Community Chest grants

IGA Community Chest program

Our IGA stores have returned more than $200,000 to the community through this annual grants program.

What’s great about this program is it helps drive community-based projects that have a lasting legacy and benefit us all.

It’s all about building a brighter future and recognising the tapestry of community groups that make a real difference to the Hastings way of life.

The grants provide anywhere from $500 to $5000 for each eligible project and past recipients hail from a wide cross section of the community, from sports clubs and schools to special interest groups and volunteer organisations.

To ensure equity and fairness, a new application process was introduced in 2016, with all groups required to complete a simple application form. Applications generally open in September each year.

IGA customers play a pivotal role in this program, with funds from specially-marked ‘Community Chest’ products pooled to provide the grants.

Every time you purchase one of these specially-marked products you can feel good about giving back to the community too.

If you'd like more information, phone Tim Walker on 02 6588 8999 or email

$27,600 in community grants awarded in 2016

Seventeen (17) groups shared in $27,600 in funding thanks to the 2016-17 Community Chest grants, including non-for-profit groups from all corners of the Hastings, which represent everyone from schools and sporting clubs to disability, volunteer and special interest groups.

The 2016-17 recipients were:

  • Wauchope Netball Club
  • Lifeline Port Macquarie
  • Beechwood Public School
  • Wauchope Show Society
  • Wauchope Hockey Club
  • Pappinbarra Progress Association
  • Tacking Point Surf Life Saving Club
  • Hastings Education Fund
  • Port Macquarie Cycle Club
  • Comboyne Tennis Club
  • Wauchope Park Run
  • Beechwood Shamrocks Rugby League Football Club
  • Wauchope RSL Cricket Club
  • Upper Rollands Plains Public School
  • Wauchope and Port Macquarie Riding for the Disabled Centre
  • Wauchope Soccer Club
  • 2nd Wauchope Scout Group