A few key results

$13.6m

$13.6m

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 and climate change.

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: Our grant programs support natural disasters such as fires, floods and cyclones, not pandemics. 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.

OUR GRANT PROGRAMS

NAB Foundation Community Grants program

The NAB Foundation Community Grants program aims to help safeguard communities by funding projects that prepare for natural disasters, support long-term recovery and build resilience against future disasters and climate change.

Up to $1 million of grants will be awarded annually, with an additional $200,000 for projects with scalable, long-term social or environmental impact.

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

  • Readiness: help communities (people, environments, infrastructure) prepare for natural disasters.
  • Recovery: help communities, landscapes and fauna rebuild and rehabilitate after natural disasters.
  • Future-proofing: reduce the risk of future natural disasters by cutting a community’s carbon emissions.

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

2021 Round 2 Community Grants recipients announced

Congratulations to our September 2021 (Round 2) Community Grant recipients.

The NAB Foundation awarded a total of 57 grants of up to $10,000 to local and regional communities across Australia to support initiatives that help prepare people, homes, businesses, towns, cities and our environment from natural disasters, and support long-term recovery and resilience work.

The following four grant recipients were also awarded an additional $25,000, to deepen the long-term impact of their initiatives in the community or environment: Jet Helping Hands, Girls on Fire, Stokes Bay Community Hall, Esperance Zone Innovation (EZI) Group.

You’ll find a full list of the 57 organisations and initiatives supported with grants below.

VIC

Central Highlands Broadcasting

Central Highlands Broadcasting is a public broadcaster, promoting and operating a community-based radio station. The grant will fund a podcast bringing together a diverse team to share experiences of bushfire and recovery, in the Macedon/Mt Macedon, Strathewen and Mallacoota communities, impacted by summer bushfires in 2019/2020.

Gippsland Disability Advocacy

Gippsland Disability Advocacy provides disability advocacy support, advice, and referrals for people with disabilities including carers across Gippsland. The grant will fund empowerment and preparedness training (resilience capacity building) enabling participants to have knowledge and information in preparation for extreme weather and disasters.

Brain Injury Matters

Brain Injury Matters support and empower people to advocate for themselves and enhance the lives of other people with brain injuries. The grant will fund a module on Disaster Risk Reduction for the ABI (Acquired Brain Injury) Wise App and website to ready people with ABI to deal with disasters.

Upper Murray Innovation Foundation

Upper Murray Innovation Foundation support the activities of the Corryong Neighbourhood Centre and the wider Upper Murray community. The grant will fund the purchase of a vital multi-purpose heavy duty firefighting trailer which will provide a portable and effective fire firefighting resource which can be deployed where it is most needed across the community.

Yarra Valley ECOSS

Yarra Valley ECOSS is a not-for-profit community organisation promoting local food production, earth education, multicultural living, building work skills and developing a vibrant, resilient, inclusive and sustainable community, and increasing employment opportunities. The grant will fund the expansion of the Crops for Community program, providing tools and maintenance, seeds, OHS enabling the program to thrive, the community to grow their own food and reduce their climate impact and the community’s carbon emissions.

Australian Inland Botanic Gardens

Australian Inland Botanic Gardens operates the Botanic Gardens for public heritage purposes, inclusive of passive recreation for members of the community and broader community including international tourists. The grant will fund the purchase of a computerized Datacall irrigation control system with an annual subscription, that will integrate existing solenoids and enable remote activation of irrigation of plant beds.

2030Yea

2030Yea is a group of volunteers from Yea and surrounds dedicated to the goal of the township of Yea totally operating on renewable energy by 2030. The grant will fund the purchase of a 7.2KW of solar PV on the Pioneer Reserve in Raglan Street, Yea and will help to reduce the risk of future natural disasters by reducing the community’s carbon emissions.

Romsey Neighbourhood House

Romsey Neighbourhood House works to build a stronger and more vibrant community with a greater sense of belonging and a priority to reach the most vulnerable and disadvantaged. The grant will be used to purchase emergency equipment for Romsey Neighbourhood House to use at the centre and loan to individuals and families during power outages. Equipment will include 6.5 KVA generator, satellite phone, rechargeable power packs and phone battery packs, reducing the community’s carbon emissions.

Bullarto Primary School

Bullarto Primary School is a small, rural, coeducational school catering for years Foundation to Grade 6 on Dja Dja Wurrung Country in Hepburn Shire. Following the impacts of the storms in June 2021, the grant will be used to replace lost animal infrastructures for the schools animal husbandry program, equipment to re-establish the apiary curriculum which plays an important part in the bees pollinating the garden and the surrounding forest, and to purchase native fire-resistant trees to replace those lost in the storm, and tree guards to ensure the trees are established quickly.

Shepparton Search & Rescue Squad

Shepparton Search & Rescue provide road crash rescue, storm and flood, and boating activities for the local community year-round and in times of natural disaster. The grant will fund Member’s first aid qualification as this is a requirement to help provide support and services to the community and surrounding area.

Corryong College

Corryong College is a P-12 College of 325 students located in the far north-east of Victoria. The grant will be used to fund the purchase of fire hose reels as protection for the Evacuation Centre/Stadium in preparedness for future bushfires and other natural disasters and a PA system with permanently fixed speakers for the Stadium.

Carbon Bins

Carbon Bins have contactless donation collection devices that permit individuals to pay remove CO2 pollution. They are developing the infrastructure to enable society to begin removing CO2 pollution from skies to start cleaning up the atmosphere and thereby reduce the risk of future natural disasters by cutting a community’s carbon emissions. The grant will be used to enable Carbon Bins to expand and fund an additional 15 contactless donation collection devices in Melbourne.

JET Helping Hands

JET Helping Hands is a not-for-profit established to serve humanitarian causes (poverty, sickness, suffering, distress, misfortune, disability, destitution or helplessness), giving freely to those who are in need of such support and whose needs arouse compassion in the community. The grant will be used to purchase a food truck to serve communities affected by the natural disasters or pandemics immediately and help the communities with freshly cooked meals. Through this Food Truck, a few thousand meals can be prepared every day.

