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Charity opens $750K funding grant round for community orgs

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Not-for-profit and charity organisations seeking funding for local projects have until 13 April 2021 to apply for a grant from Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation as part of its latest funding round.

Executive officer Graham Batten says the foundation has again allocated three quarters of a million dollars in this funding round to supporting local community-based organisations across regional NSW who require funding for a new or existing project that aims to address key areas of disadvantage in their community.

“Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation has a long history of supporting regional communities, with our grant program having invested more than $22 million in 270 organisations making a real impact to the lives of others since 2003.”

“In this funding round, we will allocate $750,000 to make an impact in local communities across our footprint through helping charities to rewrite the future for people who are disadvantaged, marginalised, or isolated,” Batten said.

Among the projects funded by the foundation is Fighting Chance Australia, which received $160,000 to develop an innovative co-working space that continues to provide opportunities for people with disabilities. The Kaden Centre also received $48,400 to create the Home Exercise Oncology Platform, a web-based exercise program for people living with cancer and other chronic health conditions.

Meanwhile, RizeUp Limited used $26,600 to create an online education awareness program for people affected by domestic violence. The program also engaged community members to understand ways to support vulnerable families affected or attempting to flee domestic violence.

“Each successful project is selected for its ability to make a meaningful difference for our communities’ most vulnerable people,” Batten said.

Applications open via the Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation’s website from 17 March and close on 13 April 2021. To be eligible for funding, a group must be endorsed by the Australian Taxation Office as a Type 1 Deductible Gift Recipient and hold Tax Concession Charity status, be registered with the Australian Charities and Not-For-Profit Commission, and be a not-for-profit organisation which is charitable at law, and a legal entity such as an incorporate association of corporation.

“We know there’s a lot of worthy programs looking for support, especially following the added challenges of the last year. We’ve made it as simple as possible for organisations to apply via our website where they’ll also find a range of guidance materials as well as information on virtual funding grant support workshops we will hold in coming weeks,” Batten said.

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