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Committed to our communities

Local banking that puts the community first

Over the past five decades we’ve helped countless charities, organisations, and sporting groups give back to their communities, and made it possible for community members to achieve their personal, financial, and wellness goals.

We’re focused on ensuring more people and groups get the opportunity to make an impact through our community support initiatives.

Our community engagement framework

As a member-owned, member-first organisation, we’re passionate about supporting our communities and giving back. We’ve recently refreshed our community engagement framework to support five key areas which impact our members and communities.

Health and wellness

Financial wellbeing


Social housing and homelessness

Environment and conservation

Arts and leisure

Our current sponsorships and initiatives

Lifeline North Coast

We’re supporting Lifeline to deliver essential crisis support services on the NSW north coast.

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Orange Sky Australia

We’re providing practical community support for people experiencing homelessness and hardship.

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Australia Zoo and Wildlife Warriors

We’re helping to protect of one of Australia’s most iconic species.

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Coffs Coast Food & Wine Festival

We’re supporting the culinary and cultural diversity of the Coffs Coast.


How you can get involved

Nobody knows what our communities need more than the people who live in them.

That’s why we’ve developed the Community Cares program, an initiative led by our branch network to support local people and causes.

If you are a member of BCU Bank and you know a person or organisation that fits one of our five key support areas and could use some support, you can nominate them for Community Cares.

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Our history of community support

Neville Spear Community Grants Program

Following the success of our initial 2020 community grants, we will be making the grants program part of our quarterly initiative.

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Bill Ussher Community Grants Program

At BCU, supporting local communities within our regions is something we’re passionate about. Find out more about how we can help local community groups and not-for-profit organisations.

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Bill Ussher Scholarship

Enhance your future with our Bill Ussher Scholarship, where ten passionate students, trainees or apprentices have an opportunity to be awarded a scholarship!

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Ride Around the River

BCU is proud to sponsor the Ride Around the River charity bike ride around Macksville.

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IRONMAN Sponsorship

At BCU, we're committed to supporting our community and members.

We're thrilled to be partnering with IRONMAN Australia as sponsor for the Port Macquarie Ironman 70.3.

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Community groups we’ve helped

With the help of our members' nominations, we have identified and helped many deserving non-for-profit groups since the program's launch in 2020 to celebrate BCU's 50-year anniversary.

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