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Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Charitable foundation funding up for grabs

Twice a year, the Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation provides funds to help not-for-profit and charity organisations’ dreams become a reality.

It’s now time for the second round of applicants to apply, with newly appointed Charitable Foundation Chair, Jennifer Leslie, urging all community-based not-for-profit organisations that have new or existing projects to apply for funding before applications close on 22 October. 

The foundation is particularly interested in charities that address key areas of health, young people, and social disadvantage.

“Local communities are experiencing hardship and challenges as a result of COVID-19 and the Charitable Foundation is committed to our mission to help people who are disadvantaged, marginalised, or isolated and supporting social opportunity and development in our regional communities,” Ms Leslie said. 

“We’re looking to fund projects that use innovative solutions, but also deliver a local approach to addressing important community issues, including those arising due to the social and economic effects of COVID-19.

“Our vision is to support projects that help to rewrite the future for people who are in need in our regional communities.”

The foundation is encouraging Hunter charities to put forward their grass-roots projects that address important local issues.

This year, the application portal and website have been improved.

It includes a more efficient expression of interest process and improved guidance materials so charities can continue to focus on their important work in the community.     

“Since 2003, the charitable foundation has approved over $22 million in funding to almost 500 community projects and initiatives, all in regional NSW,” Ms Leslie said.

“Each successful project is selected for its ability to make a meaningful difference to the lives of people and build healthy, safe and resilient local communities.  

“We’re looking forward to continuing our work with Hunter charities as together we can improve social and well-being outcomes for community members in need.”

Expressions of interest are now open.

To apply, visit the website.

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