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$700,000 on offer to Hunter not-for-profit, charity organisations

Calling all not-for-profits delivering important projects and initiatives that assist those most in need in the community.

Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation’s (NPCF) latest funding round is now open across the Hunter, with applications for grants being taken until 31 October.

The NPCF has more than $700,000 on offer to support new or existing community-based projects concerned with the key focus areas of health, young people and social wellbeing.

And, to assist with the application process, the foundation will host a free, online workshop on Wednesday 5 October from 11am until 12.30pm.

NPCF executive officer Carly Bush said the rising cost of living was driving a higher need for those seeking services and support.

“The current economic landscape is really intensifying the pressure already felt by our regional NSW communities and, in particular, the charities that work tirelessly to assist them,” she explained.

“Those in the Hunter community who were already vulnerable are becoming even more at risk.

“And, it’s the charities of the region who are doing the most to help out. 

“Our online workshop is great opportunity to learn about our eligibility requirements, how applications are assessed, what types of community projects we’ve funded in the past, and our tips and tricks for applying for grants.

“We are committed to giving back so that local groups can continue to make a meaningful difference in people’s lives now and for future generations.”

Grants appointed as part of this funding round will mark 20 years of the foundation supporting deserving charities and not-for-profits, during which time $25 million in funding has been granted to initiatives that have helped rewrite the future of people in need across regional NSW.

Over the past year alone, the NPCF has contributed to a number of projects aimed at addressing disadvantage and creating opportunity in the Hunter region, including:

  • $110,000 to The Shepherd Centre’s first clinical service for deaf children in the region to bring world-leading therapies to local hearing-impaired children, helping to develop their speech, communication, emotional resilience, and preventing the need to travel to Sydney
  • $90,000 to OzHarvest’s Central Coast & Lake Macquarie Food Rescue Expansion to fund a new food rescue van for the Northern Central Coast and Lake Macquarie regions, a new area for OzHarvest. This $90,000 grant has enabled OzHarvest to engage an additional 15 food donors to support 20 local charities
  • $87,000 to Autism Camp Australia’s Helping Hands Project which enables isolated and financially disadvantaged families that don’t qualify for NDIS funding to participate in Autism Camp Australia’s (ACA) capacity and resilience building programs. These programs are designed to support young people aged 7 to 14 diagnosed with Autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Applications are now open via the Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation website and close at 11.59pm on 31 October.

Taken from Newcastle Weekly October 2022 media release.

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