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Author: Greater Charitable Foundation

Help for local charities seeking funding to improve lives

Charities have the opportunity to obtain funding for programs that will make a lasting difference to the lives of families and communities in NSW and southern Queensland when the Greater Charitable Foundation’s annual funding round opens on Tuesday February 28.

CEO Anne Long said the Foundation will fund programs for between $50,000 and $350,000 lasting for up to three years.

In a first for the Foundation, Ms Long will be conducting a live streamed information session through the Greater Charitable Foundation Facebook page at noon on February 15 to help local charities learn more about the funding and how to apply.  Those attending the virtual seminar need to like the page and have their notification settings turned on for ‘live videos’ to access the stream. Questions can be emailed prior to foundation@greater.com.au or ask during the stream.

“The Greater Charitable Foundation supports charities which are working to improve people’s life outcomes and deliver long-lasting change in our communities.” Ms Long said.

“The Facebook stream will help give all charities the same information about the funding process without them having to leave their office,” she said.

Expressions of interest close on March 20. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to submit final proposals by early June. Successful partners will be announced in late-July.

Since it was established in 2011 the Foundation has provided 20 charity partners with more than $5 million. Some of the current partners include Starlight Children’s Foundation,  McGrath Foundation, Clontarf Foundation, Harry Meyn Foundation and OzHarvest.

The Foundation is funded from the profits of the Greater Bank. Ms Long said as well as providing funding, the Foundation arranges for Greater Bank staff to volunteer with the charity partner. She said last year, 230 Greater staff volunteered, often more than once and for more than one charity.

“The Foundation is another way Greater Bank gives back to the community,” she said.

The customer-owned Greater Bank offers banking services to around 250,000 customers across NSW and south-East Queensland.

Media information: Interviews with Anne Long, charities, people helped by the funding and Greater staff volunteers are available. Phone Craig Eardley on 0437 477 493.

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