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Mumbulla Foundation

The Foundation promotes community well-being by making grants to small charity and not-for-profit groups for social, environmental and cultural activities within the Bega Valley Shire.

It also funds university scholarships and school book prizes. To support these activities the Foundation seeks private and business donations, receives a matching annual grant from Council, and undertakes its own fundraising activities.

In its 20 years in operation the Foundation has given more than $1 million in grants to over 200 organisations.


St. Patrick’s School says thank you.


“To The Mumbulla Foundation

On behalf of the St Patrick’s staff, students and community I thank you for your support of our school.
Thank you for sponsoring an award that was presented to one of our Year 6 graduating students.
We believe in the importance of acknowledging students who participate in the school and the community beyond, and who are growing their positive attributes for learning, participation, sport and citizenship. Your award was able to give tangible affirmation of these attributes in a St Pat’s student.

With gratitude.


Mumbulla Foundation Scholarship Awardees 2019- Where are they now?

Margaret Hansen- Bachelor of Nursing

I was very appreciative to be the recipient of a Mumbulla Foundation Community Scholarship in 2019. Your generosity further inspired me to improve my skills to help others and give back to the community.  I am now in my second year of the full time Bachelor of Nursing degree in Bega and working part-time as a home care assistant nurse in our community.  By awarding me this scholarship, you have greatly assisted me in being successful, especially in terms of helping with weekly transport costs and paying for workplace placement travel and accommodation costs.


Erin Halloran- Master of Teaching (Secondary)

I am in my final year of the Masters of Teaching (secondary).
This year has been particularly challenging with the Bush fires and Covid-19. The support received from The Mumbulla Foundation has helped me to stay on track and work towards progressing in my career.
I am very much looking forward to supporting our local students in the new post Covid-19 learning landscape.

Loureene Kelly – Bachelor of Nursing

I’m Loureene Kelly, second year nursing student from the Bega Valley Shire. The 2019 Mumbulla scholarship helped relieve the financial strain that comes with undertaking a nursing degree and having to put in so many hours of unpaid placement. As a parent and sole provider to my children I was able to get through my placement with less financial strain and partake in a once in a lifetime placement in Cambodia, for this I am so thankful. 


Scholarship Awardees 2020- Thankyou notes

Sarah Buckle – Bachelor of Nursing, first year

I am writing to thank the Mumbulla Foundation for considering my applicationand awarding me this generous community scholarship!  The funds from this scholarship will be put toward purchase of my nursing uniforms for student placement, a stethoscope and text books so I will now be better equipped to get out there and engage with the community within the nursing profession as a first year nursing student! Thank you so much!  Your support is very much valued and appreciated and I will work hard to contribute and give back to our wonderful community within the Bega Valley.


Claudia Mitchell – Bachelor of Nursing, third year

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for you your generosity in funding the Mumbulla Foundation Community Scholarship. I am very honoured to be the recipient of this award. I am currently in my third year of studies in Bachelor of Nursing, in which we are required to complete a four week and five week placement block. This donation will help assist in travelling costs and accommodation for my placement block in the Illawarra area. I cannot thank you enough. Receiving this scholarship will motivate me to maintain a credit average, and now cut back on the extended hours I work per week to help assist in my university debts. I thank you for your confidence and willingness to help me achieve my goals. I hope to meet you after the impacts of COVID-19, and personally thank you.


Claudia Suzanne Mitchell

The 2020 Grants Round Presentation

The 2020 Mumbulla Foundation Grants presentation took place at The Bega Golf Club yesterday. Congratulations to all recipients. VIEW THE LIST OF RECIPIENTS HERE



This Mosaic was funded by The Mumbulla Foundation this year. Installed on the exterior wall of The Peanut Eatery, it’s approximately four by three metres in size and faces the Littleton Gardens in Bega.

The 2019 Grants Round Presentation

The 2019 Mumbulla Foundation Community Grants presentation was held at the University of Wollongong Bega Campus on Friday 4th of December 2019.

The Foundation Chairman Mick Pryke  handed over cheques totalling over $50,000 to 17 local not for profit and charitable organisations from throughout the Shire. He congratulated all the recipients and noted that the Foundation was looking 2020.


 2018 Grants Round Presentation

The 2018  Mumbulla Foundation Community Grants presentation was held at the University of Wollongong Bega Campus on Friday 7 December 2018.

The Foundation Chairwoman Olwen Morris was delighted to be able to handover cheques totalling over $50,000 to 19 local not for profit and charitable organisations from throughout the Shire. She congratulated all the recipients and noted that the Foundation was looking forward to further engaging with the groups as their community projects were brought to fruition in 2019.

The 2018 grants presentation was very successful and the full story is available courtesy of the Bega District News – here.


Supporting local Tertiary Students

The Mumbulla Foundation proudly supports all students in the Bega Valley Shire through the award of scholarships, prizes, and back-to-school vouchers. The Foundation’s chair Olwen Morris was delighted to be able to attend the University of Wollongong Bega Campus recently and present scholarships to 6 exceptional students. A brief video can be viewed – here.



The Mumbulla Foundation is pleased to announce a ‘Gold Donor’ program. Please ‘Give Where You Live’ and help the Foundation support the Bega Valley Shire community. If you would like to become a Gold Donor them please submit the Donation Form.



As part of the celebration of National Family Day Care Week the organisation acquired new climbing equipment with the assistance of the Mumbulla Grant.  The primary aim of this equipment is to promote physical activity and develop motor skills.


The grant is used to purchase a MicroEye Microscope.  The simplicity of this microscope means it can be used successfully by people of all ages to take a closer look at specimens contained in the touch tank and dried specimens.  It has become a valuable tool in educating the wider community about the local temperate marine environment.


The grant is provided for the conduct of workshops in dance and percussion that explored the non-verbal communication between people.  It was a program targeted at nurturing performers to explore and cross boundaries and was targeted at the 10-14 year age range.  This project called 'Stomp' culminated in a performance called 'Smoke Signal' in October 2013.


Tathra Aboriginal Education Project This grant was for the publication of the language book on the DHURGA and THAUA Aboriginal languages and the erection of 4 signs indicating significant aboriginal sites around Tathra.  The project has addressed the educational needs of students whilst raising awareness of Aboriginal languages of the South Coast and Far South Coast.


Tulgeen Group - Riverside nursery. This grant provides support for the establishment of a community garden.


Jellat Rural Fire Brigade members with new wet weather jackets, goggles and torches bought with a Mumbulla Foundation 2014 grant. A new first aid kit was also bought for the Jellat station.

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