Miracle Babies Foundation was awarded $40,000 to support premature and sick newborns.

Miracle Babies Foundation was awarded $40,000 to support premature and sick newborns.

The St.George Foundation has given a total of $400,000 to 10 nonprofit organisations focused on improving the lives of socially, economically or physically disadvantaged children, including funding for new services for premature babies.

The donations were made through the second round of foundation’s biannual Community Grant program, which offers up to $50,000 to charities with a gross annual revenue under $5 million across NSW, the ACT, Queensland and WA.

Among the recipients is the NSW-based Miracle Babies Foundation, which is getting $40,000 to expand its NurtureGroups program, including establishing play groups and other activities to support premature and sick newborns.

NurtureGroups provides a safe and secure play and learning environment to children aged under six after leaving a neonatal intensive care unit, along with support services for parents and carers.

“Every day in Australia 132 babies are born requiring some type of specialised care. St.George Foundation’s funding means we can now expand our NurtureGroups program where children can learn and play in a safe and secure environment,” Miracle Babies Foundation CEO Kylie Pussell said.

NSW-based organisations are the biggest beneficiaries of the funding round, with $50,000 going to Lifeline Broken Hill, $45,000 to Mahboba’s Promise for Afghani youth groups, $21,781 to Autism Advisory and Support Service for therapy room upgrades and $15,500 to Surf Life Saving Northern Beaches.

In Queensland, GingerCloud Foundation is receiving $50,000 to expand its Modified Rugby Program for children with a disability, while WA’s Telethon Type-1 Diabetes Family Centre is getting $27,850 to establish a diabetes health check room.

Grants to national organisations include $50,000 to The Pinnacle Foundation for LGBTIQ youth scholarships, $50,000 to One Disease to fight Crusted Scabies in Indigenous communities, $49,450 to Sanfilippo Children’s Foundation, and $1000 to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.

Since 1990, the St.George Foundation has given a total of over $30 million to 800 community organisations, assisting more than 800,000 children.

“The organisations have been awarded funding because they all perform important work in our communities,” St.George Foundation head Vanessa Barry said.

“From supporting children diagnosed with a rare disease to providing assistance to premature and sick newborns, these charities are making a real difference to the lives of children in Australia.”

The current funding round is open until February 2nd 2018.