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IMB Community Foundation Grants provide financial support to community groups with positive ideas and concepts to help them convert their ideas into working projects. The Foundation has granted around $8.6 million to support over 600 projects with a diverse range of themes and purposes in local communities. The program is now accepting applications for funding in 2018.


Project applications are assessed by the IMB Community Foundation Committee according to the following:

  • Geographic proximity to an IMB branch
  • Community input in the project and the benefits the project will create for the community
  • Reach and impact of the project
  • Project sustainability
  • The project's ability to transfer skills and knowledge
  • Innovation – in relation to the project itself or its “new to your community” features
  • Promotional Opportunities – willingness to “partner” with IMB in promotional activity
  • Evaluation – do you have a plan to properly evaluate the degree of success for your project

In addition, the Assessment Committee will take into account the organisational maturity and its backing of the project, and the experience of its proponents. It will consider the “value for money” balance and the general nature of the expenditure.


As a guide, the IMB Community Foundation will generally not fund the following:

  • Projects that involve advocacy for particular groups or sections of the community;
  • Sporting or 'event' sponsorships;
  • Donations to charities or to welfare groups;
  • Budget deficits;
  • Travel, accommodation and meal expenses*;
  • Projects from organisations with specific political objectives;
  • Organisations that maintain discriminatory practices;
  • Other foundations that are grant making bodies;
  • Capital expenditure (unless forming an integral part of a project*).

Closing date: 9 February 2018

More information on criteria and constraints

More information about the Foundation

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