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To date we’ve invested $13.6 million in grants to help support communities.

Our focus

Our focus

Preparing communities for natural disasters and assisting long-term recovery.

Our partners

Our partners

We’ve partnered with the Victorian State Government and Sacred Heart Mission to expand the 'Journey To Social Inclusion Program' to address chronic homelessness and commissioned a case study on the investment transaction.

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NAB Foundation Community Grants

The NAB Foundation is currently seeking applications for Community Grants. Grants of up to $10,000 are available for projects that help communities prepare for natural disasters, support long-term recovery and build resilience to future disasters.

Learn more about how to apply for a grant in our application guide, or submit your application today.

NAB Foundation Environmental Resilience Fund

The NAB Foundation is currently seeking Expressions of Interest for its new Environmental Resilience Fund. We support practical projects that build environmental resilience to natural disasters and climate change. Learn more about the Fund and how to submit an Expression of Interest.

Please note: We don’t take unsolicited proposals for funding.

What the nab foundation does

The NAB Foundation is the philanthropic arm of NAB. We are an independent charity that aims to be a catalyst for positive social and environmental change in Australia. Through giving and investments, the Foundation is committed to new and innovative ways to use philanthropic capital for greater social impact.

At a time when Australia’s climate is changing, communities and the environment face increased risk from natural disasters. The Foundation recently refreshed its strategy to focus on initiatives helping Australians before, during and after natural disasters. You can read more about the new grant programs and previous grant partners and history below.

The Foundation’s grant making approach and the social and environmental issues we have supported have evolved over the years, reflecting both NAB and community priorities, to a focus now on supporting organisations both at a local community level and a network level, with the aim to create sustainable, system-level change.

We also undertake discrete impact investments and invest underlying corpus assets with a socially responsible investment position.

Our partnerships

We take a collaborative approach to our partnerships and want to make a positive and lasting impact on the organisations that we partner with. We partner with not-for-profits and social purpose organisations like social enterprises.

We also provide in-kind support such as training and access to the skills and resources of the wider NAB Group through volunteering.

Measuring outcomes is a priority in our partnerships. We want to work with organisations that seek to measure and report on outcomes and understand how they’re making a difference.


NAB Foundation Community Grants program

In 2020, we announced a new NAB Foundation Community Grants program. It aims to help safeguard communities by funding projects that prepare for natural disasters, support long-term recovery and build resilience against future disasters.

Grants of up to $10,000 are available to fund local projects aiming to do one or more of the following:

  • help people and places prepare for natural disasters
  • assist in short and long-term recovery efforts
  • build community resilience against future natural disasters
  • strengthen the environment to be more resilient to natural disasters
  • help communities reduce their climate risk.

Our application guide has more information on how to apply, including eligibility, assessment and grant distribution.

NAB Foundation Environmental Resilience Fund

The NAB Foundation’s Environmental Resilience Fund has been established to support practical projects that build environmental resilience to natural disasters and climate change. The NAB Foundation will provide funding of up to $10 million over ten years, for regional projects that build the evidence base for investments and interventions that improve resilience to natural disasters, particularly flood and fire hazards.

We’re looking for projects that support collaboration between several stakeholder groups. We’re interested in hearing from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporations and groups, farmers and farming communities, urban, regional and remote community organisations, councils and shires, research organisations, environmental non-government organisations, and local governments.

We want to support:

  • Projects or initiatives that are in early development stages, where funds can be used to build, test, and pilot an innovative idea or model. Where beneficial, the NAB Foundation may be available to assist in co-design of the project or initiative.
  • Projects and organisations with proven models or solutions that are operational, where funds will help scale and increase impact.

We may provide funding for new projects with the intention of attracting additional investors (philanthropic, government or private) or contribute additional funding to existing projects.

Previous grant programs

Our previous grant programs included a focus on mental health and wellbeing (2008-2016), domestic and family violence, financial resilience, environmental wellbeing and supporting initiatives to build the social enterprise ecosystem in Australia (2017-2020).

You can find a list of the partners and projects we supported, and the impact of these partnerships below.

About our investment focus

The Foundation uses impact investment to increase its impact. We can unlock capital from the Trust for projects that deliver positive social outcomes, financial returns or both.

The impact investment market is an evolving one and we believe this is an innovative way to support financially sustainable initiatives that address a broad range of societal issues.

