Bennelong Foundation acknowledges Australia’s First Nations Peoples as the custodians of Country on which we live, learn and work.

We recognise their continuing connection to the lands throughout Australia, culture and communities. We pay our respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and to Elders past, present and emerging.

Change, not charity.

Collaborating to increase economic and social opportunity. Because when we work hand in hand and live with purpose, we all win.

Talent Beyond Boundaries

A new solution for refugees: based on skills, backed by business and enabled by technology.

Funding & investments

Discover how we fund community organisations and invest our resources.

News & insights

Read the latest updates from the Foundation and our partners.

Stories of impact

Be inspired by the tales of changemakers and positive community action.

About us

Learn more about our people, our ambition and our history.

380+

organisations supported by Bennelong Foundation.

20+

years partnering with community changemakers across Australia.

About the Bennelong Foundation

Making meaningful change.

Founded by the Bangarra Family Office, the Bennelong Foundation and Bennelong Foundation UK are the philanthropic arms of the Bangarra Group. In addition to grantmaking and investments, the Foundations leverage the assets, time and expertise of the Group to connect business and philanthropy, build social impact leadership and cultivate a culture of giving.

20+

charities funded in Cornwall, London, Kent and Surrey.

5

years funding programs that tackle childhood poverty and promote social inclusion in the UK.

About the Bennelong Foundation UK

Making meaningful change.

Founded by the Bangarra Family Office, the Bennelong Foundation UK and Bennelong Foundation Australia are the philanthropic arms of the Bangarra Group. In addition to grantmaking and investments, the Foundations leverage the assets, time and expertise of the Group to connect business and philanthropy, build social impact leadership and cultivate a culture of giving.

Stories of impact

Read how changemakers supported by the Bennelong Foundations create positive change.

Young Roots

Young refugees in the UK are shaping their care and support at youth-led ‘hubs’ in London.

The Torch

Supporting First Nations people experiencing incarceration to explore their cultural identity through the visual arts, as a pathway to a more positive future.

Koorie Academy

Bringing pride in culture to young Indigenous people via basketball.

Kent Refugee Action Network

Refugee youth voices are heard and acted on as part of a youth ambassador program in Kent, UK.

Tradeswomen Australia

Giving vulnerable girls, women and non-binary people the opportunity to learn a trade – and improving workplace culture at the same time.

The Community Grocer

Four Melbourne markets are giving low-income families access to affordable, culturally appropriate food, and building social cohesion and job opportunities at the same time.
Funding Insights

Making Meaningful Change.

Founded by the Bangarra Family Office, the Bennelong Foundation and Bennelong Foundation UK are the philanthropic arms of the Bangarra Group. In addition to grantmaking and investments, the Foundations leverage the assets, time and expertise of the Group to connect business and philanthropy, build social impact leadership and cultivate a culture of giving.

22

Years partnering with community changemakers across Australia.

380+

Organisations supported by the Foundation.

Partnerships

Working hand in hand.

Confit Pathways
I used to run a criminal enterprise, now I run a social enterprise.

Joe Kown

Founder and CEO, Confit Pathways
Talent Beyond Boundaries
Bennelong Foundation came in on the ground floor and took a calculated risk. They were our second major funder...they backed the program when we were just forming as an organisation

Jemma Bailey

ANZ Co-director, Talent Beyond Boundaries
TeamSports4All
When families are in a cycle of disadvantage, it’s hard to break, but this charity has the potential to break that cycle.

Simon Davie

CEO, TeamSports4All
AYI Centres
The key difference AYI Centres intends to make is to support these students to feel safe at school.

Bishop Lareya

Founder, African Youth Initiative Centres
News & insights

The latest from the Foundation and our partners.

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Making meaningful change: a new strategy for the Bennelong Foundation

Unveiling a new strategy inspired by giving people the opportunity to shape their future and chase their goals.
Jul 2024
2
min read

2024 UK grant partners announced

Funding partnerships extended with charities in London, Kent and Cornwall
Jun 2024
1
min read

Thank you to our 'village' of partners

Celebrating active lifestyles and cultural connection at the unveiling of the Bennelong Foundation Tan Track digital clocks.
Mar 2024
2
min read

New Bennelong Foundation Tan Track clocks unveiled for Melbourne

The Bennelong Foundation Tan Track digital clocks bring a next generation upgrade to Melbourne's iconic running circuit, encouraging community engagement and healthy lifestyles.
Mar 2024
2
min read

From the archives: Tan Track Clock 2012 Launch

Exciting news about the upcoming unveiling of the new Tan Track Clocks and Annual Tan Track Challenge in 2024, celebrating 12 years of inspiring runners, joggers, and walkers around the Tan Track.
Feb 2024
1
min read

2023 Community Grant Partners Announced

Bennelong Foundation Australia partners with grassroots not-for-profits to create education and employment opportunities for those experiencing socio-economic disadvantage.
Oct 2023
3
min read
"They need the chance to use their voice, to express themselves and to have agency. We give them that through education and employment opportunities."

Dewi Cooke

CEO, The Social Studio

Working hand in hand with organisations to support participation, empower individuals and strengthen their communities.

FAQs

What type of Foundation are you?

Bennelong Foundaton Australia is a Private Ancillary Fund operating under the regulations of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profit Commission (ACNC) and the Australian Tax Office (ATO). It grants to organisations that carry a deductible gift recipient 1 (DGR1) status.

Bennelong Foundation UK is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation operating under the regulations of the Charity Commission for England and Wales. It grants to registered charitable organisations or organisations whose work benefit the community.

What does the Foundation fund?

Our ambition is to give every person the opportunity to shape their future and chase their goals.
Our aim is to increase pathways to economic empowerment and social cohesion and inclusion.
You can find more information about specific funding areas here.

Do you fund capacity-building initiatives for not-for-profits?

Yes.

Who can apply for funding and when?

Australia Foundation
Australia-based not-for-profits with DGR1 status can apply for a 12-month, Community Grant of up to $30,000 in our annual, open grant round. The round typically opens in July each year. Periodically, we invite expressions of interest for multi-year Catalyst Grants or Learning for Life Grants, or to take part in Pitch In events that are led by our Philanthropy & Engagement Committee.
Learn more in Funding & Investments.

UK Foundation
A small number of UK-based charitable organisations are invited to apply for a 12-month Social Inclusion Grant every year or take part in our annual UK Pitch In event. Learn more here.  

What is the application process?

When a grant round opens, organisations can submit an expression of interest via the website. The Foundation team will then invite a small number of these organsations to submit a full application. Visit our funding and investments page to check eligibility criteria and read our supporting resources. Follow us on social media to stay up to date on funding opportunities.

Still have questions?

Contact our management team for further information.