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Australian Unity established the Australian Unity Foundation in 2006 to allow Australian Unity staff and members to continue to support worthwhile community activities. 

Grant recipients 2017

Each year, the Foundation supports community groups that work to foster happy and safe environments for people to reach their full potential. Since its establishment the Foundation has distributed over $1.7 million to community groups across Australia.

In 2017, the Foundation has awarded grants of up to $40,000 each to the following community groups. This year, the annual community grants have gone to organisations that have a positive impact on either Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people with disability, financial inclusion, aging or chronic disease.

Over the course of this financial year, our grant recipients will change lives in communities throughout Australia.  

Indigenous Marathon Foundation 

The Indigenous Marathon Foundation (IMF) is a health promotion charity established in 2009 by world champion marathon runner, Robert de Castella. The IMF uses running and physical activity to address chronic disease and social dysfunction, by driving social change and celebrating Indigenous achievement, pride and resilience. The Foundation grant will support the development and implementation of the new 'FrontRunners' program. As of the end of 2016, the IMF has 65 graduates, 'FrontRunners' who have demonstrated inspirational leadership, capacity, and a drive to make a difference to the many challenges faced by Indigenous people. The Foundation grant will enable 'FrontRunners' to establish local, Indigenous-led health programs in rural and remote communities across Australia, to promote active and healthy lifestyles.


Jigsaw is a data management business that provides people with disability opportunities for training and skill development, award wage employment and support to transition into mainstream work.  The Australian Unity Foundation grant will be used to purchase high quality digitisation equipment, and through this it will directly impact Jigsaw’s capacity to scale the business and employ more people with disability.

First Nations Foundation 

First Nations Foundation (FNF) delivers financial advocacy, training and events to develop the financial literacy of Indigenous Australians. For the past 10 years, FNF has been a conduit between the financial sector and Indigenous communities in improving financial capabilities, understanding and capacity. FNF facilitates financial literacy programs called ‘My Moola’ that delivers face-to-face workshops across Australia, which has been developed with Indigenous communities and delivered by Indigenous trainers. The Foundation grant will be utilised for the review, adaption and update of the existing ‘My Moola’ programs.

The Foundation for Young Australians 

The Foundation for Young Australians’ (FYA) is committed to young people, their futures and the contribution they can make to Australia. FYA engages young people across the country through programs, online activity, events and collaborations. Their vision is for Australia to be investing in all young people, utilising their time, talent and ideas in the creation of new and better ways of doing things to ensure a strong economy and quality of life. The Foundation grant will enable five young people to participate in the Foundation for Young Australians' Innovation Nation program. This program provides opportunities for people aged 18 to 25 to bring their ideas to life in order to respond to challenges in their local community.