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Rewriting futures across regional NSW

There are a lot of good people doing a lot of good things in our community. From funding youth mentoring and disability programs, to mental health funding, we provide community grants for important projects across regional NSW.

2020/21 highlights and impact

  • Funding Icon $1.5 million in total grants
  • who we help icon 527 projects funded across regional NSW
  • staff volunteering 3 focus areas health, young people & social wellbeing
  • who we are icon 48,000 people directly reached
  • apply for sponsorship An additional $600,000 for COVID-19 community recovery projects
  • passionate people Our 500th project with PCYC NSW

Grant recipients May 2022

Each year the Foundation provides approximately $1.5 million in grants to eligible charities and community organisations for projects, initiatives and programs which meet our funding criteria and address important community issues that the Foundation has identified as key focus areas.

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'TSC Hunter' – The first comprehensive clinical service for deaf children in the Hunter region.

Region - Hunter, New England, Central Coast, Mid North Coast

The Shepherd Centre will establish the Hunter region’s first comprehensive clinical service for deaf children and their families.

This $110,000 grant will bring TSC’s world-leading therapies to local hearing-impaired children, helping to develop their speech, communication, emotional resilience, and preventing the need to travel to Sydney.

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Food for Thought

Region - Central Coast

This program will teach at-risk Central Coast young people about nutrition, how to shop, budget and cook healthy food.

With this $30,000 grant, the program will build financial literacy in the classroom, and also incorporate exposure to, and understanding of, where food comes from and how the students can produce their own food.

YOTS partners with Grace Springs Farm in Kulnura where students are able to construct their own permaculture site.

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WHOS Hunter - Day Program Fitout

Region - Hunter

Filling a gap in local support services, WHOS Hunter will use this $27,000 grant to fit-out new premises for a flexible drug rehabilitation day program.

It will provide pre- and post-treatment support for clients waiting to enter residential rehabilitation or who have previously engaged in a residential rehabilitation service but still require support to stay healthy.

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Happy Paws Happy Hearts "Explore" - Youth Employment Program

Region - Hunter

The Happy Paws Happy Hearts Foundation Explore program helps disadvantaged, isolated and vulnerable young people to build connections and confidence by learning to care for shelter animals.

This $75,000 grant will assist with transitioning young people to employment, volunteering or further education.

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OzHarvest Central Coast & Lake Macquarie Food Rescue Expansion

Region - Central Coast, Hunter

OzHarvest’s yellow vans rescue quality, surplus food destined for landfill from supermarkets, restaurants and businesses, and deliver this free to charities feeding people in need.

This $90,000 grant will fund a new food rescue van for the Northern Central Coast and Lake Macquarie regions, a new area for OzHarvest.

It will enable OzHarvest to engage an additional 15 food donors to support 20 local charities.

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Newcastle Toy Library Refurbishment

Region - Hunter

The project will fit out and upgrade the Newcastle Toy Library, which assists families from all backgrounds with affordable access to quality toys, games and puzzles.

This $40,000 grant will be used to fit out space in the Toy Library for ongoing occupational therapy and child development activities. The space will also become more accessible for people with disabilities.

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Grad Camp

Region - Central Coast, Hunter, New England

Clinically supported by a head psychologist, this newly created program at Feel the Magic aims to ensure 17 and 18-year-olds who have experienced the loss of a parent or sibling build the strategies they need to live healthily with their grief through some of the milestones and challenges of transitioning to adult life.

This $55,000 grant will help the program respond to childhood bereavement being a significant and often overlooked social and public health issue in Australia, hindering wellbeing and potentially derailing future trajectories for our young people.

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Deadly Kids... Healthy Mob!

Region - Mid North Coast

This Galambila Aboriginal Health Service nine-week program aims to ‘close the gap’ for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children by improving school readiness, school attendance and overall health outcomes for future generations.

This $140,000 grant will help provide an innovative and localised child-focused early intervention parenting group, delivered with cultural integrity and sensitivity through clinical services.

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Autism Camp Australia - Helping Hands Project

Region - Northern Rivers, Mid North Coast, New England, Hunter, Central West, Central Coast

The Autism Camp Australia Helping Hand Program will enable 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.

Designed to support people aged seven to 14 diagnosed with Autism spectrum disorder (ASD), these programs will use this $87,000 grant to focus on improving health and wellbeing for these young people and their families.

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Fair Go AFOs: A digital health solution for children with disabilities living in Regional NSW who require Ankle-Foot Orthoses (AFOs)

Region - Northern Rivers

With this $120,000 grant, Fair Go AFOs will deliver localised orthotic care for Northern Rivers children with physical disabilities, such as Cerebral Palsy, who require ankle-foot orthoses (AFOs), removing the need for yearly trips to Sydney for these children and their families.

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Bringing Rainbow Clubs to Northern NSW

Region - New England, Mid North Coast, Hunter, Northern Rivers

Rainbow Club Australian Inc teaches children with disabilities about water safety through tailored lessons, creating pathways for them to participate at mainstream sporting outlets with greater confidence.

It facilitates inclusion in mainstream sport, which is often denied to young people with a disability. This $60,000 will bring Rainbow Clubs to Northern NSW.

Here for generations to come

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.