Friends of Edwardes Lake

Friends of Edwardes Lake is a local group who preserve, restore and care for the ecosystems of Edwardes Lake and Edgars Creek wetlands. The grant funding will go towards three projects: equip volunteers with the necessary tools and equipment to care for two new garden beds; provide hands-on education to volunteers to create bee hotels supporting the native bees; and install a large bee hotel.

TAS

Fusion Australia

Fusion Australia works for transformation in individual lives and community through a range of local initiatives. This grant will fund the install of split system units in 3 houses used for families facing poverty and homelessness. Currently these houses use wood and inefficient electric heating as the primary heat source in winter. The installation of these split system units will reduce the community’s carbon emissions, and will also help these families financially, many of whom are living below the poverty line, providing a more cost-effective means of heating through winter.

NSW

Be Centre Foundation

Be Centre Foundation specialises in empowering youth (aged 3-12) to navigate and recover from traumatic experiences through our evidence-based Play Therapy program. The grant would fund the creation of a ‘Need to Play’ (NtP) program for children and parents, to be distributed through primary schools in bushfire-impacted communities in NSW and provide tangible resources for their whole community to encourage play-based healing.

CatholicCare Western Sydney

CatholicCare Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains' mission is to be a strong and visible provider of care for all in Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains with a special concern for the poor and disadvantaged. The grant will fund the cost of a program coordinator to expand the Farm it Forward program, a peri-urban farming social enterprise model in which landowners allow their land to be market gardened by community members. This will allow expansion from the current five properties to seven properties and encourage participants to connect with Community Supports and Wellness Programs offered by CatholicCare, including bushfire recovery work out of the CatholicCare Drop-In Centre Springwood.

Modern Art Projects Blue Mountains

Modern Art Projects Blue Mountains is a not-for-profit that supports and advocates for the development, production and exhibition of contemporary art throughout the Blue Mountains and Western Sydney. The grant will help fund the creation of an art exhibition at Cementa 21 (19-22 May 2022), a visual arts festival based in rural Kandos. The exhibition, called Carnivale Catastrophe, will provide a mirror of experiences, and communicate the unspoken and the supressed stories of Blue Mountains and Kandos communities that were severely affected by the black summer bushfires

Young Farmers Connect

Young Farmers Connect is a national not-for-profit committed to cultivating networks, resources and community for young farmers that Advocates for small scale farming and the local food economies sector supporting the use of regenerative, holistic and sustainable agricultural practices. This grant will fund a training for young farmers in the greater Sydney region to develop their skills in assessing the soil on their farm, planning their production system to maximise productivity, reducing inputs over time and simultaneously building soil health. The programs aims to prepare young farmers in regions that have experienced extended drought, severe bushfires and most recently floods.

Doin It For Rural Aussie Kids

Doin It For Rural Aussie Kids supports rural children doing it tough due to circumstances outside their control. Created to assist rural families suffering from the financial stress caused by drought, bushfires and the mouse plaque, the grant will fund their Christmas National School Run, delivering personalised Santa Sacks and grocery vouchers to as many rural and remote schools as possible. The aim is to alleviate the financial burden on families during the festive season and have motivational conversations with children and families where possible.

Healthy Cities Illawarra

Healthy Cities Illawarra work across Wollongong, Shellharbour, Kiama and Shoalhaven, providing programs, and activities addressing underlying social, economic and environmental causes of health inequality, which lead to chronic disease and other social adversities. The grant will help fund the creation of the Wollongong Virtual Farmers Market, a transparent and fair online marketplace for local and sustainably produced foods that will enable the community to actively support local producers and reduce their climate impact and carbon emissions by buying low food miles and no-packaging foods.

Lions Club of Taree

The Lions Club of Taree serves the civic, cultural, social and moral welfare of the community. This grant will be used to fund a mobile toilet block on a trailer, which can be deployed quickly during and after disasters. During recent drought, fires and floods, many local communities, small and large, had at various times no public toilets available.

Upper Lansdowne Memorial Hall Committee

Upper Lansdowne Memorial Hall Committee serves as the hub of the community and is the only community meeting place that host events. The grant will be used to fund the installation of a grid-connected battery system to store energy from the existing 4.8KW solar system, providing essential services of lights, water pumping, urns and minor cooking for extended periods without mains power. This will allow the hall to operate as an emergency centre during future emergencies.

RuffTRACK

RuffTRACK ensures young people who have fallen through the cracks of society, sleeping rough and experiencing violence, fall no further. The grant will be used to fund employability pathways for disadvantaged youths through a program that matches 8 trainees and 16 work experience places with 10 farmers and 40 families in the MacDonald Valley. The farmers and families will teach the youths about land rehabilitation, environmental sustainability in farming and disaster prevention, and in return get physical and mental support and help repaint fences on their disaster affected properties.

Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital

Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital operates veterinary facilities to treat, prevent and relieve the suffering of orphaned, injured or diseased native Australian wildlife through rescue, treatment, rehabilitation and release. The grant will be used to fund the purchase of vital wildlife trauma equipment including a patient warming unit and blankets and incubators to maintain optimal body temperature during life-saving surgery and clinical inspection. The incubator aids in restoring optimal temperature and "fluff" for birds and reptiles that have been affected by flooding. The patient warming blanket and unit are essential veterinary equipment during surgery and clinical inspections.

KidsXpress

KidsXpress is a children’s mental health charity, transforming the lives of children impacted by trauma relating to abuse, neglect, grief and household dysfunction. This grant will fund a trauma-focused mental health education program for parents in the NSW Snowy Valleys region. The program will be delivered over 10 weeks in 120-minute sessions to support parents to help their children enhance emotional intelligence; manage frustrations; deal with conflict; have better concentration at school; increase positive behaviours; and build their resilience in the face of life challenges, including natural disasters.

Holbrook Sporting Complex 355 Management Committee

Holbrook Sporting Complex 355 Management Committee are a local community of volunteers for the Greater Hume Shire Council, in the Riverina region of southern New South Wales. This grant will fund the purchase of dining tables and chairs and upgrading of outdated kitchen equipment and utensils at the Holbrook Sporting Complex ground. The ground and its facilities were the main marshalling area for many brigades and units from far and wide to fight the 233,000-hectare Green Valley blaze in the hills, and dangerous terrain just south east of Holbrook, in early 2020. The local community groups undertook the massive task of catering and providing rest areas for the brigades and wants to prepare the facilities for future disasters.

