$800,000 on offer for Hunter not-for-profits

With the effects of COVID-19 stretching charities and not-for-profit groups to the limit, the Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation is rolling up its sleeves to bolster these worthwhile causes.

To that end, the Foundation is offering $800,000 to supportcommunity-based organisations across regional NSW that require funding for a new or existing project that aims to address disadvantage or offer new opportunities for marginalised or isolated people.

“In the context of continuous restrictions and lockdowns, local charities and not-for-profit organisations have found carrying out their normal work more difficult and complex, and in some cases impossible,” Foundation Executive Officer Graham Batten said.

“While COVID-19 is a global problem, we’re looking local. We believe we can make a real difference by supporting grassroots organisations, embedded in their local communities across regional NSW. That’s why we want to hear from charities and not-for-profit groups in the Hunter.

“Together we can help to rewrite the future, for the better.”

Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation has a long history of supporting regional communities. Since 2003 its grant program has invested more than $23 million in 512 projects and initiatives to help local communities’ most vulnerable people.

Some of the projects to benefit include Mai-Wel’s Sensational Spaces project, Centre For Hope’s COVIDSafe Outreach program and The Kaden Centre’s Home Exercise Oncology Program.

“We know there’s a lot of worthy programs looking for support, many of which are under considerable pressure right now, so we’re making it as easy as possible for organisations to apply,” Graham added.

“In addition to a range of tools to guide them through the application process, our website includes information on virtual grant-seeker workshops which we will hold in coming weeks.

Applications close at midnight on Friday 22 October. Head here for more information.

Tracy Mac chatted with Executive Officer Graham Batten on Newcastle Live Radio to find out just how easy it is to apply for the grants.

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