NAB Community Grants – Building community resilience against natural disasters and climate change.

By Clive Stubbington

Dear NRPG members and interested,

For your information/opportunity – see:

Kind regards,
Steve Gates

President, NRPG Bushcarers

NAB Foundation Community Grants


This program aims to fund local projects that help communities prepare for natural disasters, support long-term recovery and build resilience against future disasters and climate change.

There are two funding categories available:

1. Community grants

  • Aims to provide support for a defined project, program or initiative or part of a project, program or initiative.
  • Grants of up to $10,000 are available. Grants will be proportionate to the actual cost of a project, program or initiative. 
  • The Foundation anticipates providing at least 100 community grants over a 12-month period. Will consider outperforming arcDUG status. These numbers may differ depending on the nature and needs of the successful applicants.
  • A total funding pool of $1 million is available.

2. Impact grants

  • Aims to provide extra funding on top of the community grants recipients to support them in recreating their project in other areas, scale it or measure the impact.
  • Up to eight impact grants are awarded per year to projects that intend to have long-term social or environmental impact. These will be allocated as a single, one-off contribution to be used over a 12-month period. 
  • A total funding pool of $200,000 is available.
  • Community grants recipients will go on a shortlist from which whole-of-organisation NAB votes will decide on the recipients.
  • Applications can’t be submitted for this category.

The funding round dates are:

  • Round 1: Closed 28 February 2023
  • Round 2: Opened 1 March and closes 31 August 2023

Organisations can only apply and receive one grant in a year.

Who Can Apply?

Eligible applicants include:

  • Charities that are registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for- Profits Commission (ACNC).
  • Social enterprises (not-for-profit and for-profit) or start-ups with social and/or environmental impact at the core of their business.
  • Groups or organisations (not-for-profit and for-profit) that hold an Australian Business Number (ABN) and have a charitable purpose.
  • Local government or government-funded facilities (such as a school or childcare centre) seeking funding for a program that furthers charitable purpose.

The organisation does not need to have Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status. 

Please refer to the website for the complete eligibility requirements.

Eligible Activities

Eligible projects, programs or initiatives must be on one or more of the following focus areas:

  • 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.

Please refer to the website for the complete list of eligible projects, programs or initiatives.


The following are ineligible for funding:

  • Organisations or programs outside of Australia.
  • Organisations that don’t have an ABN or those that don’t hold charitable purpose.
  • Individual applicants or personal expenses.
  • Programs that don’t align to the aims of the community grant program.
  • Activities that may be deemed harmful to the community or the environment.
  • Recurrent costs or continued funding (grants and prizes are one-off).
  • Government entities.
  • Retrospective requests, general fundraising appeals or commercial sponsorships.
  • Business as usual activities, including marketing and fundraising activities.
  • Religious or sectarian education.
  • Political support or political organisations.
  • Bequest programs.
  • Foundations that are grant-making bodies.


Nicole O’Neill   Director Community Engagement
City of Kalamunda | 2 Railway Road Kalamunda WA 6076 | PO Box 42 Kalamunda WA 6926
T (08) 9257 9825 | M 0417 591 777 |

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