In 2020, in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, a collaboration of philanthropic funders including the Sidney Myer Fund, Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation, Gandel Philanthropy, The Ian Potter Foundation and Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation, recognised that the pandemic had had serious consequences for many for-purpose sector organisations which had been forced to innovate and adapt rapidly to changing circumstances.
It is also apparent that the funding and operating environments for the arts and social sectors are undergoing longer-term change, and that while innovation was precipitated by the pandemic, further innovation and adaptation will be necessary for organisations to be resilient and better able to achieve their respective missions.
Findings and recommendations from a collaborative research project focused on collaboration and innovation, and what the arts and social sectors require to enable them to innovate and to collaborate.
This collaborative funding round will support innovation and collaboration in the arts and social sectors.
A total funding pool of $1.5 million is offered.
Initiatives are sought in the social and/or arts sectors that focus on quality employment outcomes for young people and/or older women experiencing disadvantage. Initiatives must:
be both collaborative and innovative.
include activities in New South Wales and/or Victoria and may have national scope or application.
two to three years’ duration but up to five years should the project warrant it.
Priority will be given to projects that include a strong evaluation and sustainability strategy. Operational funding will be encouraged and will be considered eligible expenditure for part or all of the grant.
Lead applicants MUST be registered with the Australian Non-Profits and Charities Commission, have DGR1 and be eligible for charity tax concessions.
How to Apply
This grant round involves a three-phase application process, including expression of interest, collaboration development and full proposal.
Please access the guidelines for comprehensive information on the process.
Prospective applicants should submit an expression of interest by 5:00pm, 31 October 2021.
To see the EOI questions, view our sample EOI form.
Please submit a grants enquiry and a representative of one of the collaborating foundations will get back to you.
When submitting a grants enquiry, please provide the following basic information about the potential collaboration initiative in order to identify the best person to respond:
- Is the project in the Arts or Social Sector?
- A brief highlight of what the initiative will seek to achieve?
- Who is the other required organisation/s you are/will collaborate with?
- What is the innovation?