Five central west charities and not-for-profit groups have shared in more than a quarter of a million dollars in funding grants.
Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation announced $800,000 worth of grants 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 projects will share in $380,000 and directly impact communities in the Central West region.
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.
"Each project that received funding today has been recognised by the Charitable Foundation because we know it will make a difference," she said.
"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."
SHINE for Kids, a program helping keep children connected at Macquarie correctional centre in Wellington will receive $60,000.
Little Wings Limited also received $60,000 and Missing School Incorporated received $50,000 for it's See-Be the Robot service for sick kids.
KIDS Foundation were granted $90,000 for their SeeMore eSafety program, and Rural and Remote Medical Services Limited (RARMS) received $120,000 to provide dental and medical services to disadvantaged rural and regional communities using technology.
April Long, Interim CEO of SHINE for Kids said the grant would help their program Keeping Kids Connected which facilitates child-friendly visits for parents incarcerated in Macquarie Correctional Centre in Wellington.
"Children with a parent in prison are the invisible victims of crime," she said.
She said with the grant, children will now be supported by a trained early childhood educator, greeted with a smile and provided with activities to keep them connected to their parent in custody.
"This grant shines a light on them and says you are valued and supported. It means we can grow our reach and be one step closer to supporting all children with a parent in prison," Ms Long said.
Missing School Incorporated CEO and co-founder Megan Gilmour said the money would be used to address the loneliness faced by sick children within the region, by getting them back to school when they are unable to physically a attend.
"See-Be, The Robot Service for sick kids, will help address the learning and social isolation of kids with serious illness in the region by keeping them connected to their school community through the use of telepresence robot," she said.
"See-Be is a dedicated fleet of telepresence robots that enable sick kids to both see and be there, to be seen and heard, and move their See-Be robot around as if they're in class," she said.
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 begin the projects in 2022 and all are scheduled to be completed within two years.
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