Where we can, we have invested our underlying assets with a clearly stated socially responsible investment position.

Journey to Social Inclusion (J2SI)

The Foundation made its first impact investment in 2018, providing a financial guarantee (contingent grant) for investors funding the Sacred Heart Mission’s Journey to Social Inclusion programme, through the Victorian Government’s Social Impact Bond pilot.

NAB, in partnership with Sacred Heart Mission and the Victorian Government Treasury department, commissioned a case study from the Centre for Social Impact (CSI) as a contribution in building the impact investing ecosystem in Australia and to help others to better understand how innovative financing mechanisms and partnerships across sectors can improve social outcomes.

To find out more about this innovative program download the J2SI case study (PDF, 917KB) or for an overview you can download the J2SI case study summary (PDF,467KB).

Previous grant recipients

Grant recipients from 2017-2020

The NAB Foundation is proud to have supported the following organisations in the work they do in supporting and solving domestic and family violence, financial resilience, environmental wellbeing and building the social enterprise ecosystem in Australia.

Australian Land Conservation Alliance (ALCA)

With many of Australia’s most threatened plants and animals living on private land, the role of private landholders and land trusts are crucial to conservation efforts. The NAB Foundation's thrive grant will support a significant scaling up of the Australian Land Conservation Alliance (ALCA) from an unincorporated alliance to a stand-alone entity that leads a network of most of Australia’s major private land conservation organisations enabling greater collective impact on national conservation issues.

Australian Wildlife Conservancy

Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC) is Australia’s largest owner of private land for conservation, managing more than four million hectares of land, protecting some of the largest remaining populations of many endangered species. This project trials an innovative idea – a joint venture between the not-for-profit sector (AWC) and an indigenous organisation (Dambimangari Aboriginal Corporation) to deliver, in an integrated way, improved conservation and socio-economic outcomes. The initiative, which NAB Foundation is supporting with a seed grant, will see joint-management of nearly 800,000 hectares along the Kimberley Coast in Western Australia an area of international significance and the only section of mainland Australia to have suffered no extinctions. This unique model will provide a model for use throughout Australia.


Infoxchange is a not-for-profit, social enterprise that has delivered creative technological products and services to tackle social challenges within the community for over 25 years. 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. These tools range from nation-wide service coordination systems to IT advice for individual organisations, including the interactive mobile information tool ‘Ask Izzy’.

The NAB Foundation's thrive grant supported the enhancement of ‘Ask Izzy’ (an interactive mobile information tool), which seeks to connect people experiencing or that have experienced domestic and family violence with essential services. Ask Izzy has been co-designed with people who have experienced domestic violence, homelessness and the services sector. With a listing of over 360,000 services, including information on housing, money help, health, support and counselling across Australia in urban, regional, rural and remote locations. The enhancements ensure that ‘Ask Izzy’ meets the needs of people experiencing family violence – that it is safe, relevant and accurate.


The NAB Foundation is supporting the establishment and growth of Odonata, a not-for-profit social enterprise, by supporting core operations enabling them to scale their environmental and social impact and demonstrate the benefits of doing business with biodiversity. Overtime, Odonata seeks to develop commercial agriculture models that integrate biodiversity as core production system. The project will build the capability of understanding and the integration of biodiversity into farming practices and production.

Our Watch

Our Watch is a not for profit organisation, established to drive nationwide change in the culture, behaviours and power imbalances that lead to violence against women and their children, with a vision for an Australia where women and their children live free from all forms of violence.

The NAB Foundation's thrive grant is supporting Our Watch to deliver the Voices for Change project which builds survivor advocacy work, by enabling women who have experienced violence to share their stories with the public through the media, as a way to build a shared understanding of violence against women. Our Watch are supporting three grassroots organisations; Engender Equality in Tasmania, Micah Projects (Brisbane Domestic Violence Service) in Queensland, and YWCA Canberra in partnership with Domestic Violence Crisis Service in the Australian Capital Territory. The grant allows the three organisations to propel their survivor advocacy work, and connect to organisations supported through Commonwealth funding; leading to more accurate reporting, empowerment of victim-survivors and deeper community understanding of the evidence-based drivers of violence against women. The grant further allows Our Watch’s survivor advocacy work to have activity in every state and territory bar the Northern Territory.

Our Watch continues the legacy of the Luke Batty Foundation (a previous NAB Foundation partner) through its survivor advocacy work.

