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nib foundation's Community Grant applications open soon

Applications will open next week for nib foundation's seventh annual Community Grant funding round.

The national charitable foundation is again looking to support charity-run, grassroots initiatives that make a positive difference to the health and wellbeing of communities across metropolitan and regional areas of Australia.

The annual funding round will see the foundation allocate between 10 and 15 grants of up to $50,000 to registered charities to undertake community-based programs that run for up to 12 months.

nib foundation Chairman, Keith Lynch said that the community grants are a good example of how even modest amounts of funding can assist a dedicated not-for-profit group to make a real difference by tackling an area of need within its own community.

"Our focus is on supporting programs that aim to make real change to health issues and meet a demand that is not adequately addressed by existing services," Mr Lynch said.

"This may include improving access to current and targeted health information and education, building capacity to cope with health challenges through improved social connectedness, mentoring and peer support, or trialling new ways to improve physical, mental and social wellbeing," he added.

The foundation seeks to partner with organisations that are offering practical approaches to addressing these important health issues for young people and carers.

"These two groups have growing, unmet health needs that are not currently being adequately addressed by existing services and we see any opportunity to help meet these needs," Mr Lynch said.

Since its establishment in 2008, nib foundation has committed more than $12 million in funding to over 80 programs that are having a lasting impact by making a real and measurable difference to health and wellbeing in communities across Australia.

Applications for the 2015 Community Grant round open on Monday 1 June and close at 5pm on Friday 26 June 2015. Application forms are available at nibfoundation.com.au