nib Foundation

Up to $500,000 is available from nib Foundation to deliver key health and wellbeing initiatives to those who need it most


nib foundation


nib Foundation

nib Foundation is a Private Ancillary Fund (PAF) that provides funding support to Australian not-for-profits with Deducible Gift Recipient (DGR) and Charity Tax Concession status.

The foundation was created in 2008 following a $25 million donation from nib health funds, which was raised through the issue of new shares at the time of listing nib on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) in November 2007.



nib Foundation focused on improving the health and wellbeing of young people and carers. They have identified these groups during their establishment as people with growing, unmet health needs, where there were gaps in existing services and they could make a real difference.

nib Foundation’s commitment to young people and carers remains a key focus for the foundation today.


nib Foundation Grants Program

Multi-Year Partnerships

  • Multi-year grants of $50,000 – $500,000 per year, generally for a period of at least three years
  • Develop and pilot sustainable new approaches and emerging concepts
  • Preference for health promotion and prevention of prevalent health issues
  • Programs must have the potential to scale, replicate and be evaluated

Community Grants

  • Funding of up to $50,000 for projects that run for up to 12 months
  • Competitive application-based annual Community Grant round held mid-year
  • Aim to support locally-based initiatives that foster community engagement and improved health outcomes in communities across Australia.



Each year, we aim to provide up to $2 million in funding to support a range of Multi-Year Partners and Community Partners.


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The grant application must answer all questions, provide all required information and respond to the merit criteria. It should also reflect your organisation’s business strategy.

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Applications for Multi-year Partnerships close 17 March 2017.

Community Grant round opens 1 May 2017 and closes 31 May 2017. Guidelines and application form will be available 1 April 2017.


Latest Recipients

Multi-year Partnerships

Central to NIB Foundation’s vision of making a positive and lasting impact on nationwide health issues is the support NIB Foundation provide to innovative not for profit organisations to help them develop new approaches to tackling NIB Foundation’s big health challenges. That’s why NIB Foundation is excited to announce their new Multi-Year Partnerships, which will play a significant role in supporting the health and wellbeing of communities right across Australia.

Over the next two to three years NIB Foundation will support four new charities, providing a total of $1.2 million in funding.

Australian Drug Foundation’s Good Sports Junior Program will provide a unique approach to assist sporting clubs with junior teams to become stronger, healthier and more family friendly by establishing strong alcohol management, healthy food supply and tobacco management policies and practices.

Similarly, Hello Sunday Morning will develop two smartphone apps to help 18-30 year olds to change the way they consume alcohol. An innovative model of behaviour change, this program will enable young people to improve their quality of life and contributing to the effort to create a better drinking culture in Australia.

NIB Foundation’s partnership with Disability Sport and Recreation in Victoria will support the development of the new online portal Score! that connects young Victorians with a disability to inclusive sport and recreation activities which meet their ambitions and abilities.

While the National Stroke Foundation’s successful My Stroke Journey program will be rolled out widely across NSW providing stroke survivors and carers with the information, resources and support they need at key points during their recovery from stroke.

Click here to learn more about NIB Foundation’s new Multi-Year partnerships.


Community Grants

The funding recipients will receive grants of between $5,000 and $50,000 to undertake nominated programs.

The beneficiaries of nib foundation’s 2015 Community Grants program are listed below.

  • beyondblue (Hunter, NSW)
  • Argyle Community Housing (Regional NSW)
  • Collie Gallery Group Inc. (Regional WA)
  • PCYC Bateau Bay (Central Coast, NSW)
  • Families Supporting Families (Hunter, NSW
  • Tantrum Youth Arts (Hunter, NSW)
  • Down Syndrome Victoria (Melbourne, VIC)
  • Brisbane Indigenous Media Association (Southeast QLD)
  • Inclusion Melbourne (Melbourne & Regional VIC)
  • Earbus Foundation of WA (Goldfields & Pilbara, WA)
  • WEA Hunter Foundation (Raymond Terrace, NSW)

Find out more about the 2015 beneficiaries and their programs here.


More Information


Media Release

nib foundation is pleased to commit to another year of support of Families Supporting Families (FSF) in 2016, with an additional $5,000 grant to be directed towards the Carer Café Plus program. The program provides carers of children with special needs the opportunity to connect with one another to share information and experiences, as well as offer support services and education.

FSF is an inclusive, volunteer run organisation for the whole family of a child with additional needs and is based in the Hunter Region. The Carer Café Plus program aims to reduce the sense of isolation carers often experience, improve access to information and empower carers through education.

It provides a variety of opportunities for carers to connect with one another to share information and experiences and to build their capacity to support their child with special needs by learning from industry experts.

Our funding in 2016 will continue to support this program, enabling FSF to hold six Carer Café gatherings, four Carers Café Plus workshops and their annual Carers Dinner.

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