Grant Opportunities

Up to $150,000 available under Innovation Grants in Australia

Up to $150,000 available under Innovation Grants in Australia

Deadline: 29-Sep-22

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.

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

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

Homelessness & Affordable Housing
Inclusive, Sustainable Economy & Jobs
​Healthy & Climate Resilient Communities
Types of Grant
There are two grant types supported by the 2022/2023 Innovation Grant round:

Seed Innovation Grants
These grants support the researching, testing or piloting of a new idea or approach. This includes funding to:
Test a new concept or idea that will lead to a service improvement or an advance in a major community issue
Research and build understanding of an area or issue
Inform program design or policy development, philanthropic investment or identify best practice
Funding to support the initial development phase of a social enterprise
Note: Seed Innovation grants that demonstrate high impact may be considered for Scaling-Up Innovation grants in future years.
Scaling-up Innovation Grant
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 work 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 (ie research that has application in practice)
Funding Information
Seed Innovation Grants: Up to $50,000 for one year.
Scaling-up Innovation Grant: Up to $300,000 for two years (maximum of $150,000 per year)
Eligibility Criteria
Eligible organisations applying under the Inclusive, Sustainable Economy & Jobs Impact Area:
Must be endorsed as a Tax Concession Charity (TCC).
Australian charities, particularly those operating in Victoria, New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory.
Eligible organisations applying under the Healthy & Climate 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.
Australian charities registered and operating in Victoria, particularly Greater Melbourne.
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