Heritage Palmwoods rewards Sunshine Coast community groups with over $230,000 in grants

Hard work and dedication have been rewarded with 34 local groups at the Sunshine Coast receiving over $230,000 in donations from Heritage Palmwoods Community Branch this week.

The Community Branch is a joint-venture between Heritage Bank and the local community after investors raised $200,000 in capital to help set up the branch in 2006.

Under the Heritage community branch model, a share of profits must be given back as grants to community organisations, charities and special community events.

At a free Family Fun Day held on the weekend, Heritage Palmwoods announced the following grants for 2013:

· $20,000 to Palmwoods State School P & C for the resurfacing of the prep/junior playground.

· $12,508 to Palmwoods Tennis Club for court upgrades to competition level.

· $12,000 to the Chevallum State School P & C to help build a new shed for sporting equipment and motorised specialist equipment for children with special needs.

· $12,000 to the Compass Institute at Palmwoods towards a retail training facility.

· $10,120 to the Palmwoods Memorial Hall Association for seating upgrades.

· $10,025 to the Palmwoods Warriors Football Club for solar system installation.

· $10,000 to the Eudlo & District Tennis Association for fencing upgrades.

· $10,000 to Woombye Soccer Club for additional field lighting.

· $10,000 to the Palmwoods Cricket Club for the construction of change rooms.

· $10,000 to the Nambour & Hinterland AFL Club for sewerage system upgrades.

· $7,890 to the Sunshine Coast Gymnastics Assocation towards new equipment and landing mats.

· $7,637 to the Palmwoods Girl Guides for facility repairs and travel to a camp in Bundaberg.

· $7,500 to the Eudlo Public Hall Committee for upgrades to kitchen facilities.

· $7,500 to the Centre for Growing Sustainability for the rewiring of facilities at The Big Pineapple.

· $7,000 to the Eudlo State School P & C for upgrades to the school’s Wi-Fi network.

· $6,000 to the Nambour & District Netball Association towards new uniforms.

· $5,984 to the Palmwoods Community Kindergarten Association to buy an interactive whiteboard for early learning.

· $5,800 to the Hunchy Community Association for facility upgrades.

· $5,480 to Palmwoods Chaplaincy Committee toward an annual weekend children’s camp.

· $5,000 to the Nambour Special School for the purchase of laptop computers.

· $5,000 to the Sunshine Valley Men's Shed Association for bore water pump installation.

· $5,000 to the Lily House to assist in the training of counselors and additional resources.

· $4,000 to the Palmwoods Senior Rugby League Club towards the purchase of club shirts.

· $4,000 to the Suncoast Christian College P & F for system upgrades and uniforms.

· $3,995 to Palmwoods Bowls Club for a new Scarifier.

· $3,770 to the Palmwoods Junior Rugby League Club towards end-of-season trophies.

· $3,484 to Palmwoods Scouts for a new ride-on mower and brush cutter.

· $2,500 to the Sunshine Coast Citizen Advocacy to assist with a training workshop for members.

· $2,500 to Nambour Christian College Music Dept towards new equipment.

· $2,500 to Woombye Indoor Bowls towards replacement of indoor bowls mats.

· $2,500 to the Special Olympics Sunshine Coast for new uniforms.

· $1,918 to Woombye Netball Club for new uniforms and equipment.

· $1,164 to Palmwoods Playgroup for new resources and play equipment.

· $1,335 to Palmwoods Arts & Crafts Group for artwork display screens at events.

Heritage Palmwoods Branch Manager Todd English said the branch’s success was greatly assisted by support from the community.

“The more people that bank with Heritage, the more that we are able to return to the community through the grants program,” Mr English said.

“We have also given out $100,000 in sponsorships, taking us over the $300,000 mark in funds given back through our grants/sponsorship system at Palmwoods for this year.”

Mr English said the events like the free Family Fun Day held on the weekend, enabled the branch to connect with the community and customers.

“We take great pride in getting to know the communities we live and work in and that helps us to ensure our customers get a great financial deal without compromising on delivering high-quality, personalised service,” Mr English said.

“We offer our customers the full range of banking products at extremely competitive rates including personal banking, home loans, business banking, insurance and financial planning.”

The Heritage Palmwoods Community Branch is located at the Palmwoods Plaza shopping centre where applications are also available for those interested in applying for future grants.

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