The fourth annual Community Pitch was a record breaking event this year! A record number of 25 businesses , a record number of 30 applicants for 18 places and a record prize pool of $28,400 donated on the night.

Each community group had 3 minutes to ‘pitch’ their project to the community and local businesses and the pitches were wide and varied. Footscray City College flash mobbed, the Ethiopian Community Association danced, wit incorporated sang, Yarraville Life Activities pitched a poem, Willing Older Workers baked, while others simply told their heartfelt stories.

But while the funding is an important part of the event, it was also about the sharing of what is happening in the community and the relationships that are built between like-minded people.

No doubt next year will be bigger and better!

Community Pitch Stories

“The beauty of the night is its ability to bring community together at the same time as supporting community groups to grow. getting a chance to connect with local businesses helps build a sense of community. The money raised is fantastic – we have a new trapeze now, thanks! – but the night is about so much more than that. It’s community, laughter and a great sense of sharing.”

– Devon, Women’s Circus

“The funding we received through Pitch has made an enormous difference. It contributed to our 30by30 campaign, which aims to get 30 kids off the waiting lists to our program before June 30th. The money raised will help 3 kids access our programs for 12 months each.”

– Emily, Refugee Migrant Children’s Centre

Community Pitch Stories

“Great news! After fundraising at Community Pitch, the students of Footscray City College have been able to purchase new microphones for their musical production of The Wedding Singer in August”

– Emma, teacher from Footscray City College

Funds from Community Pitch assisted VU Western Spurs to purchase three sets of  team jumpers for the Sir Doug Nichols Indigenous Round in July. “The aim of the event is to raise awareness and celebrate the first nation people by inviting Indigenous artist, dancers and elders to come and make this Indigenous football event a thriving one”

– Hayley, VU Western Spurs

How do you apply for Community Pitch 2019?

Dates for 2019 have not been finalised however applications generally open for one month mid March – mid April with the Pitch Night in mid May.

Register your interest and we’ll keep you up to date!

Eligibility Criteria for Applicants –

  • Be an Incorporated Association or have current DGR status or be a community Non-For-Profit (NFP) organization
  • Be an existing Seddon Community Bank Branch customer or be willing to open and account to receive funds.
  • A community based organization located in, and delivers services to Seddon, Yarraville, Kingsville, West Footscray, Maidstone & Footscray
  • Your pitch must be for a specific Project or Program
  • Be able to attend the live event in May 2019
  • Please note – places are limited to 18 community groups