Indian (Sub-Cont) Crisis & Support Agency

Indian (Sub-Cont) Crisis & Support Agency (ICSA) supports the disadvantaged communities in a culturally appropriate and bespoke manner focusing on the Indian Subcontinent demographic. The grant will fund face-to-face group training sessions for people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds to facilitate the development of person-centred emergency preparedness plans. The training sessions will be delivered by ICSA, which has been accredited in Person-Centered Emergency Preparedness training to assist people from CALD backgrounds, or with a disability, and developed the sessions in collaboration with SES, Rural Fire Service, Sydney University and Settlement Services.

CareFlight

CareFlight is as an aeromedical charity with the mission to save lives, speed recovery, and serve the community. They provide aeromedical services across Australia, caring for more than 9,100 patients annually. This grant will be used to fund 3 Ambu Airway Trainers. These Trainers are used in CareFlight's Trauma Care Workshops to teach participants intubation, which is needed when a patient is unable to maintain their airway or breathe on their own and is often necessary for patient treatment in natural disasters, especially bushfires.

Doctors Against Violence

Doctors Against Violence is Australia's largest network of doctors, with more than 700 doctors dedicated to helping patients who are victims of domestic violence by advocating on behalf of victims, and improving their access to care, at local, state and national levels. This grant will fund a pilot program in which small cash injections will be given to women and families impacted by natural disaster, and who are vulnerable to domestic violence, to pay for services such as counselling, psychologists, scripts and accommodation. This will help address the financial barrier these women/families often face when trying to access prescriptions, emergency accommodation and other services after a natural disaster.

Girls on Fire

Girls on Fire provides firefighting and resilience programs for teenage girls and young women in an experiential outdoor learning setting. The programs are delivered by female firefighters in collaboration with NSW fire and emergency service agencies. This grant will fund the roll out of a greater number Girls Fire & Resilience Programs in areas impacted by the 2019/2020 bushfires and/or have high at-risk populations as invites to deliver the program are growing. Each program is tailored to the risks and needs of a community and links to prevention and recovery programs of collaborating local agencies, so that the participants return home empowered and inspired to become fire safety conduits for their families, neighbourhoods and school communities.

Equal Effort

Equal Effort (in auspice agreement with Masy Consultants) advances education in disaster resilience, community resilience, humanitarian engineering, and climate change for children and youth with a particular focus on needy communities living in vulnerable areas. The grant will fund the creation of a fun and engaging learning modules for primary school children in Clarence Valley and Kempsey to build their early understanding and appreciation of community resilience and encourage them to actively participate in decision-making processes around natural disasters at home and in the community. Clarence Valley and Kempsey have a disaster index rating of ~3.6 which is the highest in regional NSW.

QLD

Migrant Centre Organisation

The Migrant Centre Organisation advocates for, supports and assists people with socio-economic disadvantage who may be new migrants and refugees, from culturally diverse backgrounds, from emerging, closed and vulnerable communities, or with special needs. The grant will fund a project to reach and engage with new, emerging, vulnerable and closed communities and isolated people to build knowledge to prepare for natural disasters, understand how to respond to emergency events, and build resilience for future disasters.

Wildlife Noosa

Wildlife Noosa is a not-for-profit that aims to alleviate the suffering of animals by providing resources such as rescue and transport equipment and trained staff and volunteers to assist animals in need. The grant will fund more specialist equipment to aid animal rescues particularly for 'at risk' koalas and possums. The equipment will better equip Wildlife Noosa to prepare for future bush fires and the rescue of animals 'at risk' in the Noosa Region.

Calen District State College Parents & Citizens Association

The Calen District State College Parents & Citizens Association promotes the interest of and facilitates the development and further improvement of the school and local community. The grant will fund the acquisition and installation of a weather-proof storage facility (shipping container), and the creation of the 'P&C Calen Community Disaster Hub’, for vital emergency equipment and disaster supplies.

Murilla Community Centre

Murilla Community Centre develops and supports the diverse rural community by responding to social issues. It offers 3,000 community members family support, financial counselling, respite services, childcare and kindergarten, emergency relief, No Interest Loan Schemes, Centrelink services and Justice of the Peace services. The grant will fund the construction of a shed that will be used to store community buses that are used in the community. Sheltering the vehicles will protect them from damaging weather conditions caused by the drought that has gripped this region. The buses are available for use during emergency situations (e.g. 2 severe flooding events in the past 10 years) to evacuate isolated residents who have no personal transport and/or require disability access.

South West Millmerran Community Philanthropy

South West Millmerran Community Philanthropy is a not-for-profit providing emergency relief support for people experiencing financial distress or hardship, with limited means or resources to help them alleviate their financial crisis. The grant will fund the purchase and installation of telecommunication boosters that will support community members that live in dense bushland, either off-grid or in households that cannot afford or live in connected housing. It will give these community members access to telecommunications that can be used to communicate with emergency services in dire situations.

Wild Mountains Trust

Wild Mountains Trust is a not-for-profit developing and disseminating programs for young people and the wider community that deepen their connection with the land and inspire personal and environmental consciousness and action to minimise their impact on the earth. The grant will fund the upgrade and replacement of an ageing solar system, which is increasingly unreliable at Wild Mountains' educational centre. The centre is specifically designed to help university students, professionals and the community generally understand the urgency of reducing its impact on the natural world, minimising climate change and therefore reducing the risk of resultant ever-increasing extreme natural disasters.

Community Accommodation & Support Agency

Community Accommodation & Support Agency strengthens households in the Mackay region by providing tailored housing and support services to achieve independence, stability and self-reliance. The grant will fund development disaster resource kits for housing tenants and training with residents by case managers. The project will ensure pre-disaster preparations and education is provided to individual housing sites so that they have an understanding of the actions they can take to safeguard themselves and family members during a time of time of need such as a natural disaster.

