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2021 Impact Grants

Supporting community organisations and not-for-profits that are working across a range of child safety and protection programs and initiatives.

Applications for 2021 have closed

Now in its second year, our Impact Grants support organisations that are helping to protect and create safer communities for children in Australia, with a focus on helping prevent the sexual exploitation and abuse of children, including online sexual exploitation of children.

We are looking for a range of new and innovative ideas as well as evidence-based innovative models.

There are two types of Impact Grants:

Seed grants

10 seed grants valued at $50,000 each for small to medium organisations working on new ideas or one-off initiatives


Through the Impact Grants we are looking to support the following target areas:


Technology Targeted education and prevention Response and Recovery
Investing in technology or other means of collaboration to help detect, monitor, report and prevent harm to children Investing in the delivery of effective educational, e-safety and child sexual exploitation and abuse prevention programs and initiatives particularly to at-risk and vulnerable youth, children, their families, or those at risk of perpetration Investing in the provision of trauma-informed services including response, recovery, and remedy to survivors in a way which complements and/or enhances existing services and puts children’s needs first


The funding principles outlined below will guide our investments:


Outcome focused and measurable Expansion Long-term impact Engage and empower children Collaboration
We invest in programs and initiatives that create meaningful and measurable change and specifically align with the outcomes we have prioritised for Safer Children, Safer Communities We seek to deepen and scale the efforts, reach and effectiveness of programs, initiatives and organisations safeguarding and protecting children We prioritise programs and initiatives that endeavour to create positive impact for children and their families beyond the period of our funding We support organisations that prevent harm to children by engaging them in the design of programs and initiatives using a child safe approach which empowers children and young people of their rights We look for programs and initiatives run by organisations that will share learnings, research and insights and collaborate with other child-focused stakeholders working to safeguard, protect and care for children


Application process


Check eligibility Application Assessment Outcome Reporting
See the Related information section below

If your organisation meets the eligibility criteria, please complete for Seed Grants and Scale Grants


The Safer Children, Safer Communities team will review your application as well as engage independent partners to review potential grantees

Outcome advised

If successful, grant agreements will be established

Grants paid

Six monthly updates and yearly progress reports for scale grants will be required

Six month and project end report for seed grants will be required

Please note that the selection of an organisation is at Westpac's sole discretion.


Key dates

  • Applications open: 17 May 2021
  • Applications close: 15 June 2021, 5pm AEST
  • Notification of outcome: end of September 2021

Related information: