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Sports clubs, not-for-profits and more to benefit from new program

A new online program is set to be a one-stop shop for people searching for grant funding opportunities in Newcastle. 

The Newcastle Grant Finder was launched by City of Newcastle today in a bid to help local businesses, community organisations, not-for-profits, sporting clubs and individuals seek further financial resources.

Maryland Fletcher Football Club vice-president Tom Marshall said the initiative would be a “great tool” for the group.

“I’ve already registered us up and it is going to be terrific, anything that can help to reduce the amount of time we’ve got to spend on grants is a good thing,” he told the Newcastle Weekly

“We are always looking for additional funding to maintain or improve our facilities to increase participation in the game and do our bit in building stronger communities through football.”

Another organisation who plans to make use of the platform is BaptistCare HopeStreet.

Group manager Phil Eastbury said grants were vital for the not-for-profit’s services.

“BaptistCare HopeStreet serves vulnerable and disadvantaged people in our community and we do that through food relief and case support, and we also facilitate local support groups” he explained.

“[Newcastle Grant Finder] means we can focus on the activities we provide rather than having to spend lots of time looking for grants and funding avenues so we can continue to support the most vulnerable in the community.” 

City of Newcastle councillor Peta Winney-Baartz added the program compiled funding opportunities from both the state and federal governments, other agencies and City of Newcastle. 

“It is really going to help those organisations that are seeking assistance,” she said.

“Organisations can set up alerts and save details so it will help them do a more efficient job of finding them. 

“It also contains information and tips about grant writing and a directory of professionals in the area who can assist with grant writing. 

“Our goal is to help local businesses and community groups to access opportunities that will, in turn, support economic growth and community wellbeing.”

To explore funding possibilities visit Newcastle Grant Finder.

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