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$100,000 up for grabs through Port of Newcastle initiative


Local organisations have less than two weeks to apply for financial assistance through a much-loved Port of Newcastle (PoN) initiative.

The annual Your Port, Our Community program, which boasts up to $100,000 in 2024, is open to community groups and not-for-profits seeking funding to kick-start a project that supports a vibrant and sustainable locale.  

However, applications close at 5pm on Friday 19 January.

CEO Craig Carmody said PoN was proud to play a major role in the prosperity of NSW… and the Hunter. 

“Your Port, Our Community adds further value by assisting others to deliver ventures in thriving communities surrounding the Port,” he explained.

“With a pool of up to $100,000 available across three categories, we are looking to support local projects that align with the Port’s corporate social responsibility ethics, raise Port of Newcastle’s profile and help to strengthen relationships with key stakeholders.

“The program aids organisations, groups and charities to deliver initiatives that benefit those who live, work and play by the harbour.

“As a significant employment and economic contributor to the region, we are proud to be able to further support our surrounding community again this year through Your Port, Our Community.

“In 2023, we awarded a record number of grants.

“Fifteen local organisations received funding for a range of social and environmental programs and initiatives of Port significance or alignment, including mental health, domestic violence support, disability services, sporting initiatives, environmental projects and volunteering.

“With so many worthy local groups, we’re expecting to receive a high number of applications again.

“And, we’re pleased to increase the available funding pool this year.”

Applications are welcomed across three categories:

Our People: Supporting projects that align with the Port’s values and deliver benefits to communities located within or adjacent to the Port and harbour;

Our Partnerships: Supporting projects that foster strong relationships within the Port and community and support engagement and enablement of local community members through critical pathways; and

Our Plant: Supporting projects that provide environmental benefits to the Port and/or its surroundings.

“We have enlisted the assistance of representatives from our Community Liaison Group to join the judging panel for this round,” Mr Carmody said.

“We’re confident that they will add another layer of insight into what matters to the community and help to ensure a broad cross section of worthy recipients are supported.”

Applicants should visit to apply or gain more information about the application categories.

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