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

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.

ISPS 2019 Conference flyer.

In 2019 NED Foundation funded Barbara Beatson for travel expenses to attend a conference and give a presentation.

The conference she presented at was the 21st International Conference of the ISPS in Rotterdam, 28th August-1st September 2019.

The theme of the conference was "STRANGER IN THE CITY: The circular relationship between alienation and psychosis and the healing power of human reconnection".

The title of Barbara's presentation was : "Healing Power of Reconnection to the Earth".

Image from You’re Safe Til 2024 - trailer

In 2016, NED Foundation supported David Finnigan to begin development of a new performance looking at the human-earth system.

The grant helped scope the development of the Performance project – a presentation that would highlight ‘big picture’ concepts about the future and its implications, given the physical and social boundaries of planet earth.

A solo performance work looking at the entire Human-Earth System - the whole planet as a linked system. The purpose of the show is to allow an audience to engage with the broad scale complexity of the global system ...

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 ...