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.
To be eligible, your organisation:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Venture philanthropy
- Attracting Investment
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:
- Westpac Foundation’s Social Scale-up for potential applicants
- Pre-recorded webinar: 'Risk Management for Not-For-Profit Organisations'
- Pre-recorded webinar: 'Presenting Financials for a Funding Submission'
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