Over $770,000 of funding granted to Hunter charities

Over $770,000 of funding granted to Hunter charities

More than $770,000 has been distributed amongst nine charities and community groups – including six in the Hunter – by Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation.

The funding supports the delivery of projects and initiatives aimed at improving the health and social wellbeing of vulnerable people across regional NSW.

Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation offers two rounds of funding each year, with this round seeing the Foundation surpass $25 million in grants since 2003.

Chair of Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation, Jennifer Leslie said the foundation’s momentous 25 million milestone made this funding round a cause for extra celebration.

“Whilst $25 million is a significant amount of money, what’s even more significant is the collective difference it’s made in thousands of lives across regional communities over the past two decades,” Jennifer said.

“Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation is in the privileged position of witnessing firsthand, year after year, grant after grant, the tremendous amount of hard work and dedication that goes into these projects and the meaningful, long-lasting impacts they create.

“This funding round is certainly no exception, with the recipients each recognised by the Foundation for their outstanding contribution to projects and initiatives that we’re confident will deliver positive outcomes for disadvantaged and at-risk people across the Hunter.”

Peer and Family Support Manager from Spinal Cord Injuries Australia, Rob Wynn said their project was a game-changer for people in the Hunter who have suffered a spinal cord injury.

“There are around 400 people with spinal cord injuries in the Hunter, a number that increases each year, and to date they have had to travel to Sydney for a range of needs, as there are no community peer support services in our region,” Rob said.

“A spinal cord injury is a life-changing event that impacts every aspect of a person’s life, from physical concerns such as chronic pain through to mental health issues including post-traumatic stress disorder and depression.

“This grant of $121,000 from Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation means we can offer people with spinal cord injuries the necessary support they require – from acute care and rehabilitation through to developing independence at home and in the community – right here in the Hunter.

“We want to thank Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation for partnering with us on this important project and we look forward to working together on it.”

“We look forward to working closely with these nine partners in 2023 to support their passions and bring their diverse range of projects – which address everything from mental health to domestic and family violence, to youth support and overlooked medical conditions – to fruition to be utilised by those who need them most,” Jennifer said.

“As we come to the close of another grant round, we acknowledge there are still so many good people doing so many good things in our local communities.

“This is why it is so important for us to continue to give back, so that we can help local groups do what they do best and make a meaningful difference in people’s lives now and for future generations to come.”

The grant recipients are scheduled to launch their projects in the new year, with all expected to be completed by 2025.

IMAGE | More than $770,000 has been distributed amongst nine charities and community groups.

Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation

The Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation distributes around $1.5 million in grants each year to facilitate charitable projects to address disadvantage in local communities throughout the Hunter, Central West, Central Coast, New England, Mid North Coast, and Northern Rivers regions of NSW. Since its establishment in 2003, the Foundation has provided more than $25 million to more than 540 community initiatives.

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