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Meet our Social Scale-up Grant recipients

Westpac Foundation is proud to announce its 2018 social enterprise grant recipients: Green Collect (VIC), The Christie Centre Inc (CCI) (VIC), Dunn & Lewis Youth Development Foundation (NSW) and Nundah Community Enterprise Co-operative (NCEC) (QLD who will each receive $300,000 over three years, as well as access to skills and programs to help them scale their business.
 

Together, these four organisations will forecast over 1,250 jobs and employment pathways for vulnerable Australians over the next three years*. Together with the ten social enterprises already supported, the 14 businesses are forecast to create 5,800 jobs, training and work experience pathways by 2022*. 

* 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

2017 Recipients

CareeerSeekers

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.

Muru Mittigar

Strives to advance community, culture and country for all Indigenous Darug people in Western Sydney by creating meaningful jobs in natural resource management, contracting, tourism and cultural awareness services.

Soft Landing

A national mattress recycling business offering training and employment to people with barriers to work including the long term unemployed, people experiencing mental health issues, Indigenous Australians and those leaving the prison system.

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.

2016 Recipients

BAMA Services

BAMA Services is an Indigenous-owned civil construction, building and landscaping services enterprise based in Cairns (QLD) that employs local Indigenous people and supports them to be active agents in their own development.
 

Green Connect

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.
 

Jigsaw Business Solutions

Jigsaw Business Solutions provides employment, work experience and skilled development opportunities to people living with a disability. Jigsaw employees work on digitisation contracts to help companies go 'paperless' improving the security and the accessibility of their records.
 

STREAT

STREAT 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.

The Bread & Butter Project

The Bread & Butter Project is 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.

 

Jigsaw

A leading social business that provides document and data management services to corporate and government organisations. As a social business, Jigsaw not only delivers commercial benefits, but also social benefits through the training and employment of people with disability. Westpac Foundation is proud to support Jigsaw with our social enterprise grants.