Greater Bank community bank program celebrates with recipients

Representatives from community groups attend the barbecue at the Men's Shed.
Representatives from community groups attend the barbecue at the Men's Shed.

Greater Bank celebrated a year of giving in Armidale last Saturday, hosting a barbecue at the Armidale Men’s Shed for the winners of the its monthly #GreaterArmidale community grants program.

Since launching the program in September 2016, Greater Bank has distributed $60,000 to 36 local charity groups from around the Armidale area.

Each month, Greater Bank has selected three organisations for support that the community then vote on to receive a grant. The winner receives $3000, while runners-up each receive $1000.

Greater Bank’s Community Engagement Manager, Ingrid Kaczor, said the program underpins the bank’s commitment to supporting the communities it serves.

“As a customer-owned bank, we are committed to supporting the communities that support us and the establishment of the #GreaterArmidale community funding program was fundamental to our move into this region,” Ms Kaczor said.

“We have taken great delight in providing this funding over the past year and seeing the impact it’s had on the beneficiaries.

“The funding has made a real difference to the charities, allowing them to establish new programs, upgrade equipment and facilities, and reach more people with their services.

“This event brings together the beneficiaries of our funding and allows us all to share in the program’s success and what it has helped them deliver.”

Representatives from each of the 12 winning groups attended the event. There they heard from some of the beneficiaries about how they have used their funding, plus they watched a performance from the Backtrack Paws Up program.