Groups can bank on it

Since 2002, the branch has returned more than $1.3 million to local communities through funding.

Chairman Noel Herbert said the six members of the board who ran the company intended to increase that figure.

�Projects may be large or small and carried out in collaboration with other groups or organisations at any level,� he said.

Marketing co-ordinator Sharon Hooper said staff thought about what they could do beyond banking to help customers and strengthen the community.

For more information about the grants program, call 9586 1399.

Applications close June 30.