HUNTER charities working to improve the life outcomes of families and communities could be eligible to apply for grants of up to $350,000.
Greater Charitable Foundation is calling for funding applications to its latest round of grants, which opens on Monday, February 25.
The foundation has allocated more than $8 million to 28 charitable organisations throughout NSW and Queensland since 2011.
Greater Charitable Foundation CEO Anne Long said with the Expression of Interest form already available online, charity groups can start their application immediately.
“We understand the majority of not-for-profits rely heavily on volunteers and time is a precious commodity, so we wanted to ensure community groups have ample opportunity to complete their application this year to give them the best shot at receiving the funding they require,” she said.
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“Community groups can apply for funding between $30,000 and $350,000, for single through to multi-year programs. Applications are required to demonstrate how the initiative will provide practical, life-changing outcomes for those set to benefit.
“Over the past eight years we have taken great pride in the work our dedicated charity partners have undertaken in their respective communities, particularly here in the Hunter.”
More than 50 per cent of the funding committed by the foundation since its establishment has been directed towards 20 Hunter-based community groups.
One such beneficiary is OzHarvest, which was successful in the 2018 funding round.
It received $90,000 over three years to allow the rollout of its NEST education program across the region.
The program delivers a series of hands-on cooking and nutrition workshops that teach people in need the skills and knowledge to nurture themselves through healthier eating choices and food preparation.
“As a not-for-profit we rely on corporate donations and community funding to deliver our wide range of food rescue services. Education programs are one such example and are crucial to help achieve our goal to enable positive change for vulnerable people,” OzHarvest NEST coordinator Lea Browning said.
“Without the funding assistance provided by Greater Charitable Foundation, we would not have been able to deliver 125 NEST workshops and counting to 762 participants in the Newcastle region.
“Furthermore, the support provided through the foundation goes well beyond financial. We also get the added bonus of regular visits by Greater Bank employee volunteers who give up their valuable time to help coordinate these sessions.”
This funding round close Friday, March 29.