Current Grants

Title : ABC The Mix - Interview with Neil Balnaves

Jul 17, 2015

Two of Australia's leading private arts donors have accused the Minister for te Arts, Senator George Brandis, of neglecting the arts community and politicising the funding of the sector.


Title : Neil Balnaves advises unis on pitching for philanthropic funds

Jun 10, 2015

When pitching for a philanthropist’s money, universities would do well to have a clear set of measurable outcomes in mind. It also helps to keep the donor actively involved in the project. 

Title : Philanthropists want to rethink on inheritance 'curse'

Jun 14, 2014

Hamish Balnaves urges Australia's wealthiest to not leave too much money to their children.


Title : Wesley Enoch asks 20 Questions at Belvoir - SMH

Apr 14, 2014

Wesley Enoch interviews Indigenous artists.

Title : Wesley Enoch hosts 20 Questions at Belvoir - SMH

Apr 5, 2014

No subject is off limits in an evening of true confessions and spontaneous storytelling.

Title : Shedding light on dark days of history - The Australian

Dec 13, 2013

Belvoir tells the remarkable story of the Coranderrk Aboriginal Station.

Title : Neil Balnaves AO appointed to Art Gallery of South Australia Board

Aug 28, 2013

Philanthropist and Founder of The Balnaves Foundation, Mr Neil Balnaves AO, has been appointed to the Art Gallery of South Australia's Board. 

Title : Heartbreak-healing story is prized - The Australian

Aug 14, 2013

 Jada Alberts awarded the Balnaves Foundation Indigenous Playwright's Award.

Title : Jada Alberts wins The Balnaves Foundation Indigenous Playwright's Award - Media Release

Aug 13, 2013

Playwright and actor Jada Alberts (This Heaven) will be announced as the winner of The Balnaves Foundation Indigenous Playwright's Award 2013 at an event at the Belvoir St Theatre on Tuesday 13 August at 12 noon.

Title : Creative Program Aims Straight at Kids' Arts - Adelaide Advertiser

Jul 13, 2013

More than 1,000 children have joined the Art Gallery of South Australia's START Art Club. 

Title : Down in the Woods Today - The Melbourne Review

Apr 5, 2013

The 5th McClelland Sculpture Suvery is currently reaping the benefits of expanding into some of its "new" territory.

Title : ABC Interview with Neil Balnaves - 2 April 2013

Apr 2, 2013


Philanthropists have traditionally kept their giving quiet and behind the scenes, but Neil Balnaves argues that this is missing the point. In a changing world, with governments contributing less and corporations run by conglomerates also giving less, why not be proud of making a difference? The Balnaves Foundation gives over $2 million dollars a year to medical and charitable causes as well as art projectsand founder Neil Balnaves joins BAAD to discuss art funding and which types of projects hold his passion.


Title : Art Gallery triples return on investment

Mar 14, 2013

The Balnaves Foundation commissions an Economic Contribution Report showing that The Art Gallery of South Australia contributes $19.8 million to the South Australian Economy.

Title : Economic impact study by the Balnaves Foundation shows that the Art Gallery of South Australia delivers a $19.8 million benefit to state - The Advertiser

Mar 14, 2013

The economic report found the gallery generated $3 worth of activity for every dollar of funding and created 191.3 full-time-equivalent jobs.

Title : Business leaders share their fortunes - Australian Financial Review

Oct 29, 2012

Higher education philanthropy has hit a new high and both the University of Sydney and the University of NSW celebrated receiving major gifts from business people last week.

Title : Media release - Unconventional research drives innovation in curing childhood cancer

Oct 29, 2012

The Balnaves Foundation’s Young Researcher of the Year Awards are continuing to fill a void in the Australian research support landscape.

Title : TV mogul now a 'big brother' for indigenous students - The Australian

Oct 25, 2012

Neil Balnaves will be in esteemed company when he opens a new learning centre for indigenous students at the University of NSW in Sydney today.

Title : NSW Governor opens new Indigenous centre at UNSW - Media Release

Oct 24, 2012

A new learning centre designed to help double Indigenous student enrolments at UNSW has been opened today by the NSW Governor Professor Marie Bashir. Balnaves Place – Home of Nura Gili was made possible thanks to a generous donation of $1.5 million from The Balnaves Foundation.


Jan 31, 2012

Sydney Morning Herald review of ‘I am Eora’, presented by Sydney Festival in association with The Balnaves Foundation.

Title : FINALISTS ANNOUNCED FOR THE McClelland Sculpture Survey & Award 2012

Jan 31, 2012

From a total of 173 national and international applications 36 finalists have been selected for the McClelland Sculpture Survey & Award 2012.

Title : Cerebral Palsy - Worldwide Research Meeting To Find Cure For Cerebral Palsy

Oct 13, 2011

A global meeting in San Francisco, funded by an Australian philanthropist will bring together 25 of the top cerebral palsy reasearchers in the world to find a platform to make breakthroughs in the causes, prevention and treatment of cerebral palsy.

Title : Media Release: The Balnaves Foundation to partner with Sydney Festival on major Indigenous theatre project

Sep 29, 2011

Sydney Festival is pleased to announce that The Balnaves Foundation is making a very substantial donation of $150K towards Sydney Festival 2012.

Title : Cerebral Palsy Prevention and Cure Summit 2011

Jun 3, 2011

Balnaves Foundation supports Cerebral Palsy Prevention and Cure Summit in San Francisco

Title : Passing the Bucks - SMH/Sydney Magazine

Sep 1, 2010

We are no longer the selfish city - Sydney has overtaken Melbourne as the country's most generous capital. But before we give ourselves a pat on the back, theres more work that needs to be done.

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Title : The Personal Touch - The Weekend Australian

Mar 6, 2010

Neil Balnaves knows what he likes. Fortunately that includes supporting the arts in a big way.

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