We connect people and communities to tackle tough, social and environmental problems in the Northern Rivers. We are in it for the long haul, our funding model of investing donor money means we (and you) have a lasting impact on disadvantage. The more you donate, the more impact we can have.

In a standard charity you might raise a million dollars in one year, and give away $700k, but then you have to raise the money all over again the next year. This does not happen at NRCF. Your donations are invested in our perpetual fund, and we only give away the interest and dividends from those investments in the form of grants.

Community foundations are the fastest growing form of philanthropy in the world today.

NRCF has the largest footprint of any community foundation in Australia; we cover areas from Tweed to Grafton, from the ocean all the way up past Kyogle, Woodenbong and Casino. We have about 300,000 people in our region and encompass seven local government areas.



NRCF Footprint
Ballina Shire $120K
Byron Shire $370K
Lismore Shire $260K



NRCF is a charity dedicated to improving the lives of those less fortunate in our community, either from economic circumstances, mental illness, disability, learning difficulties or drug/alcohol addictions.

Our grants touch on issues such as people’s right to health, employment, higher education, happiness and creative expression, and the challenges of living in a regional community. Broadly we operate across five areas:

  • Youth
  • Disability
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Environment & Conservation
  • Aged Services

We are a community-based independent foundation where donations are invested to build a capital amount of money. We then invest this wisely in ethical funds, and the interest and dividends from these funds go towards our annual grant program. This means we can provide a permanent source of funds to the community year after year. As you continue to donate, so our grant funding grows and so does the investment fund.

Put simply, the more money we receive, the more impact we can keep on having.

Since 2004 NRCF has granted

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across the 7 shires of the Northern Rivers


Community organisations in the Northern Rivers can apply for grants from NRCF every year. We give small grants ranging from $500 to $30,000. In 2017–18 a total of $212,000 was distributed to projects and organisations in Northern Rivers across 21 organisations. Everything from helping a local disability charity to purchase new beach wheelchairs, through to the re-establishment of a local food pantry damaged after Cyclone Debbie floods.

Here are some examples of what your donations can be used for:



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Supporting disadvantaged youth achieve sustainable employment



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For a free counselling program for families supporting loved ones in rehabilitation



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To provide a social enterprise for women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness



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To create a safe environment for teenagers to talk about domestic abuse



List of projects funded in 2017 (PDF)


2016–2017 Annual Report (PDF)


We acknowledge there will always be disadvantage in our community. So we have set up a Foundation that will always be here to tackle that. We’re not a flash in the pan, we’re established, we’re ongoing, and we’ll keep filling those gaps in the long run. We’re expanding our reach, our impact and our programs so that the entire Northern Rivers can receive our support. Rest assured we’re in it for the long haul — our organisation, our people and our programs have serviced the Northern Rivers since 2004.

Latest Annual Report

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<< Major Community Fundraiser ~ Thursday, 29th August >>

SAVE THE DATE 🗓 for The Northern Rivers Community Foundation annual fundraiser at Brunswick Picture House.

All funds raised go towards local causes that matter to improve community well-being in the Northern Rivers region. #NRCF encourages and assists a wide range of individuals, organisations, initiatives, projects and programs that improve the lives of those in need on our local community.

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Help Northern Rivers Community Foundation reach their goal of $7,000 to assist the Back to School Program in partnership with the FRRR.

This unique program supports Grandcarers, who are the primary carers of school aged children, by offering redeemable vouchers valued at $50 for items such as books, stationary, school bags, shoes and clothing.

The first Back to School Program in the Northern Rivers began in 2006. Since then #NRCF and #FRRR have distributed $446,850 worth of redeemable vouchers to disadvantaged children in the region.

This year, there has again been an overwhelming response to the Program, with requests for over 770 vouchers from 550 Grandcarers, leaving NRCF with a shortfall of $7,000.

Please consider making a donation to the #NRCF so that we can continue this unique program for all disadvantaged children in our region >> bit.ly/2GKcW8w

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2018 Grant Recipient, Story Dogs help over 200 disadvantaged children learn to read and become confident lifelong readers.The project supports leaders to recruit, train and place new dog teams into needy schools in the Lismore region.

Learn about Story Dogs >> www.storydogs.org.au

Find out more about the Northern Rivers Community Foundation Community Grants Program >> bit.ly/2Dz0t6S

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