Explore, Engage, Enable

The NED Foundation is a non-profit organisation.
Our mission is to support social and community activists.

NED is established for the purposes of fostering social and personal evolutionary processes within Australia and the world.

We seek the emergence of an invigorated, unifying Australian ethos, and then beyond this we advocate an Australian role in helping humanity steer itself to secure a future on the Earth.

The NED Foundation Supports Evolutionary Community-Focused Projects

If you have an idea that can contribute to our goals we would love to hear from you. Unlike the usual competitive process of most granting programs we offer to help you develop your project and will also support you in writing and submitting your application.

Community grants of up to $10,000 are currently available to small community based organisations or individuals who are interested in working with us on projects that build human potential, implement restorative practices and sustain our planet.

Supported Projects - A Sample of 3

Local Lives Global Matters

In 2017 NED Foundation supported Nikki Marshall on interconnected localising initiatives across Hepburn shire.

The project focuses on three interconnected localising initiatives: Compiling and promoting ‘Where to go to get it'; Skills training in website administration, e-news and social media for Localising Leanganook; Initiating a food mapping exercise across Hepburn shire.

Through this relocalising work community networks have expanded, a variety of activities are on offer such as climate action campaigns and reclaiming democracy projects, and regenerative food production knowledge is shared.

Image Credit: Milingimbi Womens’ Group

In 2018 NED Foundation funded Milingimbi Womens' Group to organise a bicycle ride from Darwin to Alice Springs.

The aim of the ride was to build relationships between young men and elders and to develop confidence and self esteem in the group.

The funding provided tents, petrol money, food and some safety equipment.

Mandala Magic Film - Banner

In 2017, NED Foundation supported David Salomon to create his documentary, 'Mandala Magic'.

The documentary shows how colouring and conversation circles have helped many women recover from the shock and trauma of violence domestic violence.

The film will also be used for staff development and training for women’s health workers and as a peer education tool.

NED Project Grants


The NED Foundation Supports Restorative Practice

Restorative practice is a strategy that seeks to repair relationships that have been damaged, including those damaged through bullying. It does this by bringing about a sense of remorse and restorative action on the part of the offender and forgiveness by the victim. The NED Board has an interest in encouraging and supporting the adoption of Restorative Justice practices in Australia. The founder of NED, Ned Iceton was instrumental in bringing the value of this work to the attention of the NED community.

The NED Foundation Supports The Social Developers' Network

What is The Social Developer's Network (SDN)?

The Social Developers' Network is a non-profit, free association of people with a commitment to personal and social development.
Social Developers meet at national and regional workshops, to contribute and share knowledge and experiences.
Between workshops Social Developers keep in touch in person, by phone and mail, and online.

In 1975 two long-standing friends, John Russell from Melbourne and Ned Iceton from Armidale organized a first workshop ...