How we work
with our partners

We value the knowledge and capacity of our partners, and work with organisations aligned with our values and strategic focus.

Our partners work directly with communities and are led by the needs and desired outcomes defined by the people they serve. We value partnerships that recognise the diverse and interconnected challenges faced by disadvantaged communities, and that actively collaborate with others to provide coordinated support.

We work to develop long-term partnerships with trusted organisations, with a view to providing increasingly untied, flexible funding where appropriate.

How we fund
& funding eligibility

What initiatives does the Judith Neilson Foundation fund? 

We fund partnerships that align with our mission and areas of work, primarily in Australia and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Does the Judith Neilson Foundation accept unsolicited funding proposals?

We do not accept unsolicited proposals for funding. Instead, we identify partners through extensive research based on an organisation’s alignment with our areas of work.

How can I find out about calls for Expressions of Interest?

We will announce any calls for Expressions of Interest on our website and social media. You can also subscribe for timely updates directly to your inbox.

How does the Judith Neilson Foundation allocate funding?

We identify potential recipients through our own research and due diligence and then engage in a detailed evaluation process. Funding requests follow a two-step process (concept and proposal development) prior to allocation of funding.

How does the Judith Neilson Foundation decide on the funding amounts and duration for projects and partnerships it supports?

We determine funding amounts through careful evaluation and joint consideration of the proposed projects or partnerships. We support pilot and one- to two-year programs; multi-year programs; and innovation projects. The Foundation seeks to develop trust-filled, multi-year partnerships wherever appropriate, providing both program oriented funds as well as unrestricted flexible funding where possible.

What types of funding does the Judith Neilson Foundation provide?

We provide funding across the full spectrum, ranging from grants, loans to impact investment for innovation.
We are also supportive of funding overhead and measurement and evaluation costs.

Does the Judith Neilson Foundation fund individuals?

We focus on funding organisations or consortiums of organisations to ensure broader impact and bring about sustainable change.

How does the Judith Neilson Foundation connect to Judith Neilson’s funding of the arts, architecture and journalism?

The Judith Neilson Foundation operates independently from Judith Neilson’s projects in the arts, architecture and journalism. To learn more about Judith Neilson's projects, we encourage you to explore her projects website

Partner spotlight

Clinton Health Access Initiative


Wedzerai Manyere at Chinhoyi Provincial Hospital Laboratory in Mashonaland West. CHAI is supporting the Ministry of Health and Child Care to optimise laboratory processes and integrate HPV testing.

The Clinton Health Access Initiative is a global health organisation committed to saving lives and reducing the burden of disease in low-and middle-income countries, while strengthening governments and the private sector to create sustainable high-quality health systems. In Zimbabwe, a nation with one of the highest rates of cervical cancer in the world, the Clinton Health Access Initiative is making cervical cancer preventative care and treatment more accessible and affordable for women...

Two Good Co.


Credit: Patrina Tinslay

Through the creation of beautiful, high-quality food and products, Two Good Co support, empower and employ women with lived experience of domestic violence and homelessness, hiring the women from the shelters they donate to and empowering them to re-establish their self-belief and independence.

Our partnership with Two Good Co. helps to support women and girls who are experiencing...

The Brave Ones


Credit: Davina Jogi

The Akashinga — which means the Brave Ones in Shona — are a remarkable team of female wildlife rangers protecting nature conservation areas across 9.1 million acres in Africa.

In 2017, the International Anti-Poaching Foundation (IAPF) began the Akashinga program in Zimbabwe with a group of just 16 women who were survivors of assault or were impacted by AIDS and HIV...

Blue Mountains Refugee Support Group


Blue Mountains Refugee Support Group was founded twenty years ago, united by the vision of a compassionate Australia where people seeking refuge and asylum are treated with justice and compassion. Run entirely by volunteers, Blue Mountains Refugee Support Group offers friendship and practical support for refugees and people seeking asylum. Their work supports refugees to thrive, not just survive as they develop their own skills, activities and businesses, educate the community about...


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