Heritage Nanango Community Branch distributes $500,000 in community grants

Twenty-seven local organisations have shared in $500,000 in community funding grants presented last week by the Heritage Nanango Community Branch.

The branch launched its annual community grants program earlier in the year, calling for applications from sporting, cultural, educational and community events and organisations throughout Nanango and district.

Heritage Nanango is a joint-venture between Heritage Bank and the local community, represented by Heritage Nanango Community Funding Limited (HNCF)

Heritage Nanango Community Branch Manager Bob Shaw said the presentation of community grants was one of the highlights of the year, recognising the work of local organisations and returning HNCF’s share of the profits back to the community, one of the goals of the community branch model.

“Heritage established the Nanango Community Branch to ensure local residents had access to high-quality and personalized banking services on their doorstep,” Mr Shaw said.

“Our Community Banking model not only gives people access to fantastic banking products and services, but the more people do their banking here, the more money we are able to return to the community.”

At the recent awards presentation, HNCF chairman Wendy Zerbst said: “We are very proud that Heritage Nanango Community Branch has been able to give a total of $2.5 million back to local organisations and foster the continual development of our community and region.

“This $500,000 for 2013 is a record for us, and I believe this is the largest amount by far that any community banking facility has been able to return in a single year.

“This has been made possible by the Heritage unique low cost community banking model and the loyal support of Heritage Nanango Community Branch customers.”

Successful grant recipients for 2013 include:

· Sing Aust Kingaroy: $300 for a new banner

· Nanango & District Camera Club: $1,100 towards computer programs

· Bullcamp Rural Fire Brigade: $1,129 for pumps and hoses

· Maidenwell Rural Fire Brigade: $2,131 to purchase radios for communication during call outs

· Nanango Hack & Pony Club; $2,026 for upgrades to facilities

· Churches of Nanango: $2,500 for the sponsorship of the Christmas tree festival

· South Nanango Rural Fire Brigade: $2,545 to install an air-conditioning unit

· Anglican Parish: $3,971 to paint the Churchyard Shop

· Nanango Bowls Club: $5,473 for upgrades to security screens and doors

· Nanango Amateur Swimming Club: $6,107 towards new equipment

· All Breeds Kennel Club: $6,205 for the development of an earth dog testing area

· Nanango State School P&C: $7,864 to complete renovations of the tuckshop area

· South Burnett Western Performance: $8,000 towards hire facilities for events

· Nanango & District Aeromodellers Inc: $8,000 for a clubhouse

· Nanango Art Society: $9,000 for sponsorship of the Nanango Arts Fest

· Nanango Show Society: $10,000 for sponsorship of the Nanango Country Muster

· SBcare: $17,136 for a new vehicle

· Nanango Rugby League Football Club: $17,997 to build a grand stand

· Nanango Primary School: $20,000 for the provision of reading resources

· Funfest/ Mardi Gras: $20,000 for the organisation of the Mardi Gras

· Nanango Gas Guzzler Rods & Customs: $22,192 to build a clubhouse

· Lions Club: $23,000 to purchase a mobile kitchen and catering van

· Nanango Sporting Association: $35,898 for canteen renovations

· Nanango State High School: $38,150 for school hall amenities

· Ringsfield: $46,674 for internal and external painting and roof repairs

· Men’s Shed Project: $56,500 to build the Men’s Shed

· CTC: $130,000 towards the Heritage Lodge Project

* Based on a $150,000 loan over 25 years. WARNING: This comparison rate is true only for the examples given and may not include all fees and charges. Different terms, fees or other loan amounts might result in a different comparison rate.