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Charities to receive share in $900,000 grant pool

The Greater Charitable Foundation has gifted $900,000 in their most recent grant round, bringing the total contribution to $8 million since its start in 2011

More than $900,000 in funding has been granted to six major charities as part of a funding round to organisations delivering crucial services to the community.

The Greater Charitable Foundation gifted the six recipients, including both new and previously funded partners, between $25,000 and $334,000 to deliver services to those in need across the Hunter, regional NSW and South East Queensland.

Greater Charitable Foundation CEO, Anne Long, said the foundation was “delighted” to continue its support of established programs, as well as expand its impact to cover new initiatives operating to fulfil a valuable need in the community.

“We are so proud of how far the foundation has come in the last seven years,” Long said. “Especially in terms of the spread of programs we support and the geographical research our impact is having.”

This most recent funding brings the Greater Charitable Foundation’s contribution to community groups to more than $8 million since its establishment in 2011.

Long added that the foundation was “faced with a difficult task” of choosing the grant recipients, and out of 150 applications, “the charities we have welcomed on board complement the work of our existing partners in making an impact on the lives of those most vulnerable across the communities in which we operate.

“Through the process of allocating our annual funding we strive to ensure a variety in the programs we support to enable the greatest possible impact to the greatest number of people in need,” Long said.

The foundation’s six new partners will join the ranks of five existing charities, including CanTeen, Tantrum Youth Arts and the University of Newcastle. These groups remain under contract to deliver prevention and support programs across the areas of health, youth development, education and research.

 

The 2018 charity partners are:

National Centre for Childhood Grief (Hunter) – support of an intensive workshop on ‘Children’s Grief’ for school counsellors in the Hunter region and the distribution of ‘Grief Resource Packs’ to rural and regional schools throughout NSW.

Cancer Patients Foundation (Hunter and regional NSW) – fund 25 Look Good Feel Good workshops, designed to help adult cancer patients deal with the physical side effects caused by cancer treatment.

Clontarf Foundation (Hunter and regional NSW) – help sustain Clontarf Academies throughout Upper Hunter, Central West, New England and Manning Valley, which provide in-school re-engagement programs for at risk, indigenous male students.

McGrath Foundation (Hunter) – sustain the role of Hunter-based McGrath Breast Care Nurse to provide physical, psychological and emotional support to individuals suffering from breast cancer.

OzHarvest (Hunter and QLD) – support the Nutrition Education Sustenance Training (NEST) program throughout the Hunter and Gold Coast regions. A five-week educational program for disadvantaged young people, families, men and women seeking to develop practical skills and knowledge in nutrition.

Children’s Hospital Foundation (QLD) – support a hospital-based Child Life Therapy (CLT) program, designed to help counteract the fears, misconceptions and anxiety that hospital experiences can provoke in children.

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