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Christmas came early for 10 organisations, thanks to the Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation (NPCF).

The organisation wrapped up another successful year with its ever-popular grant ceremony at McDonald Jones Stadium on Thursday 14 December.

But, it was the recipients of the latest round who walked away with the presents.

More than $685,000, with close to $400,000 for groups working locally, will now dispense meaningful change within the community.

A jolly Mrs Claus, doubling as NPCF executive officer Carly Bush, said the projects were selected for the quality outcomes they would deliver to the lives of disadvantaged and marginalised people in regional NSW.

“These new initiatives will offer much-needed support and potentially life-changing opportunities to youngsters, victims of domestic violence, those living with disabilities and First Nations communities,” she explained.

“It’s fantastic to see such wonderful work happening in our community.

“We’re proud to welcome international charity Habitat for Humanity to the Hunter to continue their work in repairing and renovating local social and transitional housing units for those in need, providing them with comfort and dignity.

“We are also excited to assist all our new partners to deliver real and lasting positive impact where it’s needed most.

“The NPCF supports organisations of all shapes and sizes.

“So, we feel privileged to be working with both local grassroots groups, as well as national and international charities, all of which work tirelessly to improve the lives of those they serve.”

Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation projects

Habitat for Humanity Australia – Brush with Kindness ($120,000)

  • Drawing on its global experience in affordable housing, Habitat will expand to the Hunter and Central Coast for the first time. Their project will engage 150 volunteers to repair and refurbish 20 social and transitional housing units to provide high-quality accommodation and a sense of dignity for people facing disadvantage, especially those escaping family and domestic violence.

Project Rockit – Rising Stars: Supporting the Potential of Young People in Regional Australia ($120,000)

  • From humble origins, Project Rockit is now a nationwide youth-led grassroots movement striving to reduce bullying. In 2024, the Project Rockit Foundation will deliver student workshops addressing bullying, cybersafety and mental health in 15 regional NSW high schools.

Key Employment – Basketball Courts: Connecting to Young People ($91,531)

  • Two popular basketball courts at Key’s Youth Hub in Coffs Harbour will receive a much-needed upgrade. Used by at-risk youth and people with a disability, the upgraded facilities will provide a safe and inclusive space for them to enjoy and engage with Key Employment services.

SharingStories Foundation – Dunghutti Young People – Strong in Self, Strong in Culture ($86,000)

  • Thirty Year 10 students from Macleay Vocational College will learn a range of digital media skills, including film and audio fundamentals, video production, editing and post-production. They will take their new skills and knowledge on Country to record knowledge chosen to be shared by Custodians.

Brave Foundation – Supporting Expecting and Parenting Teen Dads ($75,000)

  • Building on their extensive experience working with teen parents, this project will see Brave focus specifically on dads. Ten dads aged under 25 will be matched with a professional mentor for 12 months to support their parenting journey, helping these young men to fulfill their personal goals and participate in their community.

Coolamon Community – Coolamon Community Northern Rivers Southern Expansion Project ($50,000)

  • Beautifully curated and culturally appropriate cribs will be presented to 240 expecting First Nations mothers to celebrate the birth of their child. Recipients will also be connected to healthcare and other service providers to support the pregnancy, birth and infancy of their child.

Fighting Chance – Avenue Newcastle – expanding Avenue’s microbusinesses and supporting entrepreneurs with disability ($49,500)

  • People living with disabilities will be given opportunities to generate income through Avenue Newcastle’s microbusiness program. The project will train, mentor and support 14 entrepreneurs to develop a business plan to kick-start or scale-up their business.

Vivability – Café VIVA Project Upgrade ($40,000)

  • Established Bathurst disability service provider Vivability will upgrade their kitchen at Café VIVA to ensure it is fit-for-purpose, safe and an attractive place where people living with disabilities can find meaningful employment with fair pay.

Lung Foundation Australia – Lungs in Action Community Exercise Project ($33,839)

  • Respected national charity the Lung Foundation will establish its Lungs in Action programs in the Hunter, Mid-North and Central Coast. The project will train 10 local registered fitness professionals to support patients living with eligible chronic lung and/or heart conditions.

Southern Cross University – Challenges and opportunities for social inclusion among childbearing immigrant women of non-English CALD background in Northern NSW ($20,000)

  • The challenges and barriers faced by immigrant women of child-bearing age will be researched by an experienced group from Southern Cross University. Led by a team with lived experience, the project will inform future practices to reduce the disparities in healthcare and social services currently experienced by this cohort.

Founded in 2003, the Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation has provided more than $26 million in grants to over 550 projects to date.

It offers two rounds of funding each year for groups across the Hunter and regional NSW.

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