Recipients of this year’s Community Bank grants, from left, Janet Ford from the Grafton Breast Cancer Support Group, Dianne Rose from the Grafton Girl Guides Support Group, Chris Lynch from the Eatonsville Public Hall Trust, Betty Stone from the Combined Churches Magpie Group, Vicki Valja from Clarence Village Ltd, Alana Philp from the North Coast Flute Society and Jill Hansen from Discovery Ministry.
Recipients of this year’s Community Bank grants, from left, Janet Ford from the Grafton Breast Cancer Support Group, Dianne Rose from the Grafton Girl Guides Support Group, Chris Lynch from the Eatonsville Public Hall Trust, Betty Stone from the Combined Churches Magpie Group, Vicki Valja from Clarence Village Ltd, Alana Philp from the North Coast Flute Society and Jill Hansen from Discovery Ministry.

Grants given by Community Bank

OPERA With The Cows, by the North Coast Flute Society, and the Grafton Breast Cancer Support Group were among eight community groups to receive grants on Wednesday from the South Grafton Community Bank.

The eight local organisations received a boost to funding when they received the awards as part of Community Bank’s community grant scheme.

The event, hosted by the South Grafton branch of Community Bank, was held at the South Grafton Services Club where the grants were presented to representatives of the eight recipient organisations.

While the Breast Cancer Support Group will use its grant to provide improved equipment for Clarence Valley cancer survivors, the North Coast Flute Society will use theirs for their Opera With The Cows project.

Also receiving grants at the presentation were representatives from Clarence Village Limited, the Grafton Girl Guides support group, Eatonsville Public Hall, Discovery Ministry Youth Program, the Combined Churches Magpie Group and the Iluka Public School P and C group.

Des Plunkett, manager of the South Grafton branch of the Community Bank, presided over the presentation and said it was good to see the funds going back into the community.

Community Bank branches provided the grants to community groups, with the eight recipients on Wednesday sharing in more than $30,000 for their respective groups.

Mr Plunkett said the grants were a part of their policy of putting money back into the community.

“Every time we open a new account or an existing customer does business with us, they’re actually supporting our local community,” he said.

The Community Bank Grants scheme is run by local community bank branches with a percentage of the profits made by the bank, being put back into the community in the form of grants to local community groups.

“There’s been 40 different community organisations which have been successful with their grant applications over the past four years ... through the South Grafton branch.”

Mr Plunkett said the grants were advertised in March or April each year and community groups or organisations were encouraged to apply.

“We’ve been advertising these grants for the past four years and it’s our intention to continue to do so.”



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