Nova Alliance Bank has upped the ante to help local charities.
Since it was established in 1964 as a local credit union, the Nova Alliance Bank has provided grants and incentives to local charities but in 2020 decided to expand the grant program.
This year five local charities each received a grant of $5,000 to help support a program that directly benefits their communities. These organisations and supported projects are:
- ConnectAbility- support the cost of transportation supplied to ConnectAbility customers, including the older community, child and youth and people living with a disability.
- Got Your Back Sista – conduct a monthly Feast with Friends (I Cook to Say NO to Domestic Violence) , a cooking initiative inviting the community to cook and create food with friends whilst learning the principles of using healthy and affordable ingredients.
- Hunter Breast Cancer Foundation- develop a virtual women’s wellness hub, providing specialised exercise programs, virtual support groups and meditation and mindfulness programs for local women impacted by breast cancer.
- Hunter Melanoma Foundation – to purchase sun screen that will be provided free to the community as part of the organisation’s commitment to ‘check and protect’.
- Soul Cafe – to enable Soul Cafe to continue to support the lives of vulnerable people in Newcastle through initiatives such as free meals.
Nova Alliance Bank CEO, David Franklin, said that the Board with the support of staff and members agreed to expand the grant program.
“There is no doubt that the Covid19 pandemic has thrown many challenges to our community, particularly in the not-for-profit sector.
“This year we decided to increase our support and provide five organisations within our community with a grant.
“Each grant provides additional financial support to projects so that they can operate within their communities,” David said.
The Hunter Breast Cancer Foundation has begun work on the wellness hub with an expected launch date of early 2021.