing support of the Surrey Park Sporting club precinct continues with funds of more than $23,000 provided to the Cricket Club to date.

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Special day for children with a disability

Director Dick Menting and staff from the Balwyn Community Bank® branch attended the Box Hill Miniature Steam Railway special day for children with a disability. This annual event organised by the Rotary Club of Balwyn is a fabulous day for the carers and families and children with a disability.  The Balwyn Community Bank® branch has supported this event for many years and we are always pleased to see the joy and delight on the children’s faces.

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How many Piggies can you see?

We have a Winner!
As part of our involvement in the Surrey Hills Music Festival the Surrey Hills Community Bank® branch ran a competition to win a $500 bank account. Entrants had to guess the number of Piggy money boxes they could see lazing around in the inflatable pool. Our lucky winner was most excited to get the call she had guessed the correct number. A very happy new customer to the Surrey Hills branch.

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Camcare program supports Parkhill Primary School

Kathy Koulouris, Manager of the Ashburton Community Bank® branch and Chairman Juliann Byron attended the Camcare Annual General Meeting and presented a cheque for $13,200 to Camcare Chief Executive Officer, Jane Broadhead.
The grant provided by the Ashburton Community Bank® funded the ‘Inspiring Warriors’ program being run at Parkhill Primary School. The program teaches emotional regulation and resilience.

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Supporting Cricket Umpires

Maggie Stamoulis, Manager of the Surrey Hills Community Bank® branch and Director, Dick Menting presented the Eastern Cricket Umpires Association with a sponsorship cheque to President Chris Main.
Our contribution provides support for the senior club members and assists with the development of the cultural awareness program being run by the association. Over the years we have provided support to this association totaling $8,000.

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Defibrillator for Amaroo Neighbourhood Centre

Kathy Koulouris, Manager of the Ashburton Community Bank® branch and staff member Madeleine Smith attended the Amaroo Neighbourhood Centre Annual General Meeting. They presented a cheque to the Centre Chairwoman Margaret Taylor and Co-ordinator Peter Nash. The funds provided by the Ashburton Community Bank® were put towards the purchase of a defibrillator.

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Surrey Hills Music Festival- a community success

There was rain,hail and sunshine at the 2017 Surrey Hills Music Festival. Despite the challenging and changing weather, many people came out to enjoy the fabulous musical program.
Maggie Stamoulis, Branch Manager from the Surrey Hills Community Bank® Branch and Director, Damien Hudson presented our sponsorship cheque for $7,000 to Festival Director Melissa Chipp.

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25 years of Swinburne University

Chairman, Juliann Byron and Senior Manager, Nick Coker attended a gala dinner to celebrate 25 years of Swinburne University. Held in the Plaza Ballroom, the event celebrated the remarkable achievements of Swinburne people– visionaries, trailblazers, connectors and challengers. The Swinburne story is one of great ambition and tremendous achievement. Our network of Community Bank® branches have a strong relationship with Swinburne University. We support the Centre of Student Leadership, provide leadership and volunteer awards and provide support to the Financial Inclusion Program for students in financial difficulty. We congratulate Swinburne on this wonderful achievement.

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Camberwell Multiple Births Association

Kathy Koulouris, Manager of the Ashburton Community Bank® branch presented Camberwell Area Multiple Births Association (CAMBA) President Debbie Baydan with a cheque for $1,000 to support the group.
The room was full of twins and triplets with there parents and there were smiles all around.

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Brian Nankervis hosts Music Festival kick off

The Surrey Hills Music Festival kicked off in style at the Emulation Hall in Canterbury last week. Brian Nankervis hosted festival favourites The Band who knew too much and Andy Layfield and the Sound.
The Surrey Hills Community Bank® branch is once again a Major Sponsor of the Music Festival which will be held in Surrey Hills from 17-19 November.  The Community Bank® has provided more than $34,000 in Sponsorship of the Festival over the years. We look forward to a fabulous 2017 event.

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