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Since 2016 we’ve awarded grants of $300,000 over 3 years to 14 social enterprises working to address deeply entrenched social issues.

Together, these social enterprises are forecast to create 5,800 jobs, training and work experience pathways for those who need it most by 20221.

Financial support is just the beginning. We also offer a range of programs to help build the capacity of the organisations we back through access to business expertise, resources and networks through our connection to Westpac Group and many other partner organisations committed to driving social change.

Grants re-open 2020

We are currently developing a new employment-focused grant to be launched in 2020 based on excellence in collaboration. As a result, our Employment Partnership Grant social enterprise grant program is not opening for applications in 2019.

If you are interested in applying for an Employment Partnership Grant in 2020, you can complete our Self-Assessment Survey to give you an early indication if your organisation is a good fit and at the right scale to be considered in the future. More information on the new grant program will be available in early 2020. Please subscribe to our newsletter or follow us on Westpac Sustain for the latest news.

Bread & Butter Project

A social enterprise where 100% of the profits from their artisan bread and pastries are invested back into providing training and employment pathways to refugees and asylum seekers.


Provides private sector employment opportunities for refugees and asylum seekers including students and mid-career professionals.

Good Cycles

A Melbourne-based social enterprise that uses bikes to engage, educate and employ youth at risk.

Green Connect

Creates jobs for resettled refugees and young people in the Illawarra region (NSW) through keeping waste out of landfill, composting and growing chemical-free food.


Provides document and data management services to corporate and government organisations, as well as delivering social benefits through the training and employment of people with disability. 


Tackles the problem of youth disadvantage and homelessness in Melbourne by using its hospitality businesses to provide young people with a supported pathway to careers in the hospitality industry and independent living.

Soft Landing

One of Australia’s largest mattress recyclers and social enterprise offering training and employment for people facing barriers to work, particularly people who have experienced long-term unemployment.

Vanguard Laundry Services

A commercial laundry based in Toowoomba, Queensland, employing people who have a lived experience of mental illness and have struggled to secure employment.

1 These figures are forecasts provided by our social enterprise grantees on the jobs and pathways they will create over the 3 years of their grant funding.