What is the Community Grant & Sponsorship Program?

The Community Grant & Sponsorship Program forms an integral part of the IWCE Strategy and is designed to provide funding to local sporting clubs and community groups and, in return, receive recognition and support to develop mutually beneficial outcomes to create stronger and more sustainable community partners.

The Community Grants Program is managed by the Seddon Community Bank Branch with the following criteria –

  • Funding applications under $1,000.
  • Generally for school and community funds raising events such as fetes, trivia nights, art shows and aimed at supporting smaller community groups and events throughout the year.
  • Applications can be made throughout the year.
  • Grants under $500 can be approved within 3 working days, grants under $1,000 in 10 working days.
  • Community Sponsorship provides funding for clubs and organisations seeking more than $1,000 (excluding GST).
  • Key eligibility criteria must be met prior to a sponsorship application being considered (as detailed below).
  • Applications open twice a year for summer and winter clubs and organisations.
  • Only one application will be accepted each financial year

Location

Only applicants operating within our core geographical area would be considered. As a local Community Bank, we consider our core geographical community to include the :

  • Footscray
  • Kingsville
  • Maidstone
  • Maribyrnong
  • Seddon
  • Spotswood
  • West Footscray
  • Yarraville

Organisational Structure

Organisations must have an ABN and fit within structure below:

  • Non-for-profit (incorporated association)
  • Community Group
  • Sporting Club
  • School or educational facility
  • Community Support Group (eg: Rotary, Lions Club)
  • Ethnically Diverse Organisations

We will not consider applications supporting individuals or private enterprise.

All applicants must have their main banking with Seddon Community Bank Branch

As we are a community bank, we rely on our customers to earn our revenue. It is essential that our customers understand that we are able to support the organisations that contribute to the profits we make. Therefore, we will only sponsor clubs and organisations that have their main banking with the Seddon Community Bank Branch.

Growing our customer base and banking business enables us to provide more funds back to the community. It’s as simple as that.

The more our community supports our bank, the more our bank can support our community.

Summer Applications: 

OPEN: Tuesday 1st August @ 9.00am

CLOSE: Fridays 31st August @ 4.00pm

Applications open to summer clubs only but also including Christmas Carols, local spring & summer festivals and events. Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application by 30th September.

Winter Applications:

OPEN: Monday 3rd December 2018 @ 9.00am

CLOSE: Thursday 31st January 2018 @ 4.00pm

Applications open for winter clubs only but also including autumn / winter festivals and events. Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application by the 28th February.

Please note –

Sporting clubs that play year round and community groups may apply in either application period.

Clubs and organisations can only apply once per year.

Late applications will not be considered.

Applications will be considered in two periods each year as detailed above.

STEP 1 – Check your eligibility

Ensure your organisation fits the criteria as per section 1 and 4. If you are not currently banking with Seddon Community Bank Branch, please contact our Branch Manager, Ashley Coles on 03 9687 2500 0r email seddon@bendigoadelaide.com.au

You will need your account name and number to complete the application

STEP 2 – Apply Online

To apply, please fill out the application form online. Only online applications will be considered.

Additional documents can be attached to the application as long as they are in an acceptable format (eg: Word, Excel, PDF or jpeg) and don’t exceed maximum file size of 5MB

Preference will be given to organisations who support the following:

  • Youth-focused activities
  • Education
  • Capital Community Projects
  • Social Enterprise

Alternative or additional funding opportunities for Seddon Community Bank Branch include:

Marketing & Promotion of Organisation & Events

  • Community Events Calendar on IWCE website and in The Westsider
  • Social Media – Facebook & Instagram
  • Digital TV screen in branch window
  • Community Boards at the Dream Factory & at Seddon Community Bank Branch
  • Community Stories – IWCE website, Seddon Community Bank Branch and The Westsider

Event Support

  • Free marquee hire
  • Piggy mascot
  • Bank vouchers for juniors
  • Mobile EFTPOS facilities

Alternative Funding Sources

  • Community Pitch
  • VU / Seddon Community Bank Charity Challenge
  • Grants Writing Assistance
  • Crowd Funding Platform
  • Community Referral Program

It is a requirement that:

  • The recipient organisation has a dedicated office bearer to promote the partnership with the Seddon Community Bank Branch within the organisation.
  • The organisation will also provide Seddon Community Bank Branch with a Calendar of Events for each year of the partnership in order for us to promote and attend the events

There will be a requirement for community clubs and organisations to detail how they would promote their partnership with Seddon Community Bank Branch. To assist with ideas, we have identified some of the past promotions provided by clubs and organisations. These are ideas you may wish to include but are not limited to:

  • Email campaign to database of members and associates
  • Newsletters
  • Website
  • Social Media
  • Social Media – Facebook, instagram, Twitter
  • Opportunity to present at committee meetings
  • Opportunity to present at Annual Functions, Presentations, Awards Nights
  • Naming rights
  • Signage
  • Apparel branding
  • Equipment branding
  • Introduce Seddon Community Bank Branch to other sponsors and partners

8.1 Assessment

Eligible applications will be assessed based on responses provided in the application form.

Eligibility does not guarantee success. It is expected that more applications will be received than can be funded.

Applicants will receive written notification of the outcome of the assessment process.

8.2 Partnership Agreement

Successful applicants must enter into a partnership agreement with Seddon Community Bank Branch. The Partnership Agreement highlights the commitments, obligations and general terms and conditions of the partnership.

8.3 Payments

Payment will be paid directly to the nominated bank account based on the following conditions –

  • the Partnership Agreement has been signed by both parties
  • a tax invoice has been received
  • the recipients provide reports as required
  • any terms and conditions of the partnership have been met

Payment should be received within 14 days of the above conditions being met.

8.4 Acquittal

It is required that the following details are provided as part of the acquittal process

  • Photos of the event / project / program suitable for Seddon Community Bank Branch to use for marketing.
  • Acknowledgement of the Seddon Community Bank Branch’s contribution to members and volunteers / staff of the applicant organisation.
  • Confirmation that the funding was spent as requested, together with a short story about the outcome of the event / program / project htat can be used for Seddon Community Bank Branch’s marketing.
  • The acquittal should be received no more than 30 days after the event has concluded or the program / project funds have been spent.