During the first quarter of 2017 we are inviting eligible organisations to submit a brief Expression of Interest (EOI) to be invited to apply to our Multi-Year Partnership program. A total of $1.5 million is available for allocation to a number of new projects in the coming year.

Download our Multi-Year Partnership Guidelines and read the information below to carefully assess whether your organisation and project idea is 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 before you Apply

Multi-Year Partnership program overview

nib foundation's Multi-Year Partnerships program aims to help people and communities live healthier lives.

We seek to support innovative health promotion and primary prevention initiatives that help Australian youth and young adults reduce modifiable health risks including, but not limited to; drinking alcohol at risky levels, smoking tobacco, physical inactivity, poor diet and obesity.

Our Multi-Year Partnership program supports a small number of organisations over a number of years to develop, pilot, scale and evaluate widely accessible new approaches that encourage people to make positive lifestyle choices.

The foundation distributes more than $1.5 million in grants each year, with around 70% of this budget allocated to ongoing and new Multi-Year Partnerships. There are no set funding rounds as potential partners are identified proactively based on strategic priorities, however, interested organisations may submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) as a first step in applying for Multi-Year Partnership funding.

Multi-Year Partnership funding priorities

Our funding priorities are underpinned by the fact that far too many Australians die prematurely or live for many years with suboptimal health and wellbeing related to chronic illness. 

Many of the leading chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, mental health disorders, some cancers, and back pain share the same and multiple risk factors.

The current Australian Burden of Disease study reports that 31% of this disease burden is preventable, being due to modifiable risk factors including:

  • Smoking tobacco
  • Consuming alcohol at risky levels
  • Physical inactivity
  • Poor diet
  • High body mass index

While these risk factors are the biggest contributors, we are also interested in initiatives that target other lifestyle risk factors that contribute significantly to chronic ill health.

We seek to fund unique and practical health promotion and primary prevention initiatives that are widely accessible and help everyday Australian youth and young adults to:

  • Increase health knowledge and skills
  • Improve health related attitudes and beliefs
  • Take action to improve health related lifestyle
  • Develop and maintain motivation for behaviour change

We are interested in initiatives that achieve one of more of the following:

  • Use new and existing technology and digital health solutions
  • Create a community of support that encourages health promoting behaviours
  • Are multi-faceted and work to foster cultural change as well as providing support at an individual level
  • Collaborate to translate new evidence into practice in the community in a way that is practical, scalable and sustainable

This program does not provide funding for pure or medical research, or clinical trials.

Multi-Year Partnership assessment criteria

nib foundation's grant programs are very competitive. Applicants that are invited to progress from the EOI stage to submit a full application will be required to:

  • Articulate a well-developed understanding of how the proposed program will engage Australian youth and younger adults to address our funding priorities 
  • Present a compelling rationale based on existing evidence and show a commitment to build new evidence and share learnings through robust evaluation 
  • Demonstrate that your organisation's strategic focus, geographic footprint and capability can support the design, promotion, implementation and sustainability of a high quality and engaging program
  • Establish a simple and practical framework for accurately measuring and reporting the number of people benefiting and how well the program is achieving its intended outcomes 
  • Present a considered and clear budget that represent good value for money against comparable projects
  • Describe why we are the right corporate foundation to support this program and how the broader nib health funds group might be involved

2017 EOI and application process

There are four key steps in the EOI and application for funding process

  1. Submit a brief EOI for your project idea or concept by 17 March 2017
  2. Selected applicants will be invited to discuss their EOI in more detail
  3. A limited number of applicants will be invited to submit a full application
  4. Final applicants present to the nib foundation Board

It is very important to note that nib foundation's Multi-Year Partnership program is a boutique program that works with a small number of partners over a number of years.

There is no set grant round, with potential new partners identified and developed on an ad hoc basis. It generally takes many months working closely with us to prepare a fully developed proposal for consideration for funding by the nib foundation Board.

We are very mindful of the resources required to prepare a fully developed proposal which is why we offer a two-step process. Our EOI form is designed to enable you to outline a brief concept for our consideration. There will be time at steps 2-4 for successful EOIs to be developed into a full application.

Contacting the foundation

We understand that potential applicants may wish to contact us prior to submitting an EOI, however, due to our limited capacity to respond to a high volume of enquiries, we thank you in advance for submitting an EOI as a first step, and waiting for us to make contact if we need further information.

All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their EOI by 1 May 2017 by email.