About our Programme

With our business hosted in Newcastle, and most of our employees living locally, we are committed to providing support to local organisations, charities and projects that address areas of need in our community.

Our Community Investment and Partnership Programme delivers $750,000 to a range of different community groups, initiatives and events each year.

The focus of our programme is to:

  • Deliver value back to the Newcastle community – particularly portside suburbs
  • Address a specific need or opportunity within the community to contribute to the overall sustainability of the region
  • Deliver benefit to many people (not just individuals)
  • Build capacity, skills and/or knowledge with individual and organisations

Applications for funding must meet Port Waratah’s requirements and objectives. Before applying, please review the information below to determine whether your application aligns with our programme.

Priority Areas

What are the priority areas of the Community Investment and Partnership Programme?

Port Waratah's Community Investment and Partnership Program prioritises programmes, initiatives, or projects which are concerned with:

  • Diversity
  • Education
  • Environment
  • General Community
  • Health

Assessment Criteria

Potential Partnerships are assessed based on whether the proposed programme, initiative or project:

  • Aligns with Port Waratah's values
  • Demonstrates sound governance and organisation capacity
  • Addresses areas of need or disadvantage
  • Demonstrates benefits to the Newcastle local government area with a focus on portside communities
  • Offers an opportunity for employee engagement and recognises the contribution made by our employees in the community
  • Is willing to develop strong relationships and further partnerships
  • Realises opportunities to contribute to a sustainable and vibrant Newcastle


What types of programmes, initiatives and projects are ineligible for consideration?

Exclusions to the Community Investment and Partnership Programme include:

  • Individuals, including students
  • Activities viewed as the responsibility of government
  • Programmes with a political or religious purpose
  • Organisations established for private gain or benefit
  • Overseas appeals or projects
  • Travel, study or conferences
  • Scholarships
  • Sporting clubs/teams without clear secondary benefit aligned with Port Waratah's priority areas and objectives (please refer to our grant process for Youth Sport in Portside Suburbs)
  • Programmes or activities based outside the Newcastle LGA
  • Activities/projects that will have ongoing reliance on Port Waratah support for survival

How do I apply for funding?

Find out how to apply for funding or download the application forms.

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