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New grants of more than $780,000 will fund work in communities

The Foundation has now contributed more than $17.5 million to positively change lives.

Friday, 8 December, 2017

The Foundation’s latest round of funding will bring to life 16 community projects, initiatives, and programs across regional NSW with the aim of changing thousands of lives for the better.

The latest round of grant funding announced on Friday 8th of December totalled more than $780,000 and was the Foundation’s second round of grants for 2017, taking the total donated since 2003 to $17.56 million. 

Cancer Council NSW Community Programs Coordinator Glen Parsons said the grant to his organisation, of close to $33,000, could help its Beat Cancer @ Work program spread lifesaving information. The program was launched in 2016 and presents information about how to reduce the risk of cancer to people in their workplace. 

“We know that one in two people will be diagnosed with cancer before the age of 85,” Mr Parsons said. “The important thing about Beat Cancer @ Work is that 40% of all people diagnosed are of working age, so it’s important that we get to that workplace and deliver that message. And we can now do that, thanks to the Foundation grant, as efficiently and effectively as possible, delivering those messages further into the Hunter and Central Coast regions. Certainly the feedback suggests these talks could save lives.”

Will from Musicians Making a Difference
Will from Musicians Making a Difference.

"This is evidence that the support provided by the Foundation has a real and positive impact in our communities"

Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation Chair Phil Neat

batyr Partnerships Manager Jono Peatfield said the grant of $50,000 to his organisation would allow it to expand their youth mental health program to NSW’s Central West region.

"We’re a youth mental health organisation and our two core aims are to smash the stigma surrounding mental health and in turn increase the help seeking rates of young people," Mr Peatfield said.

"Essentially we’re using the grant from Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation to significantly expand our reach in Central West NSW. So we’ll actually be able to run 12 of our school programs where we take a young person who has a lived experience of mental ill health back into the school environment as part of our structured program. Through the 12 programs batyr will reach around 2000 young people, with our message that 'it's ok not to be ok' and support is there when they need it."

Grants totalling over $400,000 will facilitate projects to improve the lives of disadvantaged and at-risk youth; more than $240,000 will go towards improving community health and well-being; and more than $130,000 will support the social well-being of marginalised and isolated people.

Foundation Chair Phil Neat said the quality of candidates and applications in this round were incredibly high.

"Selecting the final recipients was challenging; however, the innovation presented by today’s grant recipients has been recognised by the Foundation Board," Mr Neat said.

"Today, we provided funding for 8 new partners and 8 new projects with partners we’ve previously supported. It’s important to the community that we’re able to support the programs and initiatives of new partners as well as support those we’ve successfully partnered with before, and who are now applying for support for new programs and initiatives. This is evidence that the support provided by the Foundation has a real and positive impact in our communities."

Each of the projects that received a funding grant at today’s ceremony will start in the coming months and all will be completed by the close of 2019. This means that the community will begin to reap the benefits of the funded initiatives and projects by early next year.

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