NAB Foundation Grants

Up to $500,000 is available from NAB Foundation to help not-for-profits and social enterprises find innovative solutions to the challenging societal issues.

NAB Foundation Grants

NAB Foundation Grants

The NAB Foundation Grants aim to support greater social innovation to enable charities and social enterprises to explore and promote new or different ways of solving long-term societal problems in the areas of financial inclusion and resilience, social cohesion and environmental wellbeing.

The NAB Foundation Grants promote social innovation in our focus areas. Social innovation is defined as using new or different approaches or solutions to tackle societal issues. This could be something new or different in approach, application or solution. It could also mean using new or different forms of collaboration, technology or other enablers.



The NAB Foundation is designed to enable positive social outcomes through financial grants and other support to charities and social enterprises. Since it was established in 2008, the NAB Foundation has invested approximately $9.2 million in the community with a focus on mental health and wellbeing.

The NAB Foundation’s focus is to support greater social innovation to enable organisations to promote new or different ways of solving long-term societal problems. The NAB Foundation is now able to grant to charities and social enterprises to support a program, project, initiative or organisation tackling social problems in one or more of our focus areas.


Grant Categories

Domestic & Family Violence Support Grant

The Domestic & Family Violence Support Grant which aims to support work in prevention, early intervention and improvement in support to victims by supporting initiatives that include but are not limited to those that:

  • Focus on preventing violence including the cultivation of respectful relationships or considers cultural requirements within certain communities
  • Aim to stop the cycle of violence within families and communities through focus on intergenerational change
  • Are innovative in approach to early intervention focused on people who are at-risk of becoming perpetrators of domestic and family violence
  • Enable greater collaboration between service groups to improve access and delivery of support services to victims
  • Focus on technology solutions to facilitate the safe and secure access to information and support as well as the use of data to improve support of victims

Financial Shocks Support Grant

The Financial Shocks Support Grant which aims to support work in helping Australians build financial resilience to prepare for and weather financial shocks to prevent long-term financial damage. This grant will consider initiatives that include, but are not limited to those that:

  • Focus on designing, testing or launching of innovative products, services or programs that support positive financial behaviour
  • Support the use of data and data analytics to provide insights that will positively influence financial behaviour or help stop Australians falling into financial hardship
  • Focus on new or different solutions and harnesses the transformative power of technology
  • Focuses on new or different learning delivery tools and mechanisms for increasing financial literacy that is identified as a gap in this area



There will be two grant types on offer this year with grant amounts to start from $50,000 pa to $500,000 (paid up to a three year period):

  1. The Thrive grant to help organisations become sustainable, scale or collaborate and move to their next stage of growth; and;
  2. The Seed grant to support the seeding of innovative ideas or help organisations get started through supporting core operations and capacity building.



The NAB Foundation Grants are open to charities and social enterprises (not-for-profit and for-profit) in Australia that are aligned to our focus areas and grant categories in purpose and impact including start-ups seeking seed funding through the Seed Grants. Your organisation can but does not need to have Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status.

If you are a social enterprise, you will be asked to explain what your business model is and how the grant will be applied to tackle our focus areas. Grant funds must only be used to support projects or initiatives addressing those themes and consistent with NAB Foundation’s charitable purposes, and cannot be used for the benefit of shareholders, owners or members.



Applications close 21 April 2017.


Current Recipients

Luke Batty Foundation

The Luke Batty Foundation was established by Rosie Batty in memory of her son Luke, a victim of domestic violence killed by his father in 2014. Their vision is that all Australians are engaged in ending domestic and family violence. Informed by the voices of women and children, their purpose is to deepen an understanding of domestic and family violence; to drive and effect attitudinal, cultural and systemic change.

Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation

Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation exists to fund ground-breaking research and everyday clinical care at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick. The Hospital has introduced a new model of care in its Child Protection Counselling Service (CPCS) that aims to promote safety, reduce the impact of harm and improve the well-being of children and young people, in the hope of decreasing intergenerational violence and domestic abuse. The Interdisciplinary Reparative Project (IRP), a world-first, supports recovery from complex childhood trauma through a new relational model that combines counselling therapy with parents and the intervention of an Occupational Therapist working with both parent and child.


Infoxchange is a not-for-profit social enterprise that delivers technological products and services to tackle social challenges within the community. These tools range from nation-wide service coordination systems to IT advice for individual organisations, including the interactive mobile information tool Ask Izzy. The organisation strives to solve family violence, homelessness, mental health and issues facing people with disabilities, the elderly, Aboriginal, Maori and Pasifika communities through smart and efficient technology.

University of Melbourne

The University of Melbourne will refine and test a world-first evidence-based smartphone tool for men who have used violence in their intimate relationships (e-MATE). The tool, which is based on pilot work with men and health practitioners aims to intervene early by raising awareness of abusive behaviours and encouraging self-reflection and help-seeking before violence escalates.

Two Good Co

Two Good Co is a buy-one, give-one social enterprise serving organic meals designed by some of Australia’s best chefs. For every Two Good meal purchased, one is delivered to a women in a domestic violence shelter in Australia. They also employ women from the refuges they serve and provide them with culinary training with the aim to promote self-worth. Since Two Good was launched in 2015, more than 20,000 meals have been delivered to people in need.


WIRE Women’s Information is the only state-wide women’s service that provides information, referral and confidential support to all Victorian women regardless of the issues they face.  WIRE offers a range of training programs for women in an environment that is free of exploitation and discrimination. The organisation researches and advocates on issues impacting women including financial literacy and economic security, gender equity and violence against women


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