nib foundation Community Grants

Application Date: 
Monday, May 1, 2017 - 9:00am to Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 5:00pm
Outside Queensland
$5,000 to $50,000

nib foundation's Community Grant program supports practical, community -based initiatives that focus on improving the health and wellbeing of vulnerable and disadvantaged Australians, with a focus on youth and carers.

A Community Grant round is held once each year and applications are invited from eligible organisations across Australia.

One-off funding of $5,000 to $50,000 will be provided to 10-15 organisations each year to undertake new or existing projects that run for approximately 12 months.

We encourage applications from both local and national charities, working to improve health outcomes in the Hunter region of NSW as well as other metropolitan, regional and rural communities across Australia.

Preference is given to discrete projects that can be delivered in a community setting within the 12-month funding period and can demonstrate sustained benefits beyond the funding period.

Key dates for 2017 - Apply in May

1 April 2017 - Community Grant Guidelines and application form now available to download at the Apply page
1 May 2017 - Community Grant round opens and online lodgement available
31 May 2017 - Community Grant round closes
Mid-September 2017 - Applicants will be notified of grant round outcomes
November 2017 - Successful projects can commence from November, however many applicants prefer to apply for a calendar year project commencing January 2018
Please read the information below to carefully to assess whether your organisation and project idea are well aligned with the funding priorities and assessment criteria for this grant.

Remember to check that your organisation is eligible to receive funding from nib foundation on our Eligibility page.


Community Grant Funding Priorities
We support community-based programs that improve the health and wellbeing of our two focal groups by:

Supporting vulnerable and at risk individuals to improve their physical, mental and social wellbeing
Building capacity to cope with health challenges through improved resilience, social connectedness, mentoring and peer support
Facilitating access to reliable, current and targeted health information and education
Trialing new and improved ways of tackling entrenched health problems

Focal areas
Preference will be given to programs that address one of nib foundation's identified focal areas.


Australia's 2.8 million carers are a key part of our mental health, palliative care, chronic illness and disability sectors. Yet carers are often identified as facing some of the lowest levels of wellbeing in our society.

Every week carers across Australia provide 36 million hours, or the equivalent of $1.1 billion, in unpaid care and support to a dependent family member or friend. In doing so, they often experience significant personal challenges including employment difficulties, lack of time to maintain personal physical and mental health, as well as stress and depression.

nib foundation seeks to support health and wellbeing programs designed to improve the lives of Australian carers who provide unpaid, informal care to a family member, friend or loved one. Programs could encourage carers to better look after own physical and mental health, or assist them to improve the care they provide, through improved education, peer support, connections, information or resources.

Young people - aged under 25 years

Despite the many positive indicators of the health and wellbeing of young Australians, the next generation continues to face significant and complex health challenges including high rates of mental illness, lack of physical activity and rising obesity, at-risk behaviours related to drugs and alcohol, and family disadvantage. Many young Australians are also living with a disability or chronic illness.

We are dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of this group of Australians by supporting innovative and age-appropriate programs and investing in emerging approaches to issues facing young people. We believe that targeted support at the right time can help vulnerable youth to overcome disadvantage and health challenges in order to reach their full potential.

We define young people as under 25 years of age, and while we may support early childhood programs, our focus is generally on the 12-25 years age-group.