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At a glance

1. Seed Innovation
2. Scaling-up Innovation
Seed Innovation Grants: Up to $50,000, for one year
Scaling-up Innovation Grants: Up to $300,000, over two years (maximum of $150,000 per year)
Applicants are encouraged to only apply for the amount required.
19 August 2019
16 September 2019
December 2019
Please see 'Tax Endorsements and Location' section under Eligibility.
Please see 'Tax Endorsements and Location' section under Eligibility.


Applications for 2019/2020 have closed.

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.


Innovation Grants support projects or initiatives aligned with one or more outcomes of the Foundation's revised 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).



Impact Area
Project must align with one or more of the outcomes of the Foundation's Impact Areas.

Tax Endorsements and Location
Organisations applying under the Education & Employment and Environment & Sustainability Impact Areas:

  • Must be endorsed as a Tax Concession Charity (TCC). 
  • Grants provided especially to Australian charities operating in Victoria, New South Wales and Australia Capital Territory.

Organisations applying under the Healthy & 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. 
  • Grants provided to Australian charities registered and operating in Victoria, especially but not limited to Greater Melbourne.

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

Supporting Documents

As part of the application, financial statements, tax endorsement notices, letters of support and a Project Implementation Plan, must also be submitted.

Please see the guidelines for information on the required supporting documents. 

How to apply

Applications have closed for 2019/2020.

Download Essential Application Documents