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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. 

Since 2003 the Charitable Foundation has delivered almost $21.5 million in grants to enable a total of 483 projects and initiatives to benefit those most in need.

More than 15 years of grant giving - our impact since 2003

  • Handshake icon A total of 495 community projects funded
  • Funding $1.5 million in community funding distributed annually
  • who we are icon More than 270 organisations supported
  • News icon $22 million in grants distributed to date

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.

Grant recipients September 2020

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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Being Herd Pathways - Support through Covid-19

Region - Central Coast, Hunter, New England

This $50,000 grant from Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation will enable youth mental health charity, Batyr, to expand its services to support young people throughout the Central Coast, Hunter and New England regions.

The program, ‘Being herd Pathways’, is targeted at young people will focus on enabling at-risk youth to create connections with their peers in similar circumstances while collaborating with employment and training providers for future opportunities, vitally important in this COVID-19 environment.

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The Friday Show (Development of OTC Studio)

Region - Central Coast

Central Coast Post School Options provides individualised support for people living with a disability that bring meaning, purpose and creativity while further developing their social skills.

To enable the continuation of their support services during COVID-19, Options will deliver a new digital program, "The Friday Show", which has been enabled through a $50,000 grant from Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation. The innovative series will see participants enjoy a new interactive and engaging episode each week which provides them with something to look forward to while engaging and connecting with their peers.

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Creating access to trauma counselling services post COVID-19 for women living in the Upper Hunter

Region - Hunter

With no current support services available to women in the Upper Hunter this $44,000 grant from Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation will enable the implementation of a new trauma-informed counselling service to be delivered to vulnerable and at-risk women.

This service will ensure women can better understand their experiences, learn new skills and take control in preventing further episodes from occurring.

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Home Exercise Oncology/Medicine Platform

Region - Hunter

People affected by cancer or chronic health conditions will now be able to access a web-based Home Exercise Program which will help improve patient treatment outcomes.

Developed by The Kaden Centre and made possible through a $48,000 grant from the Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation, this program breaks down geographical, economic, social and physical barriers associated with accessing the service as a result of COVID-19 and will help increase patient wellbeing and survivorship.

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SeeMore Bug Safety - the tiny germs we can't see

Region - All Regions

KIDS Foundation’s 'SeeMore Bug Safety; the tiny germs we can't see' book will be made available to 26,000 children from to 650 preschools thanks to a $50,000 grant from the Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation. This book and supporting resources will help children to understand their role in keeping themselves and others germ-free, as well as recognising they may be feeling worried and anxious.

The grant will also enable the book to be modified to ensure it is culturally appropriate to families with preschool children who are from multi-cultural backgrounds.

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Life Education Equitable Learning - Developing Auslan Proficiency in response to COVID19 and into the future.

Region - All Regions

To help address existing gaps in health education delivery, Life Education NSW will implement a new Auslan translated online education series to special needs schools, as well the train two LENSW Educators to become Auslan Certified Educators.

This $45,000 grant from Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation will enable more children to have the same access to crucial preventative health and mental health education during and beyond COVID-19.

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Medical Wings for NSW

Region - All Regions

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, many seriously ill children have either had to delay treatment plans or place themselves, their families and communities at risk by travelling for major referral hospitals for treatment.

This $50,000 grant from Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation will enable Little Wings to deliver a new project, Medical Wings for NSW to deliver treatment directly to regional communities by flying doctors from John Hunter Hospital to the Hunter, New England and Mid North Coast regions, to provide seriously ill children with access to the treatment they need to survive.

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Supporting students on NSW’s mid north coast adapt to a new COVID normality

Region - Mid North Coast

This $50,000 grant from Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation will enable Mackillop Family Services to adapt their existing trauma program, Seasons for Growth, and deliver it to over 700 young people across the Mid North Coast.

The program will provide a safe community space and ongoing long-term wellbeing support for young people in need.

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MMAD Online Youth Creative Intervention and Support

Region - All Regions

Musicians Making a Difference (MMAD) is a Central Coast based charity that uses the power of music, dance and mentoring to support young people who’ve experienced traumatic childhood experiences and upbringings.

This $50,000 grant from the Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation, will enable the expansion of MMAD’s services outside the Central Coast and into a digital offering for all regions to access. Through the creation of a new online youth centre, the program aims to re-engage isolated youth throughout regional NSW to educate, empower and inspire young people to break negative cycles.

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StrokeLine Outreach

Region - All Regions

As a result of COVID-19, hospital based stroke care has been significantly disrupted. To address this growing health issue, National Stroke Foundation will deliver 'StrokeLine Outreach' using a $50,000 grant from Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation.

This vital new service will integrate and connect stroke survivors with existing services and supports post discharge, so stroke survivors can remain safe at home and navigate their recovery.

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RizeUp Online Education Series

Region - Northern Rivers

In response to social distancing restrictions, RizeUp will adapt their domestic violence support services to create an online education series and awareness program.

Made possible by a $26,000 grant from Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation, the series will inform women on the drivers of domestic violence as well engage volunteers and community members to gain understanding of how to support vulnerable families affected by, or trying to flee, domestic violence.

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“Storytime in Wellington” - Keeping kids connected during COVID-19

Region - Central West

Following the immediate measure to suspend prison visits during COVID-19, children and young people with incarcerated parents experienced increased levels of isolation, anxiety and disadvantage.

A $35,000 grant from Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation, SHINE for Kids will implement a new 12-month project in Wellington and Macquarie Correctional Centres to re-connect children aged 0-10 years with their parents through the power of storytelling. "Storytime in Wellington" will see mums and dads undergo a two-week course to learn the important role storytelling plays in developing and maintaining a bond with their children, followed by a book reading and writing exercise which will be sent to their child to enjoy.

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Waves of Wellness Surf Experience COVID-19 Response

Region - Central Coast, Hunter, Northern Rivers

With mental health issues on the rise as a result of COVID-19, Waves of Wellness (WoW) will deliver tailored Surf Therapy Programs to respond to the needs of vulnerable communities facing unemployment, financial hardship and increased psychological distress.

This $49,000 grant from Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation will see eight, 8-week evidenced-based programs that provide relevant education, support and empower individuals to take control of their own mental well-being delivered throughout Ballina, Yamba, Newcastle and the Central Coast.