The Wollongong Brass and Wind Bands are set to expand their reach across the Illawarra and develop their junior bands after taking out this month’s major grant for Greater Bank’s #GreaterIllawarra community funding program.
The community run organisation that encompasses five bands that regularly feature at a range of major events across the region, including ANZAC Day, New Year’s Eve festivities, as well as a number of community events conducted in the Wollongong Mall.
After winning the community vote and receiving $2,000, organisers will be aiming to attract and develop more performers for both their junior and senior bands.
This month’s runners-up both receive $500. The 100% Kokoda - Triple 100 Challenge, will see their funds go towards Illawarra Convoy, while Jamberoo P&C Association will use their money to assist in the purchase of new SMART Boards at Jamberoo Public School.
Greater Bank’s Regional Manager, Greg Creagan, is thrilled to see the positive impact the program is having on community groups across the Illawarra.
“This monthly funding allocation of $2000 and $500 offered through the #GreaterIllawarra program can make such an impact on community groups, particularly smaller ones that don’t attract a great deal of public attention and continually have to work hard to fundraise every year,” Mr Creagan said.
“We are delighted to provide this contribution, with the help of the voting community, and see the difference it is making for the recipients.”
“The #GreaterIllawarra program is at the heart of who we are Greater Bank – an organisation that cares about and is committed to supporting the communities that support us.” | Greg Creagan, Regional Manager
Voting for the March funding round is open now and closes on Wednesday, 27 March. In the running this month for a share in the $3000 are Illawarra On Pointe Productions, MJ the Clown Doctor and 1st Albion Scouts.
To submit your vote either go online to greater.com.au/greaterillawarra or visit any Greater Bank branch.
“It doesn’t take long to submit your vote, but collectively the effort you make will mean a lot to the winning organisation in terms of the programs and services they are able to offer the local community,” Mr Creagan said.
Greater Bank is also calling for nominations for future funding rounds. Community groups can do so by visiting greater.com.au/greaterillawarra and telling us in 100 words or less how the organisation is helping to improve lives of locals.