Westpac Bicentennial Foundation has announced its 2018 Westpac Social Change Fellowships, recognising nine inspiring individuals who are committed to creating positive social change in Australia.
Valued at up to $50,000 each, the scholarships will provide each recipient with tailored support that will help develop the skills, knowledge and networks needed to accelerate their growth as a social innovator.
This year’s Westpac Social Change Fellows are:
- Laura O’Reilly – Fighting Chance
- Joel Pilgrim – Waves of Wellness
- Helen Black – Business Behind Bars
- Mathew Bowtell – Free 3D Hands
- Karn Ghosh – Hit 100
- Madeleine Buchner – Little Dreamers
- Mikhara Ramsing – Ethnic LGBT+
- Ben Abbatangelo – AIME
- Lucinda Hartley – Neighbourlytics
“We’re excited to provide this impressive group of social leaders with opportunities to further their professional development and create new and expanded networks,” said Susan Bannigan, CEO of Westpac Bicentennial Foundation.
“Now in its third year, one of the most valued parts of the Westpac Social Change Fellowship is the connections made through meeting industry-leading organisations and fellow entrepreneurs, both in Australia and overseas, as well as being able to tap into Westpac’s extensive network.”
Meanwhile, applications are now open for Westpac Foundation’s 2018 Social Scale-up Grants. The program will award a total of $1.5 million to five not-for-profit social enterprises that are committed to creating jobs and training for those who face significant barriers to entering the mainstream job market, or are excluded from the workforce.
Successful organisations will also be supported with business mentoring and access to the skills and resources of Westpac Group.
2017 Social Scale-up Grants recipients were CareerSeekers (NSW), Good Cycles (VIC), Soft Landing (NSW), Muru Mittigar (NSW) and Vanguard Laundry Services (QLD). The inaugural 2016 recipients were Bama Services (QLD), Green Connect (NSW), Jigsaw Business Solutions (NSW), STREAT (VIC) and The Bread & Butter Project (NSW).
It is expected that these 10 social enterprises will support more than 2,000 currently unemployed Australians into jobs by 2020.
Applications for the Westpac Foundation 2018 Social Scale-up Grants open from now until 5 March 2018. Not-for-profit social enterprises creating jobs and employment pathways for fellow Australians may apply. For more information and to apply, visit the website.
For more information about the Westpac Bicentennial Foundation and 2018 Social Change Fellowships, go here.