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Newman’s Own Foundation 2015 charity grants

This year’s funding round focused on Empowerment and Paul Newman’s legacy of making a difference to the underserved and/or disadvantaged in our community.

Registered charities were invited to nominate individuals from within their organisations whose work empowers others to overcome extraordinary adverse circumstances, and/or provides equal access to human rights and contributes to the development of a civil society.

We congratulate the charities selected to receive The Empowerment Project grants, their projects can be viewed by clicking here

Newman’s Own Foundation would also like to acknowledge and thank the many charities that applied for the 2015 funding round. Unfortunately it is not possible to support all the many worthy projects however we encourage charities from around Australia to continue to visit our Facebook page at or this site for further funding opportunities in 2016.

Thanks to Brodee & Matt

Brodee Myers Cooke and Matt Preston

The Newman’s Own Foundation would like to thank Editor, Brodee Myers Cooke and Masterchef Judge and Co-Host, food journalist, restaurant critic & recipe writer Matt Preston for their assistance in inviting charities around Australia to apply for funding in 2014. Brodee was also involved with the selection of charities to share in $USD1 million in grants.

Charities with a specific project in the area of nutrition received grants of up to $100,000. To view the 2014 Newman’s Own Foundation grant recipients please click here.

Thanks to Hugh & Deb

Hugh Jackman and Deborra-lee Furness

Newman’s Own Foundation would like to thank Hugh Jackman and Deborra-lee Furness for assisting in the selection of the charities that shared in $USD1 million in funding last year. Charities with a specific project in the areas of Children with Life-Limiting Conditions and/or Empowerment received grants of up to $75,000. For a full list of successful charities recipients visit-

2013 Blue Mountains bushfire grants

Following the devastating 2013 bush fires in the Blue Mountains NSW, Newman’s Own Foundation gave grants totaling $150,000 towards three organisations:

Winmalee Rural Fire Brigade, which celebrated its 50 year anniversary in 2012, received a $75,000 grant for a new fire truck after suffering the worst fires in five decades.

Zig Zag Railway was built in the 1860s and located at Clarence in the Blue Mountains NSW. On Thursday 17 October 2013, fire swept through the area decimating both rolling stock and maintenance/servicing equipment. The Railway received a $25,000 grant to purchase a much-needed backhoe.

A third Newman’s Own Foundation grant of $50,000 went to the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC) for their volunteer training initiative. The AFAC recognises that a significant proportion of the fire and emergency service workforce lives and works in geographically isolated locations and therefore an online training program that is designed for use in an ‘all hazards’ context can provide much needed awareness training, development and assessment across the industry.

Thank you Sue

After 30 years of dedicated service to Paul Newman’s Own and the Newman’s Own Foundation Sue Home is stepping into an honorary advisory role to the Newman’s Own Foundation in 2013.

Sue’s commitment has been outstanding and she has provided a vital link to Australian charities seeking funding from Newman’s Own since the products were first launched in Australia. Her efforts have helped to bring about Paul Newman’s vision of making our world a better place.


Newman’s Own Foundation CEO Mr. Robert Forrester visited Australian in April 2012 to launch the charity funding program, which focused on ‘children with life-limiting conditions’ and ‘nutrition’.

The launch was held at a charity event in Brisbane where Mr. Forrester had the opportunity to meet many of the Foundation’s previous Queensland grant recipients.

Also making its first Australian appearance at the event was Paul Newman’s original 1963 VW Beetle convertible. The vehicle was recently purchased by a local Brisbane identity who kindly allowed the customised V8 to go on display at the entrance to the venue.

Paul Newman’s personal V8 Beetle – from Hollywood to Brisbane!