Community Grant overview

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 2018 - Apply in April

  • 3 April 2018 - Community Grant round opens
  • 30 April 2018 - Community Grant round closes
  • Mid-September 2018 - Applicants will be notified of grant round outcomes
  • November 2018 - Successful projects can commence from November, however many applicants prefer to apply for a calendar year project commencing January 2019.

Please read the grant guideline information below or download the Community Grant Guidelines 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. 

Providing 36 million hours or the equivalent of $1.1 billion in unpaid care and support every week to a dependent family member or friend, carers 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 projects 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 their 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 future generations of Australians by supporting innovative and age-appropriate programs and investing in emerging new 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 activities, our focus is generally on the 12-25 years age-group.

Community Grant Assessment Criteria

Our Community Grant is very competitive and each application will be assessed on how well it addresses the needs of carers or young people. In particular we will assess how applications:

  • Target the health and wellbeing of a well-defined community within Australia 
  • Respond to identified community needs based on consultation or input from that community
  • Demonstrate how you will measure the tangible improvement to health and wellbeing that will be achieved during the project*
  • Address problems in a practical, new and engaging way or address an immediate need that is not currently satisfactorily addressed
  • Demonstrate capacity and capability as an organisation to manage the project
  • Present a considered and clear budget that represents good value for money against comparable projects
  • Articulate a clear project concept with concrete, time-limited, quantified targets
  • Demonstrate how the improvements gained during the funding period will be sustained
  • Demonstrate willingness and opportunity to acknowledge and involve nib

*Please review our Outcomes Guide: Tips for applicants

Community Grant Funding exclusions

Good health and wellbeing is influenced by many factors, however we are not able to support all of these, and therefore nib foundation's Community Grant does not provide funding for:

  • Financial literacy, legal assistance or financial assistance projects
  • Projects that focus on literacy and engagement with education
  • Work experience, training and employment projects
  • Projects delivered in a clinical or school setting

The following activities and applicants are not eligible for funding:

  • Grants to schools and sporting clubs
  • Religious, political or lobby activities
  • Fundraising events or campaigns  
  • Purchase of land or buildings 
  • *Core operating costs*
  • Overseas appeals
  • Sponsorship, including sponsorships of conferences, events and festivals
  • Grants to individuals or students
  • Medical or other research 
  • Capital equipment and motor vehicles
  • New buildings, refurbishment, renovation and fit-out
  • Activities which collect funds for redistribution
  • Expeditions or overseas travel
  • Endowments, memorials or named academic chairs

* Core operating costs: We define core operating costs as the expenses associated with your organisation existing and operating its core programs, including office overheads and salary of key positions. You may however apply for funds to directly support the cost associated with delivering the project that you are seeking support for, including salary of project staff and supervision/management.