2014 Community Grant

Our next grant round will be open Monday 2 June 2014 and close Friday 27 June 2014.

The application form will be available clsoer to the grant round. Please refer to the Eligibility, and Application Process pages for further information about the Community Grant.

nib foundation's Community Grants program aims to support locally-based initiatives which will make a difference to the health and wellbeing of communities across Australia. Through the Community Grant program, nib foundation will partner with up to 10 organisations each year. These grants will generally be awarded for a period of one year only.

For information on the foundation’s current community partners see the Community Partners page or view our latest Community Report.

What are our focal areas?

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


Often invisible contributors to the health of the community, Australia’s 2.6 million carers have been identified as facing some of the lowest levels of wellbeing in society.

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 aims to address the needs of carers by supporting health and wellbeing programs designed specifically to improve the lives of carers through additional support, education and resources.

Young people - aged under 25 years

Despite the many positive indicators of the health and wellbeing of young Australians, the next generation continue 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.

nib foundation is dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of future generations of Australians by supporting innovative and age-appropriate programs,adding value to existing services, or developing new approaches to health issues facing young people.

What are the Community Grant Assessment Criteria?

The Community Grant round is very competitive and applications will be assessed on how well they address the criteria outlined below:

  • The program must target the health and wellbeing of a well defined community within Australia, with preference given to the focal areas of young people and carers

  • The program must be able to demonstrate a measurable improvement/impact on lives and health outcomes

  • Preference is given to programs that address problems in a new way or address issues not currently satisfactorily addressed

  • Your organisation must show capacity (skills of staff) and the capability to manage the program, including financial management

  • The program must respond to identified community need based on consultation or input from the community

  • The program budget must be realistic, clear and represent good value for money against comparable projects

  • The program must be a well developed concept with concrete, time-limited aims and objectives, and clearly quantified target

  • The application should demonstrate how the program will be self-sustaining beyond the 12 month funding period

What activities fall outside the Community Grant criteria?

The scope of activities devoted to improving the health and wellbeing of a community is very broad and activities which fall outside of nib foundation's Community Grant eligibility criteria are:

  • Grants to individuals, including students

  • Grants to schools and sporting clubs

  • Activities which collect funds for subsequent redistribution to other charities or individuals

  • Fundraising events or activities

  • Purchase of land or buildings

  • Refurbishment to fabric of buildings, including renovation and fitout

  • Core operating costs

  • Overseas appeals

  • Sponsorship or marketing appeals, including events and festivals

  • Expeditions or overseas travel

  • Endowments, memorials or named academic chairs

  • Conferences or seminars

  • Religious, political or lobby purposes

  • Equipment and motor vehicles

  • Research projects