Douglas Shire Council

Douglas Shire Council’s mission is to provide for the good rule of the local government area while delivering on the vision of Council in an efficient and effective manner. This grant will fund the purchase of three computers and a printer/scanner in the Mossman SES Unit to support essential training of volunteer staff to ensure the community has safe, competent, active members, and to better facilitate emergency situations for the area, which also benefits other stakeholders such as QAS, QFES, QPS and most importantly, the local community.

Rotary Club of Charleville

Rotary Club of Charleville Community service organisation assists groups and individuals in need in South West Queensland (Bulloo Quilpie, Murweh & Paroo shires). This grant will fund a deep cycle battery and solar charge unit to the SES so they can utilise their mobile UHF Repeater to improve communications both between on ground volunteers and QPS, and back to the mobile communication base.

Strong Communities

Strong Communities is a not-for-profit charitable social enterprise working in collaboration with other organisations to understand and support communities' wellbeing by facilitating programs and providing capacity-building services for children, families and communities in regional and remote areas of Central Queensland. The grant will fund the Resilient Children, Resilient Central Queensland project, focusing on building community resilience after natural disasters by delivering training for facilitators in the evidence-based Seasons for Growth Children and Young Person Program. The programs designed to help children and young people understand and attend well to their grief following change and loss experiences.

Creche and Kindergarten Association

The Creche and Kindergarten Association manages community kindergartens and early childhood services in Queensland, with more than 170 branch services and over 160 affiliated kindergarten services. This grant will fund the supply and installation of 36 solar panels and 2 inverters to the C&K Biloela Community Childcare Centre, a small 3 room service that provides the local community with quality education and care for children. The centre is committed to ensuring a sustainable future, including reducing electricity consumption and resultant carbon emissions.

Queensland Braille Writing Association

Queensland Braille Writing Association provides Braille tuition and reading material to empower people who are blind or who have low vision to live with dignity and independence. This grant will fund the translation of disaster planning information in Braille for people who are blind or have low vision to enable people to prepare an emergency kit and an emergency evacuation pack. Braille House will include information on what to include in these packs to prepare for natural disasters, including safety and general tips like a battery powered radio and contact names and addresses on a USB to make it easier for others to help.

Everick Foundation

Everick Foundation is a not-for-profit dedicated to building collaborations in research, outreach, and management to facilitate Indigenous and local communities in the pursuit of their heritage goals. In partnership with the Wulli Wulli, the grant will fund a 5-day drone survey of Isla Gorger National Park to inform the protection of highly significant heritage places from future bushfires. This survey will involve deploying a range of drone models to inspect the park’s inaccessible cliff systems for the presence of cultural heritage, to assess the nature and conditions of those sites, and to identify vulnerabilities to future disasters. The results of this survey will be mapped and provided to the Wulli Wulli and Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service to facilitate the protection of identified sites and inform ongoing controlled burn regimes in preparation for future bushfires.

WA

Darling Range Wildlife Shelter

Darling Range Wildlife Shelter (DRWS) is a volunteer, not-for-profit organisation whose purpose is to rehabilitate native wildlife and promote the value of biodiversity. The grant will be used to fund the services of a bushfire consultant and land care professional to: provide advice on environmental and facility modifications in order to protect volunteers and on-site wildlife in circumstances of bushfire, undertake fire warden training for volunteers, provide advice on equipment and procedures needed in case of bushfire to best prepare and protect DRWS during bushfire season (such as tree pruning). This will all better prepare the community for bushfire, ensuring the shelter is fit-for-purpose and volunteers are up-to-speed in the event of a bushfire emergency.

Trillion Trees Established

Trillion Trees Established (registered as MOTTWA) is a grassroots organisation working to plant native trees to reduce the impact of climate change, improve biodiversity and combat salinity and soil erosion. The grant will fund the Kambarang Festival, a safe friendly way to reconnect people with nature, educate the community on how to create a sustainable future and resilient environment in a fun and practical way while inspiring a love of and respect for the natural environment.

Margaret River Community Pantry

Margaret River Community Pantry aims to function as a social enterprise to facilitate the community’s access to an appropriate, safe, affordable and stable food supply. The grant will be used to fund the fit-out of a commercial kitchen at the Community Pantry, which is a community-owned and operated food redistribution enterprise to disrupt food insecurity with networked support activities. The kitchen would be where 'prepare and share meals' are arranged and skills training can be provided.

North Midlands Project

North Midlands Project is a not-for-profit arts, culture, history and heritage organisation working towards regional Western Australia to be known for its happy, healthy communities and vibrant, connected towns. The grant will be used to fund a solar battery that has capacity to work off-grid, to provide electricity to the community in the event of a power outage such as that recently experienced in the aftermath of tropical cyclone Seroja. The configuration will also have the benefit of storing generated electricity not used in the day for consumption in the evening after the sun has set.

Esperance Zone Innovation

Esperance Zone Innovation Group aims to provide capacity building of producers in Esperance in regards to Agricultural Technologies by investigating new opportunities or processes related to technology on the farm; coordinating projects related to AgTech or Information Technology systems relevant to agriculture; host information days and workshops to improve knowledge around technology; and network and collaborate with other like-minded groups to advance agtech adoption. This grant will fund a pilot technology system that provides local fire captains or emergency management teams with real-time information on water availability across water assets (i.e. farm water tanks) in the Esperance Shire, which is 200km wide by 100km deep and covers 4.2 million hectares. This project aims to improve the efficiency in which time and water resources are used.

Grief Centre of Western Australia

WA Grief Support trading as the Grief Centre of Western Australia is a specialist grief support service with a mission to change the way grief is viewed and responded to in the workplace, in homes and in the general community. This grant will be used to fund the design, prototype and launch Grief and Resilience Training for emergency service professionals and community members. The grant will also support project management, and the coordination and analysis, of the training held in key locations along the Darling Scarp in the Perth hinterlands where significant natural flora and fauna have been lost, and property damaged due to natural disasters.

SA

Spring Head Trinity Lutheran Church

Spring Head Trinity Lutheran Church provides assistance to the community in times of disaster. This grant will fund the upgrade of the electrical system for the Church hall, which allows the connection of the 60 KVA generator. Being prone to fires in the Adelaide Hills, Spring Head Lutheran wishes to improve the site's preparedness for future natural disasters. During the recent fire, community members utilised the premises with their families and pets.

