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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.

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

  • Handshake icon A total of 512 community projects funded
  • Funding $1.5 million in community funding distributed annually
  • who we are icon More than 270 organisations supported
  • News icon $23 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 May 2021

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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ATWEA College - t/a Alesco Senior College

Region - Hunter, Mid North Coast

This $70,000 grant will provide seven Alesco Senior College campuses with a purpose-built mobile laboratory, allowing adult students to explore and build skills equal to their peers attending mainstream schools. 

Alesco Senior College offers adults a second chance at completing their Higher School Certificate (HSC) in an inclusive and supportive environment.

With limited space and resources to deliver valuable laboratory science–based experiential learning activities to their students, our grant will provide seven Alesco Senior College campuses with a purpose-built mobile laboratory, allowing students to explore and build skills equal to their peers attending mainstream schools.

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The Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation

Region - Mid North Coast

Educational and wellbeing outcomes for marginalised young people living on the Mid North NSW Coast will be improved through the rollout of the arts based literacy and numeracy program, Subtext.

The Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation is dedicated to raising language, literacy and numeracy standards in Australia with a particular focus on providing support to disadvantaged and marginalised communities.

Research indicates Mid North Coast NSW communities face significant literacy and numeracy disadvantage, recording above-average levels of disengagement from education and high levels of transgenerational illiteracy.

Funding of $55,000 will enable the roll out of Subtext, an arts based program which aims to improve educational and wellbeing outcomes for marginalised young people, particularly with a cultural adaptation for indigenous participants.

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The Cancer Council NSW

Region - Northern Rivers

Cancer Council NSW provides vital support services to people affected by a wide variety of cancers. Getting to and from life-saving treatment and appointments is a critical challenge faced by thousands of cancer patients, adding stress and financial pressure during an already traumatic period.

Charitable Foundation support of $32,000 will enable the purchase of a new Transport to Treatment (T2T) vehicle, providing the continuation of the service to remote and rural patients undergoing cancer treatment throughout the Northern Rivers region.

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CanTeen Australia - Newcastle Cancer Hub

Region - Hunter

CanTeen Australia is a national organisation dedicated to helping young people affected by a cancer diagnosis in their family to feel understood and supported. Like many organisations, COVID-19 instigated a need for change within CanTeen’s organisation and service delivery.

This $90,000 grant will enable the creation of Newcastle’s first dedicated ‘Cancer Hub’ which will act as a one stop shop for families and individuals affected by cancer who require access vital information and support services.

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Housing Plus - Courtesy bus for women residing at The Orchard, the Orange domestic and family violence centre

Region - Central West

Housing Plus is a specialist community services provider that delivers positive social outcomes for disadvantaged individuals and families throughout regional NSW. One of the most significant barriers for women fleeing domestic violence in the Central West, particularly Aboriginal women, is access to safe and reliable transport.

This $71,000 grant will enable Housing Plus to purchase a minibus for The Orchard Crisis Accommodation Centre which can comfortably accommodate women, children and their belongings, helping them to seek safety.

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Centre for Hope - Pop Up Drops COVIDSafe Outreach: Hope on the Streets

Region - Hunter

Dedicated to addressing the increase in unemployment and social issues amongst disadvantaged youth, particularly post COVID-19, Centre for Hope empowers disadvantaged youth to lead an inspired life through respect and connection with the wider community.

This $78,000 grant will enable the creation and rollout of a new outreach program, Hope on the Streets.

The program will see the purchase of a mobile coffee van that will travel throughout the Hunter and Lake Macquarie regions, helping to ignite activities and friendships for disadvantaged youth within a supportive and safe environment.

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The Mirabel Foundation Inc - Therapeutic Intervention for Young People Recovering from Crisis

Region - Hunter

Mirabel is the only organisation in Australia solely dedicated to helping children who have been orphaned or abandoned due to parental drug use, helping them to reach their full potential as adults.

With almost 50% of the children Mirabel supports in NSW currently living in the Hunter and Central Coast regions, this $60,000 grant will enable the creation of a Therapeutic Intervention Program for young people recovering from crisis and will help to address the psychological and educational needs of vulnerable young people who have been orphaned or abandoned due to parental drug use.