Reef Restoration Foundation

The Reef Restoration Foundation (RRF) were the first organisation granted a permit by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, to establsh a pilot offshore coral nursery in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park at Fitzroy Island, Cairns in December 2017. This innovative nursery and reef restoration pilot was developed to accelerate the recovery and strengthen the resilience of high value coral reefs to future bleaching events by collecting corals that are naturally more tolerant to higher water temperatures and growing them on offshore nursery frames. This process, which mimics nature, and is similar to taking cuttings from healthy plants to create new plants, is used in the Florida Keys and Caribbean, where over 25,000 corals are grown and planted per year. The NAB Foundation's seed grant will provide RRF, a new not-for-profit social enterprise, help it achieve its aspiration to grow and plant similar amounts of coral in high value locations throughout the Great Barrier Reef.


StartSomeGood run a crowdfunding platform to support social entrepreneurs, citizens and non-profit groups with new ideas to raise the funds they need to create a positive impact for their communities and our planet. As part of the NAB Foundation’s work to grow the social enterprise and innovation ecosystem in Australia, we are supporting StartSomeGood with operational funding enabling them to invest in learning and technical infrastructure.

Sydney Children's Hospitals Foundation

Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation exists to fund ground-breaking research and everyday clinical care at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick. Their vision is to ensure that every child now and in the future can access world-class medical care whenever they need it. They fund the vital clinical care that these children need now, so they have the best possible treatment and hospital experience and they also invest in research that will change and save more lives in the future.

The NAB Foundation's thrive grant is supporting the Interdisciplinary Reparative Project (IRP) within the Child Protection Counselling Service (CPCS). IRP is a new model of intervention 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. This is a world-first program that supports recovery from complex childhood trauma through a new relational model that combines a counselling therapy with parents, with occupational therapy with parent and child together.

Terrain NRM

This project, in partnership between Terrain NRM, a not-for-profit working in the Wet Tropics to promote sustainable use of land and waterways, and GreenCollar, a leading environmental markets developer, will support landholders to improve water quality and health of the Great Barrier Reef though Reef Credits, the first reef water quality environmental market in Australia. Reef Credits place a monetary value on water quality improvements to drive on-ground action. This new approach is designed to engage a new source of reef investment, providing farmers with greater surety, and ability to plan for long-term improvements. The NAB Foundation's seed grant will enable the employment of a Reef Credits Engagement Officer to accelerate community uptake.

The Nature Conservancy

The Nature Conservancy is a respected conservation organisation well known for developing commercial models to generate funding for conservation and restoring landscapes to underpin sustainable economic development. The Windara Reef Project, started in 2016, is rebuilding 20 hectares of lost oyster reefs (Australia’s most endangered marine ecosystem) in Gulf St Vincent, South Australia. The reef will improve local water quality, bolster and diversify the struggling aquaculture industry, sustain primary production, and create new regional jobs in science and technology, construction, fishing and tourism. The NAB Foundation's thrive grant will help complete construction of the reef, thereby providing a proven model for national reef restoration throughout Australia.

Two Good Co.

Two Good Co believe that every woman and child is worthy of love and respect. This is demonstrated by providing free, restaurant-quality meals to domestic violence safe houses across Sydney and Melbourne. 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 Co meal purchased, one is delivered to a woman 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 of promoting self-worth. Since Two Good Co was launched in 2015, more than 157,000 meals have been delivered to people in need.

In 2017, the NAB Foundation supported Two Good Co by providing a seed grant to assist in building capacity through a new IT platform to automate online ordering processes and keep users informed of services available for domestic violence victims. Following a successful one-year partnership, the NAB Foundation extended the partnership to 2020 with operational support to build scale and sustainability.

University of Melbourne

The University of Melbourne strives to be a public-spirited institution, ranked among the finest universities in the world. It seeks to harness strength, breadth and depth of research to help meet global challenges and attract the brightest cohort from the widest range of backgrounds, offering an outstanding student experience. The University makes research, student learning and engagement serve public interests, this includes taking up pressing societal problems in research, producing graduates prepared for responsibility and promoting inquiry and open debate based on evidence and reason.

The NAB Foundation's seed grant is supporting the University of Melbourne to refine and test a world-first, evidence-based smartphone tool for men who have used violence in their intimate relationships. 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.

