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More than $500,000 available for Hunter community organisations


Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation (NPCF) is offering community groups in the Hunter a possible slice of a $500,000 pie.

The organisation’s first funding round for 2024 opens on Tuesday 19 March.

There were several big winners at the grant-giving ceremony at McDonald Jones Stadium in December, including Habitat for Humanity Australia – Brush with Kindness ($120,000), Project Rockit – Rising Stars: Supporting the Potential of Young People in Regional Australia ($120,000), Key Employment – Basketball Courts: Connecting to Young People ($91,531), Sharing Stories Foundation – Dunghutti Young People – Strong in Self, Strong in Culture ($86,000), Brave Foundation – Supporting Expecting and Parenting Teen Dads ($75,000), Coolamon Community – Coolamon Community Northern Rivers Southern Expansion Project ($50,000), Fighting Chance – Avenue Newcastle – expanding Avenue’s microbusinesses and supporting entrepreneurs with disability ($49,500), Vivability – Café VIVA Project Upgrade ($40,000), Lung Foundation Australia – Lungs in Action Community Exercise Project ($33,839) and Southern Cross University – Challenges and opportunities for social inclusion among childbearing immigrant women of non-English CALD background in Northern NSW ($20,000).

Now, more than $500,000 is available again for local not-for-profits and charities with new and existing projects.

Applications will close on 16 April.

To support potential applicants with the process, the Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation is hosting a free, online workshop on Wednesday, 20 March at 10.30am.

Groups can register at

Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation partnership specialist Lanah Maruff said the workshop was open to all and designed to build capacity and understanding of the grant funding model. 

“They are open to anyone interested in learning about our application process and ways to improve their approach to grant writing,” she explained.

“Whether it’s with us, or another funder, we aim to support organisations in putting their best foot forward.

“We are looking for partners and projects that take a new, collaborative and inclusive approach to solving problems in the Newcastle and Hunter community.

“We’re also excited by ventures that demonstrate genuine collaboration between organisations of all shapes and sizes with a shared commitment to address disadvantage for people in their communities.

“Our regional communities continue to face big challenges and we want to ensure our funds go to where they will have the biggest impact.

“We encourage submissions from eligible organisations who can demonstrate an enduring community benefit for those who need it most.”

Applications can be submitted via the Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation website and close at 11.59pm on Tuesday 16 April.

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