Foundation’s latest grants supports range of regional NSW’s causes

Fri, 16 Dec 2022

Organisations supporting a range of causes from spinal cord injuries, disability, family violence, young refugee women and epilepsy have received grants in the latest Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation grants.

More than $770,000 in grants has been distributed among the nine charities and community groups as part of the Foundation’s support for initiatives and projects that improve health and wellbeing of vulnerable people in regional NSW.

The organisations and projects are:

Jenny’s Place: A project to deliver an early-intervention children’s support program in domestic violence crisis centres.

Spinal Cord Injuries Australia: A community peer support project to improve health and wellbeing for people in the Hunter region of NSW who are living with spinal cord injury.

Wheelchair Sports NSW and ACT: Northern Region Road Safety and Disability

Hunter Medical Research Institute: new treatment for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

The University of Newcastle: Social and Economic Resilience of Young Migrants and Refugee Women

LeaderLife: Let’s GROW with Aquaponics

Caring for Our Port Stephens Youth: Early Intervention Youth Mental Health – Port Stephens

Batyr Australia: Normalising help-seeking to improve health and social outcomes for youth across mid-North Coast communities.

Epilepsy Action Australia: Youth Peer Support- Connecting Young Australians with Epilepsy

This round of funding – one of two offered annually – brought the Foundation’s total grants made since 2003 to more than $25 million.

Newcastle Permanent Foundation Chair Jennifer Leslie said the milestone made the current grant round a cause for celebration.

“Whilst $25 million is a significant amount of money, what’s even more significant is the collective difference it’s made in thousands of lives across regional communities over the past two decades,’’ she said.

She said the Foundation was privileged to see the amount of hard work and dedication behind each of the projects and the meaningful and long-lasting impacts that followed.

“This funding round is certainly no exception, with today’s recipients each recognized by the Foundation for their outstanding contribution to project and initiatives that we’re confident will deliver positive outcomes for disadvantaged and at-risk people across regional NSW,’’

Jennifer Leslie Chair, Newcastle Permanent Foundation