Schools Ministry Group

Schools Ministry Group is the largest provider of Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care services in South Australia, empowering over 65% of state schools, and their greater communities. This grant will fund resilience workshops and training for extended school communities, with the aim of building connections by opening lines of communication and the capacity for more resilient social/emotional connection within family systems and community systems. The grant will fund the provision of freely-accessible online training clips, with a focus on face-to-face community workshops, in centralised school communities, and follow-up online training for key community champions, such as school leaders and wellbeing practitioners, pastoral care workers, and community leaders.

Lobethal Recreation Ground Sports Club

Lobethal Recreation Ground Sports Club is a community owned and community managed recreational facility whose primary mandate is to provide modern and safe recreational and sporting facilities for the Lobethal community and surrounding districts. The grant will be used to fund the build of an outside kitchen, laundry and storage area to be used by the sports club and community in times of disaster. During natural disasters, the emergency feeding station, and temporary laundry facility will be used by those displaced or by volunteers helping with the recovery.

Goolwa District Pony Club

Goolwa District Pony Club encourages young people to ride and enjoy all kinds of sport connected with horses and riding. This grant will fund the installation of rainwater collection, storage and utilisation so that the Goolwa pony club can provide year-round green-space for the Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu communities, which are frequently affected by bushfires and are often contacted by horse owners looking to relocate to a safer location. The aim is to improve facilities to eventually be a Bushfire Safer Place. This will also provide an excellent location for local community members to safely gather during a disaster.

Nature Foundation

Nature Foundation is a not-for-profit foundation that invests in conserving, restoring, and protecting South Australian landscapes, flora and fauna to ensure their survival. This grant will be used to fund the trial of remotely piloted aircraft fitted with thermal technology to detect and estimate the density, abundance and distribution of large native mammals (macropods, wombats) and pest animals (cats, goats, foxes) within Nature Reserves, and to compare and calibrate on-ground survey methodologies (thermal binoculars). If proven successful, this aerial survey methodology will allow the Foundation to undertake cost effective surveys at a much greater scale improving its monitoring and evaluation programs of native and pest species, particularly if spatially hot spot areas can be identified and targeted for management intervention.

Stokes Bay Community Hall

Stokes Bay Community Hall was a central place in the life of the community; a place where the community could gather for activities such as community events, church services, tennis games and Christmas shows. First established in 1953, the Hall was severely damaged by the fires, with a large proportion of its structure and the recently completed kitchen extension lost to the fires. The grant will assist in the recovery and trauma from the bushfires, by rebuilding the Stokes Bay Community Hall and provide the community a place to gather again. Apart from being a general community gathering space, the hall also encompasses child-care facilities, musical performance spaces, community functions/events, the tennis club, church and more.

May 2021 (Round 1) Community Grants recipients

The following four grant recipients were awarded an additional $25,000, to deepen the long-term impact of their initiatives in the community or environment: Australian First Responder Foundation, Rural Health Connect, Yuku Baja Miluka Landowner & Reserve Ltd and Breaking the Silence.

Full list of the 55 organisations and initiatives supported with grants below.

See our 2021 recipients in action

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VIC

Alexandra Football Netball Club

Alexandra Showgrounds and Recreation Reserve re-development project - The Alexandra Football Netball Club was used as the key disaster evacuation staging area during the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires. At that time, portable lighting was required to operate the site. As part of a four-stage redevelopment project, this grant will help fund new lighting to the Reserve, upgrading it to allow for permanent and reliable lighting in times of natural disaster.

Anam Cara House Colac

Protecting our hospice for the future - Anam Cara House Colac is a community-owned hospice providing respite, palliative care and end of life care for the people of South West Victoria. This grant will fund fire safety infrastructure and training to better protect individuals, carers and families involved in the hospice.

Art of The Minds Inc

Preparing our mindset for the future, Art of The Minds Festival - Art of The Minds Inc aims to activate, educate and engage the Victorian Surf Coast and wider community to creatively manage mental health and wellbeing, This grant will fund a two-day mental health first aid training event for 40 people living in the Surf Coast Shire, including Country Fire Authority staff, Lorne Community Hospital carers and people that have experienced a natural disaster.

Griefline Community and Family Services Inc

Life after loss - Griefline is a free national helpline offering confidential telephone counselling 7 days a week, 365 days a year to all Australian communities. This grant will fund a 4-part series of interviews with natural disaster survivors, first responders and emergency workers, and high-profile people who have worked through their grief and loss as a result of natural disasters.

Koroit Football Netball Club Inc

Sustainable solar energy hot water system project - Koroit Football Netball Club is used as a Moyne Shires Emergency Relief Centre location during natural disasters. This grant will fund the replacement of an ageing electric hot water system (the club's biggest financial and environmental energy cost) with low energy renewable solar hot water systems.

Lions Club of Portarlington Drysdale Inc

Generators to help in fund raising and emergency response - Lions Club of Portarlington Drysdale are improving their emergency response equipment to be used in the event of a natural disaster. This grant will fund the purchase of two generators to operate the club's mobile cool room in off grid locations, storing food and powering mobile BBQs for safe food preparation.

Loddon Campaspe Multicultural Services

Multilingual emergency alert resource - Loddon Campaspe Multicultural Services, is the peak body for the Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria that aims to empower people from migrant and refugee backgrounds to participate fully in Australian society. This grant will fund the creation of a website platform to pilot the communication of emergency information in seven languages.

Rural Health Connect

Rural Health Connect and Gippsland Rural Financial Counselling Service partnership pilot - Rural Health Connect is an online platform that links people in rural Australia to psychologists over video calls and phone calls, helping to manage the impacts of drought, bushfire, floods and isolation and addressing the fact that rural people's access to psychologists is less than a fifth of the rate of people in cities.

St. John Ambulance Australia (Victoria) Inc.

Youth program volunteer recruitment for bush fire affected divisions - St John Ambulance Australia (Victoria) Inc exists to help those who are in sickness, distress, suffering or danger. This grant will fund the recruitment of new volunteers that provide lifesaving first aid support in communities around Gippsland and Wodonga that have experienced bushfires, and help better prepare for future natural disasters.

