NPCF’s grant round is open until May 1 for nonprofits tackling social issues in country NSW.

NPCF’s grant round is open until May 1 for nonprofits tackling social issues in country NSW, Andrew Sadauskas Reports.

Beat Cancer @ Work delivers 15-minute talks, as well as education resources to business, community groups and service clubs to help educate organisations, managers, and workers on how to reduce the risk of cancer. The $33,000 grant from Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation was used to purchase a vehicle dedicated to delivering the expanded program throughout regional NSW.

Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation (NPCF) has opened its latest funding round, with charities and nonprofits encouraged to apply for funding to assist local projects that assist disadvantaged communities in regional NSW.

Twice a year (typically in April and October), NPCF offers a total of $800,000 for important community projects that benefit the Hunter, Mid North Coast, Central West, Central Coast, Northern Rivers, and New England communities.

The current funding round, which closes on Tuesday May 1, is open to projects that improve the health and social wellbeing of disadvantaged, marginalised, and isolated people, especially at-risk or disadvantaged young people.

While there is no set maximum or minimum grant size, they typically range from $10,000 to $500,000 per project, with an average of $50,000. Grants are provided for one-year periods and will not be provided for multi-year projects.

To be eligible, organisations need to be endorsed by the ATO as a Type 1 Deductible Gift Recipient with 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.

Organisations seeking grants are also required to be incorporated as a legal entity, such as an association or corporation.

NPCF executive officer Graham Batten is urging all eligible local community-based organisations to make a submission before the funding round closes.

“We invite all charity organisations in the area seeking support for projects that address important community issues to apply for a grant from the Foundation,” Batten said.

“Our mission is to give back to our local communities by supporting projects that have a profound impact on the lives of people in need.

“We hold two funding rounds a year to encourage local not-for-profit organisations which need assistance with worthwhile community programs in regional NSW and we look forward to assisting many more.”

The NPCF is a PAF that was established in 2003 with a $30 million endowment from Newcastle Permanent Building Society as part of its 100th anniversary celebrations.

Newcastle Permanent provides ongoing support to allow the foundation to remain focused on its aims and use 100% of its income to fund and enable charity partners. Since its formation, the Foundation has provided more than $17.5 million in funding to more than 420 community-focused initiatives, including more than $1.5 million over the past year.

Previous funding recipients have included Hunter Medical Research Institute for a first-of-its-kind web platform to help diagnose children with intellectual disabilities, the Nicholas Butters Trust for a paediatric palliative care program, Cancer Council NSW for the Beat Cancer @ Work program, and Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children for an audiometric hearing testing booth.

Groups are encouraged to review the eligibility criteria available here.

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