Currently the Foundation’s Environment & Sustainability Impact Area focuses on three priorities:
- Priority 1: Transitioning towards a low-carbon economy
- Priority 2: Building a sustainable food system
- Priority 3: Protecting aquatic eco-systems
Learn more about each of these priorities before applying for a grant »
The Foundation offers two types of grants for organisations whose work aligns with one or more of the priorities of the Environment & Sustainability Impact Area:
Seed Innovation Grants: Up to $50,000 for one year. The Foundation’s goals for these grants are to 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.
Projects funded by a Seed Innovation Grant may be considered for a Scaling-Up Innovation Grant in future years.
Scaling-up Innovation Grants: Up to $300,000 for two years (maximum of $150,000 per year). The Foundation’s goals for these grants are to 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.
- 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.