Illawarra On Pointe Productions is set to make a mark on the region’s arts community after taking out the major grant for Greater Bank’s #GreaterIllawarra community funding program for March.
On Pointe Productions is an orchestral ballet and theatrical company that provides a platform for aspiring and emerging musicians and dancers across the Illawarra region. The company also puts on an annual major production, which helps fill a cultural gap that the entire community benefits from.
Ryley Gillen, On Pointe Productions’ Artistic Director, said the funding will allow them to deliver more educational programs and performance opportunities for its talented members.
“The arts don’t get a lot of support from corporates or council in the region, so this is certainly a huge step I the right direction for us,” Ryley said.
“This money will go towards growing our organisation by promoting and inspiring new talent. We would like to set up a scholarship that will provide an incentive for young performers to continue to develop their artistic talents.”
This month’s runners-up, the 1st Albion Park Scouts and MJ the Clown Doctor, will both receive $500 to to continue to provide their services to the local community.
Greater Bank’s Regional Manager, Greg Creagan, is thrilled to see the positive impact the program is having on community groups across the Illawarra.
“Supporting the communities that support us has always been a fundamental part of our business and something we are very proud to deliver” | Greg Creagan, Regional Manager
“The #GreaterIllawarra program has been running for almost a year now and we have seen what an impact this regular funding channel can offer the Illawarra community. Particularly by supporting smaller community groups that don’t attract a great deal of public attention and continually have to work hard to fundraise.”
The #GreaterIllawarra program continues in April, with voting now open until Wednesday, 24 April. Vying for their share in $3,000 will be Warilla Wanderers Football Club, Woonoona Netball Club and Safe Shelter Shoalhaven.
To submit your vote either go online here or visit any Illawarra 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 online here and telling us in 100 words or less how the organisation is helping to improve lives of locals.