Dick Menting Community Champion Award


Dick Menting Community Champion Award

The Dick Menting Community Champion Award honours the contribution Dick made to his Community by recognising an individuals who are making an outstanding contribution to their community.

Dick Menting was the Founding Chairman of Inner East Community Finance Limited ( formerly Canterbury Surrey Hills Community Finance Limited) which operates the Community Bank branches in Canterbury, Surrey Hills, Ashburton and Balwyn under a franchise agreement with Bendigo Bank. Dick established a Steering Committee in 2001 for the formation of a Community Bank when the Commonwealth Bank closed its branch in Maling Road and left the precinct without a bank. Dick was a driving force behind the establishment of the Canterbury and Surrey Hills branches and later the Ashburton and Balwyn Community Bank branches.

Dick was a true community man, having dedicated the last 20 years of his life to his community. The beneficiaries of his hard work and commitment to giving back to the community are widespread. Dick worked tirelessly to ensure the growth of the Community Bank network, so our company could continue to provide funds to upgrade community facilities, purchase equipment, provide grants for community welfare organisations and support those vulnerable in our community. Almost $7 million in community grants and sponsorship have been provided so far.


Who should nominate?

Community organisations are encouraged to nominate an individual who deserves recognition for their contribution to their community. This may include the development of education, sporting, youth or community programs that promote understanding or provide support and positive outcomes for people in the community. The individual may have engaged local residents, brought people together, raised funds or increased community health and wellbeing.

The nominating organisation and individual must be local to the communities of Canterbury, Ashburton, Surrey Hills and Balwyn and surrounds

Key Dates 2023

  • Nominations open 4 May 2023
  • Nominations close 28 July 2023
  • Submissions due 25 August 2023
  • Winner announced November 2023 (Annual General Meeting)

The Award

  • There will be a maximum of two Award recipients each year
  • The individual/s will receive a trophy and a $500 voucher for a local restaurant or shopping precinct
  • The nominating organisation will receive a $5,000 grant.

Nominate now
Nominations have closed for the 2023 Award.

Entry Submissions
Entries have closed for the 2023 Award.

Selection Criteria & more information
To download the information pack and selection criteria, please click here.