Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation today announced funding grants totalling $800,000 to support 12 regional NSW charities and not for profit groups to deliver life-changing projects and infrastructure to support their local communities.
Five of the 12 projects will directly impact communities and groups in the New England and North West regions, courtesy of funding totalling $405,000.
Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation Chair, Jennifer Leslie said the projects were chosen on the impact they would have on defined areas of community need in regional NSW.
"The 12 grants provided today will enable projects that directly address disadvantage, marginalisation or isolation to help at-risk youth and vulnerable people in our local communities become more resilient and better connected," said Ms Leslie.
"Each project that received funding today has been recognised by the Charitable Foundation because we know it will make a difference. I've seen first-hand the long-lasting impact our grants have in delivering projects and outcomes that help create opportunities for those in need to thrive. These projects will help to rewrite the future for many."
The five projects from this funding round which will benefit the New England and North West regions are:
Clare Pearson CEO of Little Wings said Medical Wings 2.0 will fly healthcare workers and equipment to regional communities and deliver remote clinics treating children with serious medical conditions that can no longer delay treatment or travel due to compromised immune systems or medical vulnerabilities.
"Medical Wings 2.0 will reach 750 children in need of specialist care close to home, alleviating the need to travel to major hospitals and improving the standard of care for already marginalised families," said Ms Pearson.
"This grant helps ease the stress and burden that regional and rural families face when they simply don't have easy access to medical treatment for their very unwell child and we are very grateful for the Charitable Foundation's continued support," she said.
Funding of $85,000 was granted to Sunnyfield to enable the Community Bound project, which Grants Coordinator, Jenny Aiello said will address the lack of access to appropriate modes of transport for people living with a disability in Armidale and the surrounding regions.
"The grant for will open doors and opportunities for the people living with disabilities in Armidale and Uralla to be more active and involved in the community through improved access to social, recreational and community activities," Ms Aiello said.
"Without the funding, we are reliant on staff using their own vehicles or the people we support missing out on opportunities. We feel very privileged to have the support of Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation."
This is the second grant ceremony for the Charitable Foundation for 2021 and brings the total amount granted this year to $1.73 million, and almost $24 million since the first grant was provided in 2003.
"This is certainly the ideal way to round out what we acknowledge has been another challenging year for our partners and we're looking forward to working with this round of grant recipients as they bring these projects to life from early next year, giving hope and support to those who need it," Ms Leslie said.
Funding recipients will commence the projects in 2022 and all are scheduled to be completed within two years.
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