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Grant recipients May 2024

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.

TeamUp Sports & Wellbeing Program for Afghan & Syrian Youth

Region: Hunter

Grant: $20,000

Established community health agency STARTTS will deliver a sports and wellbeing program to young Afghan and Syrian refugees in Newcastle. The project will leverage team sports to provide a safe space for young people to connect with others, enhance wellbeing and navigate complex settlement experiences. 

Warm Blankets for Everyone Ongoing Viability and Success

Region: Hunter

Grant: $20,000

Grassroots, volunteer-led organisation Warm Blankets for Everyone will deliver 1,800 handmade high-quality blankets to a diverse range of community organisations in the Hunter and Central Coast to offer comfort and security for people experiencing poverty or homelessness. 

Aviation Tow Motor to Support CareFlight’s Patient Transport Service

Region: Hunter

Grant: $35,000

Critical care aeromedical service CareFlight will purchase a new tow motor to facilitate safe and speedy patient transfers at Newcastle Airport. This will enable CareFlight to provide an effective service to regional communities across the Hunter, Mid North Coast and New England regions, ensuring they have equitable access to healthcare, no matter where they live.

SeeMore Kindness – The Early Intervention Wellbeing Program

Region: Hunter

Grant: $50,000

Health promotion charity, KIDS Foundation, will pilot their new SeeMore Kindness module in 650 early childhood education centres across regional NSW, providing children, their families and educators with lessons and activities that teach kindness as a practice for building empathy and reducing anxiety among children.

Hunter Domestic and Family Violence (DFV) Tech-facilitated Abuse Project

Region: Hunter

Grant: $61,000

The Hunter DFV Consortium will partner with IT social enterprise WorkVentures to build capacity in the domestic violence sector so they can respond to the emerging issue of tech-facilitated abuse and cyber-stalking. This will ensure better outcomes for victim-survivors of this fast-evolving and complex problem.

Integrating Aboriginal Health Workers at Pharmacy

Region: New England 

Grant: $70,000

Building on their extensive experience in delivering primary health care in the New England region, this pilot project will see HealthWISE partnering with community pharmacies to embed Aboriginal Health Workers in retail settings to improve health literacy and medication management for First Nations communities.

Shedding Community Workshop Capacity Building

Region: Northern Rivers

Grant: $81,000

Shedding Community Workshop experienced significant growth in demand for their inclusive and trauma informed services following the 2022 flood disaster in the Northern Rivers. This project will enable them to focus on the long-term sustainability and scalability of their organisation while continuing to deliver their practical resilience building workshops to the community. 

On the Road Home

Region: Central West (Dubbo)

Grant: $86,000

Respected local community organisation Orana Support Service will purchase an all-weather truck to collect furniture donations for clients being supported into long-term housing. This project will improve their capacity to provide safe, dignified homes to the growing number of people experiencing homelessness in the Central West. 

Rewriting Futures – Creating Education & Employment Pathways for At Risk Youth 

Region: Central Coast (Gosford)

Grant: $90,000

Music-based youth development charity Musicians Making a Difference (MMAD) will deliver a new streamlined program for young people who are at-risk or have already disengaged from education and employment in the Central Coast region. Their Rewriting Futures program will provide participants with life skills, social connections and increased confidence. 

The Young Warrior Woman Project

Region: Hunter

Grant: $150,000

The Warrior Woman Foundation will bring its evidence-based flagship program, The Young Warrior Woman Program, to the Hunter. With a holistic and multi-disciplinary approach, the program is designed to support vulnerable young women in their transition into adulthood with a particular focus on financial independence and safe, healthy relationships.

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.

Helping rewrite the future