NEWCASTLE Permanent Charitable Foundation has announced its latest round of Hunter and regional NSW grants of $773,000, pushing the total amount of funding given in 15 years to more than $19.1 million.
A total of 13 community projects received funding at the foundation’s grant ceremony in Newcastle on Thursday, bringing total funds distributed by the foundation in 2018 to more than $1.56 million.
Started in 2003 by Newcastle Permanent Building Society as a permanent gift to the community with a $30 million endowment, the foundation provides two rounds of grants each year.
More than 100 applications were received in the latest round and charitable foundation chairman Phil Neat said it was always a “challenging” process to narrow down the candidates.
“Every funding round receives high-quality applications from worthy organisations and projects,” he said.
“Selecting the final recipients is always a challenging yet satisfying responsibility for the charitable foundation board, however the innovation presented by the applications from this round ... is clearly recognised.”
Mr Neat recognised the contribution of new board member and NSW Australian of the Year Kurt Fearnley, who joined the board in September.
He said Fearnley’s “instant” contribution was evident in the grant selection process, when the former Paralympian helped improve an application for a planned park to ensure it better catered for the wheelchair community.
Among the Hunter organisations who received funding on Thursday was the The Kaden Centre, which will refurbish and expand its facility in Warabrook that provides a dedicated exercise space for patients undergoing cancer treatment.
“We deliver prescribed, individualised and targeted exercise to people diagnoised with cancer,” she said.
“We also deliver exercise as medicine to people with chronic disease.
“Everything we do is delivered by medical professionals and everything we do is grounded in medical research.”