The Scout Association of Australia Victorian Branch

Bundoora Scouts going carbon neutral - The Bundoora branch of the Scout Association of Australia (Victoria) is committed to be carbon neutral by the end of 2021, an aspiration driven by its youth members. This grant will fund an energy storage solution that will be charged during the day and expended throughout the evening when the hall is mostly used.

The Reach Foundation

Reach Regional workshop delivery support - The Reach Foundation runs group workshops, led entirely by young people, to develop the social and emotional wellbeing of other young people. This grant will fund personal development workshops for school-aged children living in Moree/Narrabrai and South Coast regions of NSW that have been directly impacted by drought, bushfires and flooding.

Totally Renewable Yackandanah

Powering the Yack CFA - Totally Renewable Yackandandah is a 100% volunteer run community group. This grant will fund a 13kWh battery for the town's volunteer rural fire station to optimise the current solar and battery system and provide a robust platform to deliver more reliable bushfire response capability.

Transition Village Wallan (TVW)

Transition Village Wallan (a hub for change) - TVW are building a village of sustainable Tiny Houses for people experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness in the community. This grant will help fund the purchase and installation of a small community central hub for TVW groups to meet, plan actions, and educate village residents and vulnerable people on climate change and how to adapt their skills to use in crisis times.

Wonthaggi Life Saving Club

Over-coming flooding of Cape Paterson Bay Beach coastal area - The Wonthaggi Life Saving Club rooms were destroyed in 2019 when a severe storm hit the Cape Paterson area. This grant will fund the first stage of a holistic rebuilding plan designed to protect the club against future adverse weather events.

Woodend Neighbourhood House Inc

A connected Woodend - Following the devastating Australian bushfires in 2019/2020, the Woodend Neighbourhood House brought members and social groups together to meet regularly to strengthen connections between the local community. This grant will fund facilitated meetings and an event to deepen community connection, and preparedness and recovery after natural disasters.

ACT

Parentline ACT

Supporting regional families in a time of trauma - Parentline ACT is a not-for-profit community organisation that is the only telephone counselling service for parents and carers in the ACT. This grant will fund office support and professional supervision of fully trained volunteer counsellors, allowing them to collect and collate specific resources in supporting local and regional families plagued by ongoing trauma as a result of the 2020 bushfires.

Theodore Primary School

Bike riding to combat climate change - Theodore Primary School is a public school in ACT that is focusing on sustainability and what they can do to help the environment. This grant will enable the school to purchase school bikes and scooters to teach basic bike and road safety skills, and lend them to students to travel to and from school to reduce their carbon footprint and eliminate greenhouse gas emissions in the community.

NSW

Australian Mercy G'day Farmer (a registered project under Australian Relief & Mercy Services.)

Temporary housing project - Australian Relief & Mercy Services (Australian Mercy) is a Christian Aid and Development Organisation. This grant will go toward the G'day Farmer ‘temporary housing alternative’ project that aims to provide wind, water and vermin proof living space for landowners in the Nymboida and nearby region who lost their homes in the 2019/20 bushfire disaster.

Australian First Responder Foundation (AFRF)

Emergency first responder retreat - Australian First Responder Foundation is a not for profit, charitable organisation who serve and honour volunteer and emergency first responders and their families mental health and wellbeing through peer support, education, and wellbeing retreats. This grant will enable AFRF to deliver a weekend retreat program for 15 Emergency First Responders of the NSW South Coast who were heavily involved in the 2019/2020 bushfire response, providing them with the opportunity to develop the skills and capabilities in reducing the impact on their mental health and wellbeing and the chance to reconnect, reframe and reset prior to returning to their workplaces.

Cawdor Public School Parents & Carers (P&C) Association

Cawdor family camp and activities - Cawdor Public School P&C Association supports students, families, staff and community of the semi-rural community of Cawdor. Disruptions due to bushfires and COVID-19 have hindered the ability of the adults caring for the students to connect. This grant will be used for a family / carers camp designed to break down barriers, support community cohesion and belonging, and community preparedness for future disasters.

Container of Dreams Ltd

Micro-housing solutions for bushfire victims - Container of Dreams build and provide affordable housing to the neediest in the Tabulam, NSW community using micro-housing solutions, including building Tiny Houses for bushfire victims. The Tabulam community was extremely hard hit, losing over 200 homes in several blazes in 2019/2020. There are still people who have not been able to return to their properties. This grant will fund the build of one of these Tiny Houses for someone without one.

Country Women's Association (CWA) Lismore Evening Branch

Flood proof storage initiative - CWA Lismore Evening Branch is a not-for-profit organisation that aims to improve the conditions for country women and children, especially those living in rural and remote Australia. Community groups such as the CWA are essential to provide support affected people and those who need a calm familiar space in times of natural disaster. In 2017 the Lismore Evening Branch rooms were flooded, causing significant loss and this grant will flood proof the rooms. This grant will flood proof the Lismore Evening Branch rooms.

Lions Club of Tenterfield Inc

Flood relief for affected farmers - Lions Club of Tenterfield Inc support farmers in the Tenterfield Shire region who experienced heavy flooding in March 2021. These farmers have recently recovered from the 2019/2020 bush fires and 5 years of drought. This grant will go toward the rebuilding of fences.

Living Connected Now Limited

Training seniors in regional NSW to install and use emergency service apps - Living Connected develops partnerships with local community organisations throughout Southern NSW, to mentor seniors in digital skills, training them to use the Internet and become digitally included. In 2020, they distributed free devices to bushfire victims and those in lockdown because of COVID, as well as delivered training to seniors who already have their own devices. This grant will fund the expansion of these services into regional areas of NSW where seniors are most vulnerable and not always digitally literate.

Love Culburra Beach Festival Incorporated

Culburra Beach Community connectiveness & resilience project - Love Culburra Beach Festival is a community organisation that seeks to foster holistic community engagement in the South Coast region. This grant will support a critical project to rebuild connectiveness and increase resilience following drought, bushfires, floods and COVID. 100 people will share their stories of disaster and resilience through a series of photographic workshops at the community centre, which will then be showcased in the regional festival in September 2021. Over 15,000 people will actively engage with this project in 2021.

