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The maximum grant amount is $50,000.
We invite ALL charitable organisations to apply (DGR Item 1 Status is not required), who:
Eligible organisations which have an impact investing project – existing or about to commence – which requires capacity-building to ensure its success/de-risking may also be considered.
The Impact Investment Ready Discovery Grant provides grants to help not-for-profit organisations explore pathways towards financial sustainability and lay the foundation for future investment proposals.
WHAT CAN BE FUNDED
WHO CAN APPLY
THE PURPOSE OF THE DISCOVERY GRANT
The intent of the Growth Grants is to help enterprises with the greatest chances of success to secure capital investment. It has been designed based on global best practices and has incentives that help to achieve this outcome. We recognise that a significant level of responsibility sits with the providers to secure capital investment for the enterprise. Therefore, payment is split into two parts: 70% of the approved amount will be paid on approval of the grant, and the remaining 30% once the enterprise proves that it has secured the investment sought.
WHAT IS A PERFORMANCE-BASED PAYMENT STRUCTURE?
Grantees will have the unique opportunity to present to the Growth Grant investor circle Twentyfive*25 and explore the potential for support and funding with the members. Twentyfive*25 members include individual investors, family offices, trusts and foundations, and investment companies interested in financing mission-driven organisations. More details on the next roundtable are be provided in the application form. More information about Twentyfive*25 can be found here.
DOES IMPACT INVESTMENT READY FACILITATE ACCESS TO INVESTORS?
Growth Grants cannot be seen as a way to subsidise the due diligence for any provider that invests in the enterprise, while also performing the relevant capacity building work. The Growth Grant Panel requires full disclosure if the provider expects to take an equity component in the enterprise or a performance fee upon the successful capital raise. If the aggregated amount of the equity component and performance fee is greater than 10%, this will reflect unfavourably on the applicant, even though it will not automatically make them ineligible for a grant.
CAN PROVIDERS INVEST IN ENTERPRISES THEY PERFORM CAPACITY BUILDING WORK FOR?
The types of Providers vary for each applicant depending on the characteristics and needs of the business. A list of providers who have successfully secured a grant and investment with an enterprise are listed in the “Providers” section of the Impact Investment Ready Growth Grant website. Applicants can either connect to one of these Providers, or find an appropriate Provider themselves.
HOW DO ENTERPRISES FIND PROVIDERS?
Providers can be organisations or individuals that services like advisory, legal, financial, or intermediary services that help the applicant to become investment-ready. When a provider takes three enterprises from successful application through to investment they will be credited with a Gold Star provider rating. If a provider is successful in receiving grant funds through the enterprise they are working with and fails to secure investment for the enterprise on the agreed conditions two times, they will not be able to apply for further grant funding. This is to ensure that the quality and effectiveness of the services provided to enterprises will give them the best chance for success.
WHO CAN BE A PROVIDER?
Yes, enterprises can only apply for a grant partnership with a provider – without exception.
DOES THE APPLICANT ALREADY HAVE TO BE IN CONVERSATION WITH A PROVIDER?
Grant leverage refers to the ratio between the grant amount and the investment raised. For instance, if an enterprise receives a grant of $60,000 and raises $1,200,000 in equity and debt funding, the leverage is 20.During the Growth Grant's first 18 months of operation, grantees who have successfully secured capital achieved an average leverage of 24.
WHAT IS GRANT LEVERAGE?
All applications will be reviewed for completeness and key eligibility criteria. Those that meet the initial review will then proceed to the judging panel. The panel decides which applicants will be invited for an interview.After the interviews, the panel decides on approval or decline of the applications. Unsuccessful applicants who make it through to the panel interview will receive feedback and may be invited to apply in future rounds.
HOW DOES THE APPLICATION PROCESS WORK?
In general, Growth Grants are not repayable. However, the Panel reserves the right to provide grants under the condition of repayment upon achievement of defined performance thresholds. Under such condition, the repayment is to be considered as a mutual agreement between the Panel and the enterprise with the interest to maximise the ecosystem support of the Growth Grant funds, not an obligation. All further details are determined on a case by case basis.
ARE GROWTH GRANTS REPAYABLE?
Impact Investment Ready accelerates the impact investing ecosystem through support of mission-driven organisations with two grant programs. Growth Grants enable impact businesses to become investment-ready and grow, Discovery Grants support not-for-profit organisations that want to explore pathways towards financial sustainability.
WHAT IS IMPACT INVESTMENT READY?
Impact investments are investments that are intentionally made into organisations that deliver measureable social and/or environmental outcomes alongside financial returns.
WHAT IS AN IMPACT INVESTMENT?
EXAMPLES OF ACTIVITIES THAT CAN BE FUNDED
EXAMPLES OF ACTIVITIES THAT WILL NOT BE FUNDED
The Selection Committee awarded grants to 12 organisations throughout two grant rounds in 2017:
Capital Idea! A Regional Social Impact InitiativeUniversity of Canberra$50,000
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
SisterWorks is a non-profit social enterprise that supports women of migrant, asylum seeker or refugee backgrounds to become financially independent and happily settled in Australia. SisterWorks focuses on sustaining the charity aspect (i.e. the training and mentoring of the women) and developing the business aspect of the organisation. The SisterWorks Creative Enterprises Project focuses on the latter and involves: boosting the organisation’s capacity to support more women to support themselves; achieving 50% self-sustainability; and becoming impact investor ready to achieve scale.
