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nib foundation to grant $100,000 to grassroots charities

Applications for the nib foundation’s special grants round is now open for charities registered in the Newcastle and Hunter region

The nib foundation will celebrate its 10 year anniversary with a special grants round worth $100,000 for charities in the Hunter region.

Applications are now open for charities in the Newcastle and Hunter regions that are actively supporting local communities. The Pitch for a Healthy Cause grant focuses the nib foundation’s support on its original roots in the Hunter.

Executive Officer of the nib foundation, Amy Tribe, said: “There are so many deserving charities that work tirelessly every day to tackle health issues in our community

“Through this special grant round we’re offering a helping hand by providing the chance to raise awareness and secure financial support for their cause.”

The funding will be allocated to the winning charity in two parts with $10,000 to go to a ‘People’s Choice’ vote in the lead up to the event and the remaining $90,000 to be allocated during the Pitch Night event by invited attendees.

“What better way to celebrate our milestone anniversary than by giving back to the community that has supported both the foundation and nib throughout the years.”

To be eligible charities must demonstrate an existing presence in the Newcastle and Hunter region; including Cessnock, Dungog, Lack Macquarie, Maitland, Port Stephens, Singleton, Muswellbrook and the Upper Hunter.

Three finalists will be chosen to participate in the Pitch Night in October to pitch for their share of the grant. This will be allocated by nib customers and attendees.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity to share the spirit of giving with our stakeholders and build the capacity of smaller local charities to continue and expand the great work they are already undertaking in the Hunter region,” Tribe said.

The finalists will be given pitch coaching from the event partner, The Funding Network, as a “valuable opportunity to work on their value proposition that will help them set up for future success in securing report for their missions.”

The foundation was first established in 2008 after a $25 million donation from nib health funds raised through new shares at the time of nib’s listing on the Australian Securities Exchange. The foundation has since provided $16 million to 100 charities.

“We’re excited to be celebrating our 10th anniversary through this special grant round and pitch night,” Tribe said.

“It’s a great opportunity for our closest stakeholders to come together to celebrate the great work of the foundation and its partners, while also taking part in a positive initiative that brings to life what nib foundation is all about – helping people and communities live healthier lives.”

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