At a glance

GRANTS
Seed Innovation
Scaling-up Innovation
AMOUNT AVAILABLE
Seed Innovation Grants: Up to $50,000, for one year
Scaling-up Innovation Grants: Up to $300,000 for two years (maximum of $150,000 per year)
Applicants are encouraged to only apply for the amount required.
ENQUIRIES OPEN
5 - 26 September 2022
FULL APPLICATION INVITATIONS
12 - 29 September 2022
OUTCOME NOTIFICATIONS
Mid December 2022
HOW TO APPLY
Enquiries must be submitted via the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation Grant Enquiry Form to be considered.

 

Innovation Grants are 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.


About

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


There are two grant types supported by the 2022/2023 Innovation Grant round:
 

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 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
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 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)

     

Download Essential Application Documents

Eligibility

Tax Endorsements and Location

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.
 

Universities and Research Institutes
In addition to these general requirements, universities or research institutes must adhere to unique application requirements.
 

How to apply

Before submitting an Innovation Grant enquiry, please ensure that you have read the  Innovation Grant Guidelines.

Eligible organisations working in any of the Foundation's three Impact Areas can submit an enquiry for an Innovation Grant from 5 - 26 September 2022. 

Enquiries must be submitted via the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation Grant Enquiry Form to be considered. 

After submitting your enquiry, please wait to be contacted by the relevant Program Manager. Given the anticipated high volume of enquiries, Program Managers will endeavour to make contact within five business days.