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Social Scale-Up Grants

About Social Scale-up Grants

At Westpac Foundation, we are passionate about helping create more job opportunities for Australians who need it most, in particular – Indigenous Australians, refugees and asylum-seekers, youth-at-risk, as well as people who have experienced homelessness, domestic and family violence, mental health issues and people living with a disability.


Social Scale-up is designed to help scale-up not-for-profit social enterprises that are creating jobs and employment pathways for individuals who often face significant barriers to entering the mainstream job market or are excluded from the workforce.


In 2017, we will award five grants valued at $1.5 million to organisations that have a proven model to support those individuals in accessing jobs, training and qualifications, or work experience. We expect our Social Scale-up grant recipients to have a well-developed workplace support model that responds to the specific social support needs of their employees or trainees who are within our target groups.


Successful recipients will receive $300,000 over three years, as well as valuable non-financial support such as business mentoring through our More than Money Program, to help scale-up their operations, grow their business and increase their social impact.

Social Scale-up Grant Applications for 2017 are now closed – see below for the 2017 Application Process and how to apply in 2018.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible, your organisation must meet all of the following criteria:

  1. Does your social enterprise have a proven model for creating jobs and/or employment pathways (training, qualifications or work experience) for Australians (in Westpac Foundation’s target groups) who face barriers to employment, or are often excluded from the job market?
  2. Has your social enterprise supported 10 or more people facing barriers to employment (within Westpac Foundation’s target groups) into an Award wage paying job (casual, part-time or full time), or employment pathways?
  3. Is your social enterprise registered and operating in Australia?
  4. Does your social enterprise have Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) Item 1 Status?


*Youth at risk refers to children/teenagers over 12 years old. If your target group is children aged 0-12 years, please refer to the St George Foundation.

The impact of our Social Scale-up Grants

In 2016, we awarded Social Scale-up Grants to Bama Services (QLD), Green Connect (NSW), Jigsaw Business Solutions (NSW), STREAT (VIC) and The Bread & Butter Project (NSW).

Meet our 2016 Social Scale-up Grant recipients

By 2019, these five social enterprises are aiming to create pathways to a better future for hundreds of individuals and together, are projecting that they will:

  • Double their annual income from $11 million to over $23 million
  • Support 700 currently unemployed people into jobs; for some, it will be their first experience in meaningful employment
  • Provide formal qualifications or valuable work experience for a further 800 people.

Interested in applying in 2018

Use our Self-Assessment Tool

Self-Assessment Survey to help you determine if your organisation is eligible for a Social Scale-up Grant and likely to be:

  1. A strong applicant; or 
  2. A high-potential applicant; or
  3. Unlikely to be shortlisted for the 2018 round of Social Scale-up Grants.


You can take the Self-Assessment Survey (PDF 209KB) anytime of the year.


Social Scale-up Grant Applications will be open from 1st February 2018.