June 16th, 2017
The Grants Selection Committee received 65 application for Discovery Grants from not-for-profits across Australia seeking funds to build their capacity in Impact Investing. The Selection Committee awarded grant to 6 organisations for a total of $280,500, namely:
Capital Idea! A Regional Social Impact Initiative
University of Canberra
Capital Idea! will train and deploy a network of skilled business advisors and administer a small grants program to assist social entrepreneurs in the Capital Region to develop sustainable and impactful social business models that will attract social impact investment, including venture philanthropy.
Total Environment Centre Inc
TEC was established in 1972 and among other environment protection work manages and directs the Boomerang Alliance campaign of 47 groups which is seeking to reduce dangerous marine plastic pollution (see: http://bit.ly/2ieaE6E). The impact investment project seeks to develop a non-profit business for collection infrastructure for donated containers and transport logistics. Having internally undertaken a research and investigation phase we are now moving into developing a business case and a pitch to potential investors, as well improving Board skills for the new enterprise.
SisterWorks Creative Enterprises
Governance and Strategy Capacity Building to Support Impact Growth and Enterprise Sustainability
Investment Ready for Ear Health
Telethon Speech & Hearing Ltd
Telethon Speech & Hearing Ltd (TSH) is a charitable organisation that helps children with hearing or speech and language impairments learn how to communicate, socialise and learn. Recognising how difficult it is for families to navigate the complex and costly system of supports (particularly for disadvantaged families), TSH delivers ear health services for children and adults. In a competitive charity market, TSH is looking to improve its impact, sustainability and support for Western Australians through social investment for the acquisition and running of ear health/audiology clinics throughout WA.
BikeRescue Social Franchise Model
Dismantle supports at-risk young people in Western Australia to achieve their potential. The social enterprise engages youth, aged 12-17 through BikeRescue, a 10 week bike engagement program that uses hands-on learning to facilitate engagement, mentoring and transitions to further education and employment pathways. Dismantle delivers BikeRescue in partnership with youth service providers, ensuring appropriate wrap around support is available before, during and after the program. To date, Dismantle has supported over 500 young people in Western Australia through over 60 WA based partners. Dismantle is facing increasing demand for BikeRescue and is exploring delivering their BikeRescue program through a social franchise model, which will enable them to scale up in a more sustainable and effective way, increasing the impact that they are having with young people across Australia.
Philanthropy Australia wishes to thank all Discovery Grant applicants for their interest in impact investing, Impact Investing Australia, the Discovery Grant Selection Committee and all of our funding supporters:
National Australia Bank
English Family Foundation
C. F. W. Taylor Trust; C. L. Forrest Estate; A. & S. Rosenthal Fund; VCF Claire Susan Gardiner Trust and C. H. & C. E. Waddell Trust.
Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation
Anonymous Foundation x1
A Second Grant Round will commence at the end of July - further details to be announced.
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