At a glance

1. Seed or Feasibility grant: Up to $50,000
2. Scaling grant: Up to $100,000
Applicants are encouraged to only apply for the amount required.
Tax Concession Charity (TCC) operating in Victoria (may also operate in New South Wales or ACT).
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The Next Economy Jobs Challenge is an Initiative of Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation that will support eligible charities and their partners to test and develop new models, enterprises and programs that encourage next economy job creation for individuals and communities experiencing socio-economic disadvantage.

Greater Melbourne is facing complex interconnected challenges such as the COVID-19 Pandemic, the climate crisis and growing economic inequality. Opportunities for innovation are emerging and new economic business models, sectors and ways of working are offering solutions.

With a focus on disadvantage, the Next Economy Jobs Challenge seeks to catalyse these solutions by encouraging the development of sustainable, inclusive, quality employment pathways. The challenge will support new enterprises, programs, eligible charitable organisations and collaborative initiatives working within these growing ‘next economy’ sectors: 

  • Care economy (health, disability, child & aged care) 

  • Clean energy & technology 

  • Construction of sustainable, affordable, quality housing 

  • Regenerative food/urban agriculture systems  

  • Community energy initiatives 

  • Waste/circular economy 

The Pitch  

Short-listed applicants will present their solutions, budgets and work plans to a judging panel who will make grant recommendations to the Foundation’s Board. This event will be held at the end of November 2021.  

Grant types 

Grants will focus on building the capacity of organisations and enterprises to generate employment outcomes, build sustainability, and/or scale for social procurement opportunities and greater impact.   

  • Seed or feasibility grants up to $50,000 (four available) 
    Seed Grants are for piloting or prototyping employment focussed enterprise or projects. Feasibility grants are for eligible early-stage projects wanting to further understand growth potential.  

  • Scaling grants up to $100,000 (two available) 
    Scaling grants are for enterprises or projects that are ready for next phase of development and are looking to creating substantial training and employment pathways. 


The Next Economy Jobs Challenge is open to eligible organisations that: 

  • are endorsed as a Tax Concession Charity (TCC).  

  • are operating in Victoria (may also operate in New South Wales or ACT). 

Note that eligible charitable organisations may be working in partnership with a B-Corp or cooperative however auspicing is not allowed and the partnership must be genuine and led by the eligible organisation. Applicants working in partnership will need to demonstrate the nature of that relationship. 

How to apply 

Please read the  Next Economy Jobs Challenge Guidelines  for full details. Prospective applicants should submit an enquiry by 18 October 2021.