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 policy & research for systems change, Innovation Grants are to test, develop and demonstrate new solutions, big or small.
**The Innovation Grant round has closed for 2020/2021. Please ensure you are subscribed to be notified when our next grant round will open. **
Innovation Grants support projects or initiatives aligned with one or more outcomes of the Foundation's Impact Areas: The Foundation offers two types of Innovation grants:
1. 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.
Seed Innovation Grant projects may be considered for a Scaling-up Innovation Grant in future years.
2. 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).