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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I apply to nib foundation for funding?

Most of the $1.5 – 2 million invested in community health initiatives each year is allocated to our ongoing partners and through proactive development of new partnerships, or in support of our employee fundraising. All of these focus areas and grant streams are outlined on our Funding page.

There is opportunity to apply once each year to our Health Smart Grant during the designated grant rounds. We do not invite applications outside of our annual grant round.

What are the Health Smart Grants?

Launched in 2019, the Health Smart Grants are our new grant program that has replaced the Community Grant Program as our annual competitive grant round.

You can find out all the details by visiting Health Smart Partners.

How do I apply for a Health Smart Grant?

The Health Smart Grant program accepts Expressions of Interest once a year. 2021 grant round is now closed, 2022 to be announced early in the new year.

Visit the Health Smart Grants page for details on eligibility, the grant guidelines, and how to apply.

Who is eligible to apply to nib foundation?

Most funding from nib foundation is distributed from our Private Ancillary Fund, therefore to be eligible to apply, including to our Health Smart Grant, organisation’s must be registered charities and also endorsed as Item 1 Deductible Gift Recipients (DGR1).

Where does nib foundation provide community funding support?

nib foundation provides grants that benefit regional, rural and metropolitan communities throughout Australia, supporting both national and more local initiatives. We also have a particular focus on the Hunter region in honour of nib’s origin and operating footprint. We also support a number of community health initiatives in New Zealand.

Can my organisation apply for more than one Health Smart Grant?

We ask that you only submit one Health Smart Grant EOI per organisation. Please contact us if you require assistance in determining which of your projects best meets our criteria.

What types of projects have been supported in the past?

For information about our current and past partners, visit Our Partners. More information on our partners can be found in our annual Community Reports.

Can I apply for a Prevention Partnership with nib foundation?

Application to the Prevention Partnerships program is by invitation only. This program supports a small number of organisations with substantial sized grants over a number of years. Organisations may submit their project concepts from time to time when we call for Expressions of Interest. We will not be seeking Expressions of Interest in 2020.

Does nib foundation support research projects?

The Prevention Partnerships and Health Smart Partners programs do not fund pure research, medical research or clinical trials, however we do consider projects that translate new evidence into practice in a way that is practical, scalable and promotable, and meets all our other criteria.

What items can I request funding for?

We fund the salary and wages of the people who will be delivering the project you apply for, plus any additional costs associated with delivering and evaluating the project including travel, printing, consumables, supervision, technology development and external advice.

We generally do not fund core operating costs which we define as the expenses associated with your organisation existing and operating its core projects, including office overheads and salary of key positions.

Do we need co-funding for our programs?

No, nib foundation is willing to contribute 100% of the cost of a project. We are also happy to jointly fund a project in collaboration with other donors, however we prefer not to make a small contribution as part of a very big project.

Who do I contact for more information?

nib foundation welcomes enquiries about the foundation’s grant programs and funding support to community health initiatives through our online enquiry form.

Contact details for all enquiries to nib health funds can be made here and request for corporate sponsorship can be submitted here.

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