Community Funding and Support

Hero.jpgPictured: Grainery Church are a past grant recipient and provide free meals to the community

Rapid response grants

We have provided $110,000 for existing service providers to cope with increased urgency and demand, as well as information on community services and support Newcastle programs.

Rapid Response grants are part of an expanded Community and Economic Resilience Package designed to combat the economic and social impacts of the current lockdown.

The grants will allow existing service providers to supply nutritious food and vouchers for essential needs, improve access to community services, address issues such as social isolation, and increase access to affordable internet, digital technology and equipment to improve participation in education and access to essential services.

Grant recipients:

  • ACON – emergency food and personal care relief packs
  • Awabakal Ltd – culturally tailored communication, outreach and support resources and materials
  • Catholic Care Social Services – emergency relief packs and casework support
  • Community Disability Alliance Hunter – peer-led social support and public health information package
  • Family Support Newcastle – mother and baby items, web connectivity resources and food and toiletry packages
  • Got Your Back Sista – emergency food relief and counselling vouchers
  • Hamilton Seventh-day Adventist Church Pantry – food hampers, essential items and toiletries
  • Hunter Multicultural Communities – welfare packs and multilingual newsletter production
  • Hope Street Wallsend and Mayfield – food preparation and emergency relief packages.
  • Jesmond and Maryland Neighbourhood Centre - small equipment IT purchases for phone and web connectivity
  • LIVEFree Project Hamilton South – scaling up of existing service to meet demand for welfare checks
  • Newcastle Beacon – emergency relief food and pharmacy packages
  • NOVA for Women – emergency accommodation funding and small equipment purchases for phone and web connectivity
  • REACH Homeless Services – food and hygiene packs
  • SOUL Café – short term staffing costs for mental health clinician and street manager.

These grants build on a previous series of rapid response grants we delivered in the first 30 days of COVID-19.

BaptistCare is just one of these grant recipients. Demand for their emergency relief care-packs and crisis food hampers increased considerably, their grant helped them continue to provide this support and be there when anyone reaches out for help.