The focus of the program is to support the fight against Tuberculosis (TB) and help those suffering from the disease.

Key dates

Open by invitation/inquiry July 2026

Granting overview

Available Funding: Three-year grants of up to $110,000 per year 

Application Process: Via SmartyGrants (by invitation)

Program objectives

The Grant Program is funded through The John Burge Trust Fund and The Thelma June Warren Donation.


The John Burge Trust Fund is a perpetual private charitable trust established in 1940 from the Will of Mr John Burge to ease the suffering from, support the treatment of and prevent the spread of TB.


The Thelma June Warren Donation is a sub-fund of the State Trustees Australia Foundation established in 2023. The program aims to:

  • Support the fight against TB in regions most afflicted by the disease
  • Aid and help those who are suffering, or have suffered from, TB and who by reason of the disease are disabled
  • Provide funds to implement programs for identifying and treating those persons who are at a higher risk than other members of the population of having or contracting TB
  • Provide funds to implement educational programs to inform health workers about the prevention, recognition, and treatment of TB


Item 1 DGR organisations which are registered as a charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission and endorsed with charity tax concessions.

Past recipients

Combatting the Tuberculosis (TB) Epidemic

The Combatting the TB Epidemic grant p­rogram has been developed to support the fight against Tuberculosis (TB) in regions most afflicted by the disease.

Financial year





Maluk Timor Australia

Enhanced Contact Tracing & TB Prevention in Timor-Leste



The University of Melbourne (Doherty Institute)

TB RECOVERY II– pilot scale up of nutritional support for recovery of people affected by TB in Nepal



Maluk Timor Australia

Detecting, Treating & Preventing Tuberculosis in Timor-Leste



The University of Sydney – Office for Global Health

Child TB and Lung Health capacity building program in Vietnam



The Macfarlane Burnet Institute for Medical Research & Public Health

TB Education and Counselling (TEC) in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea



Murdoch Children’s Research Institute

Strengthening implementation of the management of household contacts of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis in Mongolia



The University of Melbourne (Doherty Institute)

TB RECOVERY: nutritional support for families affected by TB in Nepal


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