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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

NAB Foundation Community Grants fund local projects that help communities prepare for natural disasters, support long-term recovery and build resilience against future disasters.

Grants of up to $10,000 are available to fund community-led 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
  • Resilience: 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 1 Community Grants recipients announced

Congratulations to the 2021 NAB Foundation Community Grants recipients!

In May 2021, NAB Foundation awarded a total of 55 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 for 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: Australian First Responder Foundation, Rural Health Connect, Yuku Baja Miluka Landowner & Reserve Ltd and Breaking the Silence.

See our 2021 recipients in action

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See more ways we’re supporting communities.

You’ll find a full list of the 55 organisations and initiatives supported with grants below.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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”.


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 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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