Rotary Club of Pambula

Portable laundry and bathroom pod - The Rotary Club of Pambula is working with regional communities affected by bushfires in the shire in Far NSW. This grant will go toward funding portable bathroom pods for those that are still not able to access everyday sanitation such as running water, flushing toilets and showers.

Rotary Club of Woolgoolga Inc

Working with the SES to prepare Corindi/Woolgoolga for natural disasters and emergencies - The Rotary Club of Woolgoolga Inc, mid north coast NSW, is undertaking natural disaster preparedness works. This grant will fund the installation of electrical wiring in the local Corindi Woolgoolga SES Unit to connect the main building to their storage shed which houses electrical generators, enabling the unit to function effectively in a blackout. The grant will also fund “Grab and Go kits” for 40 households that are in the flood prone areas of the Corindi Flood Plain.

Royal Far West

Help for country children experiencing post-traumatic stress, behavioural problems & mental health issues - Royal Far West connects country kids to healthcare by delivering health, education and disability services in a residential facility in Manly and via technology and in-community programs. This grant will fund services for traumatised country children, including psychiatric assessment, review and regular tele-therapy as a result of the 2019/20 bushfires.

SCARF Incorporated

Natural disaster preparedness project (bush fires) - SCARF is a social enterprise using hospitality to transform lives. This grant will fund a series of in-language workshops in conjunction with the Rural Fire Service, that targets emerging communities from refugee and new migrant backgrounds residing in the Illawarra region with practical information to prepare, stay safe and promote resilience about natural disaster emergencies.

Teen Challenge NSW Inc

Preparing the residential site for emergency evacuation due to natural disasters - ONE80TC is a not-for-profit organisation that provides long-term residential treatment and rehabilitation services for young men. This grant will towards enhancing emergency evacuation procedures and improvements to their preparedness plans to natural disasters and emergencies.

Upper Spring Creek Landcare

Support and Survival (Western Sydney dry rainforest habitat, Stage 2) - Upper Spring Creek Landcare is a community-based movement around Australia working together to shape the future of our land, biodiversity and waterways. The Upper Spring Creek Landcare group in Wollondilly Shire, has been severely impacted drought, bushfires and flooding. This area includes tree species for koala habitat. This grant will fund land care bush regeneration work to help their survival and strengthen the environment to be more resilient to natural disasters.

Winmalee Neighbourhood Centre Inc

Women and disaster - Winmaleee Neighbourhood Centre Inc was at the epicentre of the 2013 Linksview Road Fires. It has since developed an extensive Emergency Relief & Recovery Program to build resilience in traumatised communities. This grant will fund a series of workshops, targeting women in communities in Lithgow, Blue Mountains and Hawkesbury who were directly impacted by the fires, empowering them to identify the critical changes needed in order to plan, prepare and take action in future disaster.

QLD

Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Assoc Inc

Safety first with life jackets - The Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Assoc Inc is a marine search and rescue organisation comprised entirely of volunteers. This grant will fund the purchase of life jackets to meet Australian standards and safety regulations and ensure the safety of the public that may need to be evacuated from coastal communities by marine rescue in the event of fire or flood when the only way to safety is by sea.

Capricorn Film Festival

Sharko Inspire, Connect, Assist - The Capricorn Film Festival is to be Central Queensland's premiere film arts organisation. This grant will go toward a strategic mental health initiative which will tour the Central Queensland region, in partnership with feature documentary Sharko and Movember to bring awareness and support for men’s health and wellbeing as the region recovers from the mental and physical impact of the devastating Queensland bushfires.

Coastal Dry Tropics Landcare Inc.

Bush garden nursery relocation project - Coastal Dry Tropics Landcare is a community group dedicated to conservation and restoration of native vegetation around Townsville. This grant will fund nursery equipment for a new revegetation site, with the aim of continuing to safeguard Townsville ecosystems from future floods, droughts, or cyclones by strengthening landscapes from the threat of erosion and increasing drought tolerant species.

GIVIT Listed Ltd

Virtual volunteering giving portal – GIVIT is a national, online charity that provides critical support in natural disasters by working with local and state and local governments to find out exactly what people need and connecting them immediately with donations. This grant will fund the upgrade of the GIVIT portal to filter, manage and match people willing to give their skilled or unskilled time as a virtual volunteer to help small charities and not-for-profits, many of which have been impacted by natural disasters.

Jindalee Districts Australian Football and Netball Club Inc

Wireless soil moisture monitoring system - The Jindalee Districts Australian Football and Netball Club is a not-for-profit community sports club run by volunteers. This grant will fund the installation of a network of wireless soil moisture sensors under the club oval. The project will significantly reduce water usage, eliminate water waste and proactively address future climate risks.

Maroochydore State Emergency Service

Emergency response and training equipment - Maroochydore SES is an all-volunteer organisation of 85 members that supports the Sunshine Coast Community during times of disaster and emergencies. This grant will fund new equipment for use by the SES response crews when deployed.

Moriarty Park Committee

Commercial fridge project - Moriarty Park Hall and Grounds in Canungra acted as an evacuation hub during the 2019/2020 bushfires. This grant will fund the cost of purchasing a new glass fronted fridge for use during any future natural disaster response efforts.

Murphy's Creek Rural Fire Brigade

Purchase of new and replacement tools and equipment - Murphy's Creek Rural Fire Brigade is the only emergency services provider in Murphy’s Creek in the Lockyer Valley Region and is the first response agency for fires, medical emergencies, rescues, searches for lost persons and road crashes. This grant will fund the purchase of new cordless power tools, specialised fire and rescue tools and replace aging chainsaws.

Port Douglas Community Service Network Inc

Install solar panels, to reduce our carbon footprint, and reduce expenditure on coal fired electricity supply - The Port Douglas Community Service Network Inc operates a neighbourhood centre where vulnerable local residents seek support and emergency relief in times of natural disaster and other crises. This grant will fund the purchase of a generator that will keep the neighbourhood centre running during power blackouts, most often caused by extreme weather events such as cyclones, allowing it to continue to provide a sense of normality and a welcoming environment for the community.

