At a glance

Seed Innovation Grants
Scaling-up Innovation Grants
Seed Innovation Grants: Up to $50,000
Scaling-up Innovation Grants: Up to $150,000
Applicants are encouraged to only apply for the amount required.
12 August - 2 September 2024
26 August - 18 September 2024
Mid December 2024
Enquiries must be submitted via the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation Grant Enquiry Form by Monday 2 September 2024 to be considered.


As Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation looks towards Greater Melbourne’s future, we remain focused on opportunities to address the key issues and challenges facing communities now and beyond.

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


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

Download the 'Examples of previously funded projects' document to better understand the types of projects that the Foundation funds.

The 2024 Innovation Grant round has two grant types:


Seed Innovation Grants
Up to $50,000

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 Grants
Up to $150,000

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)


Tax Endorsements and Location

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.

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.

How to apply

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

Enquiries must be submitted via the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation Grant Enquiry Form between Monday 12 August - Monday 2 September 2024 to be considered. 

After submitting your enquiry, please wait to be contacted by the relevant Program Manager.