Hunter community groups have received a bright start to 2015 after being granted funding as part of nib foundation’s sixth annual Community Grants Program.
nib established its charitable organisation, nib foundation, in 2008 with a $25 million donation that was raised at the time of their listing on the Australian Securities Exchange.
nib foundation Chairman, Keith Lynch, said the foundation partnered with the local organisations as they deliver practical approaches to meeting the unique health and wellbeing needs of these groups in the Hunter region.
“Healthy communities are the key to improving the lives of Australians now and for future generations, which is why we focus our support on initiatives that deliver real health outcomes for local communities,” Keith said.
“Whether it is through expanding current services or introducing new programs that help reduce the gaps in existing services each of these funded projects give young people and carers the opportunity to live healthy, happy lives,” he added.
Four local programs are among 14 charities that will share in $350,000 worth of funding and collectively, the new Hunter partners will receive more than $50,000 to support their community programs in 2015. The beneficiaries and their programs are:
- Cooks Hill Surf Life Saving Club: Implement water safety and awareness program to assist Newcastle’s refugee community participate in beach activities.
- Disabled Surfers Association Australia: Acquire new equipment to support volunteers at the Hunter branch hold surf days for people with a disability.
- Families Supporting Families Inc: Support the 2015 Carers Caf√© Plus events enabling carers of special needs children in Newcastle to connect with peers, services and information.
- Learning Links: Run Train the Trainer workshops to assist disability providers in the Hunter region to deliver the Parents as Case Co-ordinators program to local families.
More than 450 applications for funding were submitted for the foundation’s community grants program, up 150 per cent on the previous funding round. Keith said the unprecedented rise in applications was a reflection of the increasingly competitive environment for private sector support.
“We know that 2014 was a tough year for Australia’s social sector with charities seeing an increase in demand for their services while at the same time Government funding for many programs was diminishing,” Keith said.
“The number of applications we received demonstrated the significant demand for funding programs such as our Community Grants program, to help the many wonderful organisations continue their good work for our community.”
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