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Have a project that needs funding?

In 2003 Newcastle Permanent Building Society created Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation. This gift, in the form of a $30 million endowment over time, is to never be returned to the Building Society. Instead, these funds have been invested and the interest earned each year, is presented as grants to our local communities.

Our funding model is different to many other foundations. We’re an independent organisation with self-sustaining income which we use to provide as grants to our local communities. Now. And for generations to come.

Avenue team member Julie Clifton demonstrating AUSLAN
The opening of Avenue Newcastle was supported by a $160,000 grant from Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation.

Grant application process

Important information

To be eligible for funding you must be:

  • Endorsed by the Australian Taxation Office as a Type 1 Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR)
  • Endorsed by the Australian Taxation Office as a Tax Concession Charity (TCC)
  • Registered with the Australian Charities and Not-For-Profit Commission
  • A not-for-profit organisation which is charitable at law
  • A legal entity such as an incorporated association or corporation.

You can check your DGR and TCC status by going to the Australian Government’s Australian Business Register website at

If you are unsure if your organisation is eligible, please contact the Charitable Foundation at, and include your organisation’s ABN in the email.

Projects that provide improved health outcomes for the most disadvantaged, isolated, and vulnerable in our community by:

  • Using new technology to deliver improved health services to regional areas
  • Improving health awareness and resources in regional communities and disadvantaged groups
  • Supporting good mental health in regional communities
  • Focus on key health issues for regional communities.

Projects that provide improved life outcomes for marginalised and at-risk young people in our community by:

  • Providing early intervention initiatives for childhood education, development, and well-being
  • Facilitating remediation, development, and mentoring for disadvantaged and disengaged youth
  • Supporting youth mental health in regional communities.

Projects that provide improved social wellbeing for the most disadvantaged or marginalised in our community by:

  • Assisting socially disadvantaged people in our community to build new skills
  • Facilitating socially marginalised and isolated groups to build social connections
  • Helping communities build resilience through social infrastructure, connectedness, and healthy lifestyle.

2023 Chairman’s Medal recipient:
Carey Binks

Carey has given over 3,500 hours as an overnight volunteer at Ronald McDonald House, providing families with ongoing care and compassion while their child receives treatment close by at John Hunter Hospital.

Carey’s contribution during Covid-19 was critical to ensure the House could continue operations, supporting up to 18 vulnerable families during a profoundly difficult and isolating time – for both families and the charity.


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The Charitable Foundation provides grants to eligible charities that apply for funding and meet set eligibility criteria related to delivering positive outcomes to people who are disadvantaged, isolated and marginalised in the community.

Newcastle Permanent Building Society sponsors events and initiatives that offer exposure and opportunities to promote the Newcastle Permanent brand.

A program logic model (also known as outcome model, outcome logic, logic model, or outcome hierarchy) helps you to clearly document the project idea from end to end, to create a simple project road map that describes the what and how of the project.

The program logic lays out the sequence of steps required to reach the desired outcomes. The steps include identifying the inputs, activities, outputs, and outcomes (from short, to long-term). An important aspect of program logic is the identification of any assumptions that link steps.

This road map allows you to monitor the project road travelled, and if taking another path is required, it allows you to understand why and what the impact of the change might be. This process will provide you with valuable insights and learnings for the evaluation.

The program logic should not replace a detailed project plan, and it should work alongside your project plan. Your project plan should detail all the steps and tasks than described in the program logic and define the timeframe required to deliver each activity / project. The timeframe(s) will be recorded in your application as Milestones.

For more information regarding program logic visit

Funds will be made available once the Funding Agreement is executed and other relevant documentation presented.  Grant funds are provided via electronic funds transfer once the funding agreement has been executed.

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