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Grant recipients May 2023

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.

Strengthening Family Inclusion initiative

Region: Hunter

Grant: $94,000

Aiming to improve outcomes for children in out-of-home care, FISH will provide the parents of these children with support, knowledge and skills, contributing to higher rates of family preservation and restoration/reunification.

Family Inclusion Strategies Hunter (FISH) logo

Schools Programs initiative

Region: Central West

Grant: $108,800

This program will assist 160 at-risk Forbes and Bathurst based boys, who might otherwise fall through the cracks, to connect to their community and realise their potential.

Boys to the Bush logo

Central West Community Food Relief Program

Region - Central West

Grant: $137,000

This one-year pilot project will hire, train and provide a vehicle for a Community Food Relief Coordinator to support sustainable food accessibility for those in the community who do not have food security.

Foodbank Limited logo

Wirringaa-baa: Women’s empowerment and cultural resilience project

Region: New England

Grant: $146,961

This project aims to prevent and reduce Aboriginal family violence, and enhance social and emotional wellbeing. Through education and training, Aboriginal women will be empowered, have improved independence, and be enabled to further upskill the broader community.

University of New South Wales logo

Driving to safety – supporting survivors of domestic and family violence

Region: Hunter

Grant: $55,000

By providing a vehicle, this initiative will enable RizeUp to collect donations that will furnish homes for survivors of domestic and family violence.

RizeUp logo

Cycling to freedom for children with disabilities

Region: Central Coast

Grant: $55,000

This program will gift a custom-built Freedom Wheels bike to 25 children with physical and cognitive disabilities who are unable to personally afford or access NDIS funding to purchase such a bike, introducing them to the social benefits of cycling.

Solve-TAD logo

SMART Central Coast and Hunter

Region: Central Coast

Grant: $50,000

This program will train 20 Lifeline Counsellors across two hubs to deliver SMART (Self-Management and Recovery Training) Recovery meetings, which provide clients with evidence-based addiction and mental health support.

SMART Recovery logo

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