Governance and Strategy Capacity Building to Support Impact Growth and Enterprise Sustainability
Green Collect generates social benefit through the creation of new employment and training opportunities for communities facing significant disadvantage. The enterprise creates jobs by working with businesses to achieve the highest possible environmental outcomes for a wide range of discarded office resources. Green Collect deals with ‘hard to recycle’ office items and create new solutions that keep harmful materials out of landfill by finding the best reuse, upcycling or recycling pathways. This project will enable Green Collect to undertake critical capacity building work in areas of governance and strategic planning to guide business growth and identify financing required to achieve overall enterprise profitability to grow its impact.
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.
Providential Homes Inc (NSW)
Providential Homes Inc will engage an experienced intermediary to work with the organisation to: review the operations of Providential Homes; identify possible areas that may be suitable for an impact investing; develop a strategy for the development and delivery of an impact investment program; determine the priorities and next steps in developing an impact investment proposal; and to identify likely impact investors. They will also work with their financiers, Social Enterprise Finance Australia (SEFA) to develop an impact investment proposal and to identify likely impact investors.
Enterprise Learning Projects (NT)
Enterprise Learning Projects (ELP) is growing a portfolio of businesses focused on creating economic opportunities for Aboriginal people in remote Australia. Two of these ventures - Magpie Goose and Gulbarn Tea - have proven market demand and are earning regular revenue. They have won early-stage capital support from philanthropic sources and crowdfunding. They now have business plans and are ready to scale with impact investment. They will use the grant funding to help the communities involved in these businesses to engage with impact investors. Culturally sensitive workshops will be run and suitable investment materials developed. The workshop and investment materials will also be adapted over time as other ELP businesses mature from incubation to impact investment.
Sacred Heart Mission (VIC)
Innovation Award in Impact Investing
Supported by the VCF Claire Susan Gardiner Trust (Managed by Equity Trustees)
Journey to Social Inclusion (J2SI) is a rigorously evaluated, intensive case management approach proven to break the cycle of chronic homelessness for individuals. The aim is to now scale up delivery of J2SI so many more people experiencing chronic homelessness can access the program. This project will support the development of a Social Impact Bond (SIB) Toolkit, ready for implementation to finance delivery of J2SI by other social service organisations in Australia. The Toolkit will provide organisations with the tools and support they need to negotiate, secure and manage a SIB so they are able to finance replicated delivery of J2SI with excellence in their local communities. The SIB Toolkit will act as a program delivery ‘enabler’ for organisations who would otherwise be unable to finance delivery of J2SI on their own, and provides the way forward for achieving the level of scaling J2SI needs to have far-reaching impact. It will be comprehensive and able to be tailored to meet the needs of the implementing organisation, such as financial modelling, data relevant to each state/territory, tools and implementation support.
Kids’Camps Inc (Cahoots) (WA)
Cahoots provides opportunities for children and young people living with disability to develop friendships, skills and conﬁdence, and supporting their families by providing recreation and camping services. Cahoots also oﬀers services to other organisations running contracted camps and disability access and inclusion awareness training. This funding will allow Cahoots to take the next step and to develop a sustainable co-investment strategy. This concept would provide an innovative approach for NFP co-investment as the grant will enable the consortium to investigate how this concept can be implemented. It will also fund the project to educate the NFP sector, and create a pilot as a good model for use across a number of sectors, both nationally and internationally.
The Social Outfit Inc (NSW)
The Social Outfit is an independently-accredited, ethical trading social enterprise providing employment and training in the fashion industry to people from refugee and new migrant communities in clothing manufacturing, retail, design and marketing. They particularly focus on supporting refugee women and young people to be work-ready or develop goals for their future so they can feel a sense of belonging and purpose. This project will allow The Social Outfit to leverage expert consultants in financial-modelling and set a 3-year strategy for organisational sustainability and impact investment readiness.
Indigenous Employment Partners (VIC)
Indigenous Employment Partners is an Indigenous operated charity and social enterprise with a mission to provide culturally appropriate employment, recruitment and training services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. They bring together close to 50 years’ experience servicing Aboriginal communities and building capacity aimed at fostering inclusive workplaces and increasing employment and training opportunities for Indigenous job seekers. They address the issues associated with Indigenous poverty and social exclusion by offering employers a fully supported end-to-end recruitment service packaged and designed to support both the employer and their Indigenous employee. This project working with Social Traders will develop a growth strategy and assist in identifying investors and an implementation plan.
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The Growth Grant
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Melbourne Victoria 3000
Telephone: 0478 544 523
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The Impact Investment Ready Growth Grant is managed by:
Grant decisions are made by an independent expert panel:
Independent Advisor on Impact Investing
Good Shepherd Microfinance
National Australia Bank (NAB)
Impact Investing Australia
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