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Social Scale-Up Grants

Submissions for Westpac Foundation’s 2016 Social Scale-up Grants have now closed. Recipients of this grant will be announced September 2016.

About Social Scale-up Grants

Our Social Scale-up Grants are awarded to not-for-profit organisations operating a social enterprise with a proven model for creating jobs and employment pathways for Australians experiencing disadvantage.

 

Successful organisations will receive grants of $300,000 over three years, as well as non-financial support such as business mentoring, to help improve their business sustainability and capacity to scale-up their operations for increased social impact.

 

We aim to award Social Scale-up Grants to: 

  • not-for-profit organisations operating a social enterprise,
  • that have a proven model for creating jobs and employment pathways for Australians experiencing disadvantage, and
  • need funding to help grow their social enterprise and social impact.

 

In particular, we are seeking to support those organisations making a measurable difference to: Indigenous Australians; refugees; women at risk; youth at risk*; people living with disability; or homeless populations.

 

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible, your organisation:

  1. Has Deductible Gift Recipient status (DGR) Item 1 status (if you are unsure, enter your organisation's details in the ATO ABN lookup website), or is auspiced by an organisation that has it.
  2. Provides jobs and / or employment pathways to one or more of the following groups experiencing disadvantage within Australia: Indigenous Australians, refugees, women at risk, youth at risk*, people living with disability or homeless populations.
  3. Is registered and operating within Australia.

 

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

If you are not eligible, consider these alternative sources of funding:

  • Other grant providers; Philanthropy Australia and Our Community are useful resources. Use them to identify potential grant providers.
  • Borrowing
  • Crowdfunding
  • Venture philanthropy
  • Attracting Investment

 

Additional resources:

Submissions for Westpac Foundation’s 2016 Social Scale-up Grants have now closed.
Recipients of this grant will be announced September 2016.

 

For your reference you can still access:

 

Applications will once again open in early 2017.
 

Our funding principles

Our Social Scale-up Grants are for not-for-profit organisations operating a social enterprise with a proven model for creating jobs and employment pathways for Australians experiencing disadvantage.

 

In the last ten years we have developed a deep understanding of the numerous challenges that social enterprises face including; procurement, staffing, governance, social finance, public policy, scaling and measuring social impact.

 

We aim to fund not-for-profit social enterprises that can demonstrate:

  • A proven model for creating jobs and employment pathways for Australians experiencing disadvantage; we look for evidence of demand for the jobs and/or employment pathways that the business creates. We also look for a well-developed workplace support model that responds to the specific needs of people within the target groups
  • A proven, viable and sustainable business model
  • An approach that is uniquely positioned to address the social need or problem. e.g. does it fill a gap or is it better than a solution that's already available to the target group?
  • A strong management team with relevant experience in both the core social need or problem and relevant commercial experience in the industry in which the organisation is trading
  • A strong commitment to longitudinal measurement of the organisation's social impact
  • A need for funding to help grow their social enterprise and social impact

 

Please note that we will NOT consider applications forms, or provide funding to:

  • Organisations that do not have a Deductible Gift Recipient Item 1 status with the ATO, or are not auspiced by such an organisation
  • Charities that work overseas
  • Hospitals, hospices or medical centres
  • Medical research, funding for medical equipment or medical treatments
  • Rescue services
  • Schools, colleges and universities
  • Sponsorship or funding towards a marketing appeal/event or fundraising activities
  • Capital projects, major equipment, appeals and refurbishments
  • Projects that support animals or to promote animal welfare
  • Programs promoting religion
  • Sporting equipment and clubs that do not focus on our target groups