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Tuesday, 9 May 2023

Almost $650,000 awarded to 7 new projects at Grant Giving Ceremony.

Seven regional community groups and charities have today been announced as the recipients of almost $650,000 in funding from Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation. The funds will be used to support the delivery of projects and initiatives aimed at improving the health and social wellbeing of vulnerable and disadvantaged people in regional New South Wales.

Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation Chair, Jennifer Leslie, said each of the seven projects would make an important difference in the communities they serve, including the Hunter, Central Coast, Central West, Mid North Coast and New England.

“We have a wonderful array of projects in this funding round, showing both the broad need in our regional communities, and the impressive drive, talent and determination our charity partners and colleagues show every day,” said Jennifer.

“This round includes programs that aim to reunite families, empower Indigenous women and give children with a disability the chance to experience the fun and freedom of cycling. “It shows just how much need exists in our communities and how far the need reaches.”

The projects which will benefit from this funding round are:

Family Inclusion Strategies Hunter – Strengthening Family Inclusion – $94,831

Boys to the Bush – Schools Programs Initiative – $108,800

Foodbank – Central West Community Food Relief Program – $137,000

University of New South Wales – Wirringaa-baa: Women’s Empowerment and Cultural Resilience Project – $146,961

RizeUp – Driving to Safety; Supporting Survivors of Domestic and Family Violence – $55,000

Solve-TAD – Cycling to Freedom for Children with Disabilities – $55,000

SMART Recovery – SMART Central Coast and Hunter – $50,000

Jennifer said that as the Charitable Foundation celebrates its 20th anniversary, it was a time to reflect on past success, present work, and future endeavours.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to pause and appreciate two decades of hard work, during which time our Foundation has distributed more than $26 million, been part of over 550 projects, built hundreds of exceptional relationships with invaluable partners, and changed countless lives.

“Staying in the present, these seven projects remind us of the value and importance our partners have in their communities, and the ways in which their hard work makes a tangible difference every day.

“When looking ahead, we dream big – and at 20 years young, we’re just getting started!”

Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation holds two grant giving ceremonies each year, with the second for 2023 set to be held in December. Many of today’s grant recipients have already commenced their projects, with all expected to be completed by 2025.

Charitable Foundation Chair Jennifer Leslie and Executive Officer Carly Bush.

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