Credit Union SA introduces School Impact Program

The School Impact Program aims to provide South Australian schools the opportunity to access funding for vital projects

26 Oct 2023

| Media Release

Credit Union SA this week announces it is amplifying the impact they have on education in South Australia by introducing the School Impact Program.

The School Impact Program aims to provide up to 50 schools per year, across metropolitan and regional South Australia, the opportunity to access funding for projects between $2,000 and $20,000.

Credit Union SA Chief Executive, Todd Roberts, explains, “we are a South Australian organisation wanting to invest into our state’s education community for the benefit of all South Australians, from students through to teachers and families – the whole school community.

“Our School Impact Program is committed to giving school communities over $1 million in vital funds across the next 10 years.”

“The funding provided to schools across the state will enable educational facilities to bring forward their investments into school grounds, as well as learning facilities and equipment. This can include upgrades to libraries and classrooms, as well as using the funds to enhance student learning and wellbeing including the creation of nature play spaces, new equipment, other outdoor facilities, and sensory learning spaces,” Todd continued.

The School Impact Program will replace the current School Community Rewards program which has been running for nine years and supported 26 schools across the state.

Through the School Community Rewards program, Credit Union SA has donated over $650,000 for programs and projects that have benefited more than 15,000 South Australian students per year.

Reynella East College was one of the first schools to join the School Community Rewards program in 2014 and has received $58,000 which has enabled school projects such as a chicken coop for the Junior School, a nature play area, and bathroom upgrades.

Minister for Education, Training and Skills Blair Boyer MP said, “Teachers and leaders do an amazing job of fundraising for school projects and using it as an opportunity to teach students about community spirit – this initiative will help them realise their fundraising goals faster to ensure these school projects make a difference to the school community.

“Reynella East College is a wonderful example of how this funding can be used, including helping to complete projects such as a chicken coop for the Junior School and a nature play area.

“The School Impact program will also allow for schools to apply for funding for additional training and wellbeing programs for their teachers” the Minister concluded.

Credit Union SA School Impact Program funding applications will open in Term 1, 2024, with payment in Term 2, and reopen in Term 3, with payment in Term 4.

In 2024, the School Impact Program is for all Department of Education schools and in 2025 it will be extended to include every single school in South Australia.

Media contact

For more information contact Joann Skene, Senior Manager Brand & Business Developmentjskene@creditunionsa.com.au

About Credit Union SA

Credit Union SA is a South Australian based member-owned financial institution with over 50,000 members and more than $1 billion worth of assets. It is the third largest credit union in South Australia and offers the full range of financial services, including transaction and savings accounts fixed term investments, home loans, personal loans, credit cards and insurance.

Credit Union SA's role in education in South Australia

Since 1958, Credit Union has been dedicated to South Australian Educators, their families, and the Education sector, and with over 10,991 Educators and their families choosing to bank with Credit Union SA, they have honoured their core purpose of supporting South Australian Education with their committed team at Credit Union SA.

Over the last 20 years, they have achieved the following for education:

  • Sponsored over 100 conferences a year (2,000 conferences over 20 years)
  • Over 25 PD days a year
  • 100 staff room visits per year
  • Supporting the Public Education Awards since 2014, with platinum status for 2023, including the Credit Union SA Excellence & Equity in Education Awards
  • Over 22 years of supporting Educators SA including the introduction of the Education Association Sponsorship Program
  • Major Sponsors of SASPA and SAPPA
  • Major Supporter of Uni SA, Adelaide University and Flinders Uni

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