Women's Information Referral Exchange (WIRE)

WIRE’s mission is to build a society in which women are safe, respected, valued, informed, empowered and free to make genuine choices. They are the only state-wide women’s service that provides information, referral and confidential support to all Victorian women regardless of the issues they face. They offer 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.

The NAB Foundation's thrive grant supported the development of a national toolkit and online companion resource to educate and inform financial and community services providers. The toolkit aims to build capacity in the financial and community service sector by increasing sector knowledge around building women’s financial resilience, provide the necessary resources to the professionals working with women around financial decision making, create the buy-in to achieve individual and organisational behavioural change and enable women to access the support they need to improve their short, medium and long term financial security.

Grant recipients from 2008-2016

The NAB Foundation under its previous name, MLC Community Foundation supported the following organisations in the area of mental health.

  • Black Dog Institute
  • Smiling Mind
  • Garvan Institute of Medical Research
  • Rural and Remote Mental Health
  • Top Blokes Foundation
2008 - 2016
  • Lifeline Australia
2004 - 2015
  • Garvan Research Foundation
  • Suicide Prevention Australia
  • R U OK? Foundation
2013 - 2014
  • Suicide Prevention Australia
  • Inspire Foundation
  • RU OK? Foundation
  • MadCap Café
2012 - 2013
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Australia
  • CanTeen
  • Inspire Foundation
  • Jean Hailes for Women's Health
2011 - 2012
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Australia
  • CanTeen
  • Inspire Foundation
  • Jean Hailes Foundation for Women's Health
  • St Vincent de Paul's Society
  • Lantern
  • YMCA Sydney
2010 - 2011
  • Black Dog Institute
  • Mind Australia
  • YMCA Sydney
  • Lantern
  • Stillbirth Foundation
  • Camp Quality
2009 - 2010
  • Black Dog Institute
  • Mind Australia
  • YMCA Sydney
  • Youth Focus
2008 - 2009  
  • Affirm- Australian Foundation for Mental Health Research
  • SANE Australia
  • StepUP Foundation

History of the NAB foundation

The NAB Foundation began as part of MLC, the former wealth management arm of NAB. MLC had a long-standing commitment to supporting the communities in which their people lived and worked. From 2000 to 2008, MLC's People and Community Trust (known as Pact) supported programs and initiatives that were designed to make a lasting difference in the community.

In September 2008, the MLC Community Foundation was established as a Private Charitable Trust overseen by a Trustee and registered with the Australian Taxation Office. This marked a real commitment to securing a long term, sustainable pool of funds with which to support the community. Just as the MLC Community Foundation's name was chosen to represent and acknowledge the heritage of MLC, the transition to the NAB Foundation in 2016 reflected the whole organisation’s support for the Foundation.

Today, as a part of NAB’s broader social impact approach, the NAB Foundation supports community organisations with a charitable purpose and works with them beyond monetary grants by drawing on the skills, expertise and resources from across the NAB Group.

This way, we continue to reflect the Foundation’s origins of colleague engagement in the community and the legacy of providing vital funding, awareness and advocacy support to charitable community groups.

Governance and management

The NAB Foundation is made up of three Trusts. They are all independently governed by Australian Executor Trustees, part of the IOOF Group, which provides trustee and administration services.

1. The NAB Foundation (a Private Charitable Trust, established in 2008 under its previous name MLC Community Foundation.

2. NAB Ancillary Fund (a public ancillary fund).

3. A sub-fund account of within the JBWere Charitable Endowment Fund (a public ancillary fund).

The NAB Foundation’s management team – Laura Cochrane, Lucy Doyle and Claire Elliott - is part of NAB’s Social Impact team and is accountable to the Trustee for delivering on all operational matters and execution of strategies and programs.

NAB Foundation, ABN: 27 308 230 413

NAB Ancillary Fund, ABN: 98 499 614 896

JBWere Charitable Endowment Fund, ABN: 16 719 204 303

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Insights and research

We support customers and community groups by sharing our market insights, research and thought leadership through the NAB Charitable Giving Index.

Workplace giving

We actively encourage our people to volunteer, make donations and become involved in their community.

Indigenous Australian support

We're proud to support and celebrate Indigenous success. As part of our Reconciliation Action Plan, we’re helping create opportunities and real outcomes for Indigenous Australians.

Impact measurement

We measure the value we’re returning to the community so we can make the most of our investment.