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The Trustee For The Nicholas Butters Trust - Building beautiful memories

Region - Hunter

The Nicholas Trust supports the provision of Paediatric Palliative Care services and facilities for children with a life-limiting condition and their families. Australia is one of the safest places in the world for a baby to be born, yet death within the perinatal period is not uncommon.

This $124,000 grant will enable The Nicholas Trust to deliver Australia’s first bereavement care program at John Hunter Hospital. The “Building Beautiful Memories” project will create a homelike living space within John Hunter’s NICU facilities, allowing families to create a lifetime of memories from brief precious moments.

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Wheelchair Sports New South Wales - Northern Region Wheelchair Basketball Program

Region - Hunter, MNC, Central Coast, CW, NE

Wheelchair Sports NSW are dedicated to changing the lives of people living with a disability through participation in sport. There are few opportunities for people living with a disability in regional areas to participate and receive the benefits of organised sport.

This $64,000 grant will remove this barrier, enabling Wheelchair Sports NSW to expand their Wheelchair Basketball program across regional NSW, providing young people and adults living with a disability the health and social benefits being part of a team sport provides.

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Teach Learn Grow Incorporated - TLG NSW Rural Program Continuation and Expansion

Region - Central West

Teach Learn Grow Incorporated (TLG) is committed to creating a society where every child has equal opportunities in education regardless of their location, background or circumstance. They are committed to decreasing the known gap that exists among Indigenous and regional students, who are on average 75% below the baseline in mathematics.

This $26,000 grant will enable TLG to expand their Rural Education Program which recruits, trains and transports high-achieving, passionate volunteer university students to rural schools across NSW for tutoring services, helping to improve educational outcomes, career prospects and self-fulfilment for disadvantaged youth.

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Marathon Health Limited - Sense Rugby – kick starting team sports for children with developmental difficulties

Region - Central West

Marathon Health aims to provide equal access and quality health services and programs to all people despite their location. The organisation has identified and aims to address the limited opportunities available for children living with a disability in regional areas to participate in mainstream sports.

This $48,000 grant will enable the introduction of a Sense Rugby program in Dubbo, which will provide children living with a disability with a safe and supportive environment to enhance their developmental and social skills.

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“Friends with Dignity Limited - The Sanctuary Program

Region - Hunter

Friends with Dignity (FWD) provides practical programs to assist survivors of domestic violence in collaboration with refuge and crisis centres.

FWD understand that leaving an abusive relationship is a vulnerable time for survivors and aim to provide support to those wanting to start afresh by alleviating some of the financial and emotional pressures associated with fleeing domestic violence.

This $32,000 grant will enable the expansion of FWD’s Sanctuary Program, which supports those who are seeking to transition from crisis accommodation to a new permanent home and will fund essential items for the family to start over, including toiletries, kitchen packs right through to whitegoods and beds.

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Caring For Our Port Stephens Youth (COPSY) Incorporated - Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation Sustaining Mental Wellbeing for generations in Port Stephens

Region - Hunter

Caring for Our Port Stephen’s Youth (COPSY) advocates, facilitates and supports free counselling services for youth living in Port Stephens region.

This $55,000 grant will enable COPSY to provide 700 free youth counselling sessions in Port Stephens this year, helping provide an accessible avenue of support to prevent them from suffering in silence.

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Police Citizens Youth Clubs NSW Ltd - PCYC GRIT (Special Project)

Region - All regions

PCYC NSW has a rich history of helping disadvantaged youth reach their goals through role modelling and providing a safe, fun and friendly environment for young people to learn and grow and a long partnership with Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation.

This $125,000 grant will mark Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation’s 500th project funded and will enable PCYC to deliver a pilot mental health program for youth throughout regional NSW.

Growth, Resilience, Intervention for Teens (GRIT) offers disadvantaged youth with a suite of evidence-based activities that link physical, mental, emotional and nutritional health to strengthen their resilience as they navigate the often turbulent teenage years.