The Social Scale-up grants, each worth $300,000 over three years, will be awarded to nonprofits with a proven model for creating jobs and employment pathways for Australians experiencing disadvantage.

In addition to the grant, successful organisations will receive business mentoring from Westpac Group employees to help improve their business sustainability and capacity to scale-up operations for increased social impact.

Since 1999, the Westpac Foundation has granted more than $15 million to nonprofit social enterprises and Foundation CEO, Sinclair Taylor, says the work of social enterprises in creating employment pathways is critical for Australians facing barriers to gaining mainstream jobs.

“Our Social Scale-up Grants reflect our focus on supporting not-for-profit organisations which create jobs and employment pathways for people who may otherwise be unable to access sustainable employment opportunities,” Taylor says.

“We’re excited by the prospect of backing the people with the passion and conviction to make a positive, measurable difference for their fellow Australians and watching communities strengthen as a result.”

The 2016 Social Scale Up grants were awarded to: STREAT, Bama Services, Green Connect, Jigsaw Business Solutions and The Bread & Butter Project.



Westpac Foundation will hold a webinar briefing on Friday, 10 February at 12 noon (Sydney AEDT) which will provide a detailed overview of the Social Scale-up Grant Program, eligibility criteria, plus hints and tips for submitting a strong application. Register here.


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