Pitch for a Healthy Cause Grant overview

nib foundation's Pitch for a Healthy Cause will support three small charities who are working to improve health and wellbeing outcomes for vulnerable and disadvantaged communities of people. To celebrate our roots as a Hunter-based business and foundation, Pitch for a Healthy Cause will focus its support on eligible organisations that are actively supporting communities in the Newcastle and Hunter regions of New South Wales.

A total funding pool of $100,000 will be up for grabs to be shared between three finalists who will be selected to present in person at our 10-year celebration event in Newcastle on 17 October 2018.

The first $10,000 will be allocated by nib customers and the broader community through an online People's Choice vote, and the remaining $90,000 will be pledged by attendees at the pitch night event.

The focus of this grant is to build the capacity of small local charities to continue and expand their great work in the Newcastle and Hunter region.

This grant opportunity is delivered in partnership with The Funding Network, specialists in the delivery of live crowd funding events. The Funding Network's mission is to build the capacity of grassroots non-profit organisations, by helping to democratise giving and by facilitating greater community engagement. 

nib foundation welcomes applications to Pitch for a Healthy Cause from past, current and new partners.

Key dates 

    • Applications open: 25 June 2018
    • Applications Close: 20 July 2018
    • Top six applicants interviewed by selection panel: 20 August 2018
    • Three finalists announced: 3 September 2018
    • Public voting open: 3-30 September
    • Pitch coaching workshop with three finalists: 26 September 2018
    • Pitch Night: 17 October 2018

Please read the grant guideline information below or download the Pitch for a Healthy Cause Grant Guidelines to assess whether your organisation and project are well aligned with the funding priorities and assessment criteria for this grant. 

Pitch for a Healthy Cause Grant Funding Priorities

  • Supporting grassroots organisations who are working to improve health and wellbeing outcomes for vulnerable and disadvantaged communities of people in the Newcastle and Hunter region.
  • Building the capacity of small local charities to continue and expand their great work in the Newcastle and Hunter region.

Pitch for a Healthy Cause Grant Assessment Criteria

  1. To be eligible applicants must be a registered charity with DGR 1 and TCC status. Find out more on our Eligibility page.
  2. Applicants must be small to medium-sized organisations with an average income of less than $5 million per annum over the last three years.
  3. Charities must be working to support the health and wellbeing of disadvantaged people and communities.
  4. Applicant organisations must demonstrate an existing presence in at least one of the following Hunter region Local Government Areas: Cessnock, Dungog, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Muswellbrook, Newcastle, Port Stephens Singleton, Upper Hunter.
  5. Applications will be considered for core funding as well as project-based work. Core operational cost proposals must clearly demonstrate:
    • how the funding will enable them to deliver their work more effectively;
    • how the impact of the funding will be assessed; and
    • how will it increase the capacity of the organisation or increase scale.
  6. Applicant organisations must have strong leadership and a deep understanding of their theory of change for communities.

Pitch for a Healthy Cause Grant exclusions

The following activities and applicants are not eligible:

  • Grants to individuals or students
  • Organisations requiring an auspice arrangement
  • Religious, political or lobby activities
  • Medical or other research
  • Fundraising events or campaigns
  • Purchase of land or buildings
  • Overseas appeals, expeditions or travel
  • Sponsorship, including sponsorships of conferences, events and festivals
  • Endowments, memorials or named academic chairs

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