Port of Newcastle is inviting applications for its Community Partnerships Program
. Funding is available for community groups looking for a helping hand with their next community project, program or event.
Port of Newcastle's Community Partnerships Program seeks to partner with community groups and organisations and invest in projects that make a measurable difference to the lives of people within our community.
Recognising the 217-year history shared by the Port, the City of Newcastle and wider Hunter region, the Program aims to share the benefits of trade growth with the local community members.
Since the Port lease commenced in May 2014, Port of Newcastle has awarded more than $325,000 to a diverse range of projects and organisations spanning education, the environment, youth leadership and development, and community health and wellbeing.
Recipients in 2015 included Carrington Public School Parents & Citizens Association, CityServe, Hunter Brain Injury Respite Options, Hunter School of the Performing Arts Marching Show Band, Hunter Surf Lifesaving Inc., Kooragang Volunteers, Lifeline Newcastle & Hunter, Mayfield West Preschool, Mission to Seafarers, Newcastle Commemorative Services Ltd, Newcastle East Public School, Newcastle Maritime Museum, Newcastle NOW, Newcastle Rowing Club Incorporated, Nobbys Surf Life Saving Club, Robogals Newcastle, Rotary Club of Newcastle, Samaritans, Saucy Jack Classic, Soul Café, Stockton Historical Society, Stockton Surf Life Saving Club, Surfest, TAD Disability Services, Tantrum Youth Arts, and the University of Newcastle.
Port of Newcastle's CEO, Geoff Crowe said the Community Partnerships Program gave the surrounding community an opportunity to partner with the Port and share the benefits of trade growth.
"Like many Novocastrians, I appreciate the tremendous contribution that local groups and organisations make to our community. My team and I are proud to assist these groups in continuing to deliver benefit for our city and community."
Local groups and organisations in the Newcastle LGA that are interested in applying for funding through the Community Partnerships Program are encouraged to download the guidelines and application form available here and contact Sarah Kiely, Port of Newcastle's Communication Officer, with any questions on 4908 8220. Applications close at 5pm on Friday 22 April 2016.
Pictured: Port of Newcastle funded a new sun shade at Carrington Public School, which is used by students and provides a sheltered area for stall holders at the quarterly Carrington Village Markets. The markets are run by P&C volunteers to fundraise for the school and provide essential resources for students.
Pictured: Stockton Surf Life Saving Club's Active Kids program was sponsored by Port of Newcastle during the 2015-16 surf life saving season.
Media enquiries: Lauren Eyles, Executive Manager Communication, via the Port of Newcastle media line: 61 2 4908 8214.