Rattler Railway Company Limited

Gear up with Gertie - The Rattler Railway Company Limited operates the Gympie Emergency Response Train, affectionally known as GERTIE, which is a support vehicle for emergency responses to bushfire along the Mary Valley heritage line in south east Queensland. This grant will fund ergonomic refurbishment and equipment of the train to increase protection from extreme conditions and help keep GERTIE operational for up to another 10 years.

Scenic Rim Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Inc

Mobile field hospital - Scenic Rim Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Inc. is a wildlife rescue group operating in the Scenic Rim LGA in South East Queensland. This grant will fund the purchase of a bus and refurbished it into a mobile vet hospital that can deployed at times of natural disasters.

Tablelands Regional Council

Information Technology resources and generator switch installation for community disaster teams - Tablelands Regional Council has a local disaster management group that addresses disaster mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery. This grant will fund the purchase of information technology for community disaster teams, as well as the installation of generator switches at Millaa Millaa and Mt Garnet headquarters.

Theodore Early Childhood Centre Association

Solar power installation - Theodore was the first town in Queensland to be fully evacuated during the 2010/11 floods. This grant will fund the installation of solar panels at the early childhood centre to reduce carbon energy usage by 40-50%, thereby reducing energy costs and allowing the allocation of funds to projects, supplies and education materials, including for the centre's focus on educating the children about safeguarding the future of the planet living in a sustainable way.

Townsville Christian College

Solar power our school - Townsville Christian College has a twenty-year plan to build more school infrastructure in Vincent, Townsville and wants to reduce the lifetime carbon footprint of the school by using solar power. This grant will help fund solar panels on one of the school buildings, helping with ongoing power costs, contributing to educating young people about the importance of renewable energy and helping to support renewable energy as part of the Australian culture.

Tully Horse Performance Centre

Hooves and paws for a cause - Tully Horse Performance Centre provides facility management of the equestrian grounds in North Queensland. It played a key role in rebuilding social connection in its community after Cyclone Yasi. This grant will fund a series of clinics with the aim of helping the community to be more mentally resilient to disasters by connecting them with the unconditional love they receive from their animals.

Yuku Baja Muliku Landowner & Reserves Ltd

Yuku Baja Muliku Baya Wayju ("light a fire") Project - Yuku Baja Muliku Landowner & Reserves Ltd, the traditional custodians of Archer Point in North Queensland, are dedicated to promoting empowerment of people, protection of the environment and respect of cultural diversity. This grant will help develop its regular traditional burning activities that prevent wildfires into a carbon credit arm of its business by funding the cost of a carbon market advisor (who is a traditional owner for the area), to help establish the business, with the long-term aim of creating a hub for indigenous carbon within the region.

Volunteer Marine Rescue Whitsundays Inc

Replace VHF radio repeater mast - Volunteer Marine Rescue Whitsundays exists to save lives at sea. This grant will help fund the removal of VHF (very high frequency) equipment by helicopter from Mt Robison, a rock outcrop at 1300 ft, and reinstate the equipment and a new mast/tower. Both installations are environmentally conscious, using wind and solar power.

WA

Breaking the Silence (trading as DvAssist)

Virtual family and domestic violence (FDV) counselling services and online directory - DVAssist addresses the complex issue of abusive relationships in 16 regional, rural and remote (RRR) areas of WA via a helpline, web counselling service, online information hub and service directory. Domestic violence increases during natural disasters, when services can be shut down leaving victims isolated and at greater risk .This grant will fund virtual family and FDV support services in 4 RRR areas prone to natural disasters - the Shires of Carnarvon/Exmouth/Shark Bay/Upper Gascoyne, via a helpline, counselling service (telephone and webchat), online information hub and service directory.

Geraldton Community Toy Library Inc.

Fire safety playdate - Geraldton Community Toy Library is a volunteer operated toy collection providing play and learning experiences for babies, toddlers, pre-schoolers and early childhood. This grant will fund a community fire safety playdate for families in Geraldton with children aged 0-6, where fire safety education will be provided via “learn through play”.

SA

Adelaide and Hills Koala Rescue - 1300 KOALAZ Incorporated

Replanting koala's natural habitat - Adelaide and Hills Koala Rescue are a group of koala rescuers who protect Koalas in the wild through enhancement and protection of their natural habitat. This grant will fund the replanting of Eucalyptus trees that were burnt in the 2019/2020 bushfires to rebuild lost koala habitats. The project will create corridors for the koalas escape in future bushfires.

Foodbank of South Australia Inc.

Foodbank SA bush fire food relief program - Adelaide Hills - Foodbank South Australia was appointed the primary provider of food relief for Adelaide Hills and Kangaroo Island bushfire zones by the State Emergency Disaster Management and Recovery agency. This grant will fund 20,000 meals for people continuing to experience hardship and food insecurity.

Habitat for Humanity Australia SA

Gardens of Hope - Habitat for Humanity (HfH) SA builds, rehabilitates and repairs homes in sustainable communities with support from homeowner families, volunteers, donors and partner organisations. HfH SA has a team of volunteers that have actively served for more than 230 days in the communities of Cudlee Creek, Lobethal, Woodside, Brukunga, Harrogate, Charleston, Lenswood, Gumeracha, Kenton Valley, Montacute and Mt Torrens, where more than 90 homes were destroyed by bushfires in December 2019. This grant will help fund the next phase of bushfire recovery program in the area, to assisting local residents to rebuild and replant their gardens, once their home construction is complete

Junction Australia - Kangaroo Island Community Centre

Mental health first aid training - Kangaroo Island - Following the 2019/20 bushfires, the Kangaroo Island community benefited from more than 100 members receiving mental health first aid training provided by Breakthrough Mental Health Research Foundation. This grant will fund the extension of training to sporting clubs on Kangaroo Island, as the clubs are a critical starting point for maximum traction in engaging a large number of local stakeholders, assisting future recovery efforts and increasing mental health skills.

*No applications were received during Round 1 for Tasmania or Northern Territory.

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

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.

Odonata

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

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.

2016
  • Black Dog Institute
  • Smiling Mind
  • Garvan Institute of Medical Research
  • Rural and Remote Mental Health
  • Top Blokes Foundation
  • STREAT
2008 - 2016
  • Lifeline Australia
2004 - 2015
  • Garvan Research Foundation
2015
  • 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, Eliza Anderson and Gulay Kunduz - 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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