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Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation Innovation Grants – Australia

Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation Innovation Grants – Australia

Deadline: 12-Feb-21

The Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation is seeking applications for its Innovation Grants – an opportunity for leaders within the charitable sector to develop and implement effective solutions to social and environmental issues.

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Whether it is piloting or scaling a new program, service delivery model, social enterprise or developing policy & research for systems change, Innovation Grants are to test, develop and demonstrate new solutions, big or small.

Impact Areas

Innovation Grants support projects or initiatives aligned with one or more outcomes of the Foundation’s Impact Areas:

USD 1 MILLION Grants for Innovative Solutions to combat Water Scarcity

Climate Fund to alleviate energy poverty in Developing Countries

This Request for Applications is open to strengthening the Economic Development Efforts

Grants for African CSOs to implement activities in SGBV, SRHR, HP, and VAWG

Small Research Grants for the improvement of education

This grant-making trust inviting Charities to help Socially Disadvantaged Groups during COVID-19

Support available for NGOs working on social innovation, inclusiveness and sustainability

Advocacy grants to strengthen the voice of communities and grassroots activists

USD $250,000 to $2 million funding available for each selected partner to address Covid-19 impact in select countries

Funding provided through capital support for community development projects

Endowment Funding of € 25,000 for young people fighting for freedom

Small Grant Fund for protecting endangered animal species

Grant program for transforming women’s lives for hard to fund projects

Seed Funding for Youth-led Organisations: Invitation to Submit Proposals

Grant Opportunity to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 and Future Pandemics

Education & Employment;
Environment & Sustainability;
Healthy & Resilient Communities;
Homelessness & Affordable Housing.
Types of Grants

The Foundation offers two types of Innovation grants:

Seed Innovation Grants: Up to $50,000 for one year.
These grants support the researching, testing or piloting of a new idea or approach. This can include:
Project funding to test, demonstrate, trial or pilot a new concept or idea that will lead to a service improvement or an advance in a major community issue.
Research funding to build understanding of an area or issue.
Inform program design or practice, inform policy development and philanthropic investment or identify best practice.
Funding to support the initial development phase of a social enterprise.
Scaling-up Innovation Grants: Up to $300,000 for two years (maximum of $150,000 per year).
These grants support the expansion or replication of a proven innovation with the potential to be transformative on a broader community or systems level. This can include:
Piloting or scaling-up a new service model or developing social enterprise.
Applying a new approach to improving service effectiveness and/or service quality.
Increasing impact and/or service effectiveness through sharing space or back office support, or other forms of partnership, merger or collaboration.
Building an understanding of an emerging issue or area through applied research (i.e. research that has application in practice).
Eligibility Criteria

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Project must align with one or more of the outcomes of the Foundation’s Impact Areas.
Organisations applying under the Education & Employment and Environment & Sustainability Impact Areas:
Must be endorsed as a Tax Concession Charity (TCC).
Grants provided especially to Australian charities operating in Victoria, New South Wales and Australia Capital Territory.
Organisations applying under the Healthy & Resilient Communities and Homelessness & Affordable Housing Impact Areas:
Must be endorsed as a Tax Concession Charity (TCC) and as a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) as covered by Item 1 of the table in section 30-15 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997.
Grants provided to Australian charities registered and operating in Victoria, especially but not limited to Greater Melbourne.
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