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Many not-for-profit organisations and social entrepreneurs are looking at innovative ways to expand, increase their scope and ensure their positive impact is sustainable.

SEDI Grants

Impact Investing Australia is pleased to be the Administrator of the Social Enterprise Development Initiative (SEDI) Grants, supported by the Department of Social Services.

SEDI will provide capability building grants of up to $120,000 to support eligible social enterprises to grow their impact. The grants will be targeted towards supporting social enterprises to be more effective and efficient in demonstrating and increasing social impact for the vulnerable individuals and communities they exist to support. Grants will be used to purchase business and impact capability building services from intermediaries, such as financial services, evaluation and impact measurement, business services and legal advice.

Expressions of Interest and applications for SEDI Grants have not yet opened. IIA is currently working with DSS to finalise details of grant eligibility, use of grants, and processing of grant applications.

Grant process

We can confirm grant applications will be administered in a two-step process. Enterprises that believe they may qualify for a grant will be able to submit an Expression of Interest (note: Expressions of Interest have not yet opened). Once Expressions of Interest are received by IIA, enterprises will be contacted to arrange a phone conversation with an IIA team member, to discuss grant eligibility and the selection process. Enterprises that meet the preliminary eligibility criteria will then be invited to submit a detailed application for a grant, which will be assessed by an expert panel.

Note: see scam alert notice below.

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SEDI Grants Scam Alert

The Department of Social Services (DSS) has received reports of an email scam where a scammer posing as a representative of DSS has emailed members of the public offering a $120,000 grant under the Social Enterprise Development Initiative (SEDI) program. The scammer requests the victim’s contact details, and then sends through a false ‘grant certificate’ to notify them they have been selected, which includes a falsified signature of a senior department officer. To gain access to the payment, victims are then told they need to pay a $250 fee to unlock a debit card.

What to do if you are contacted by a scam attempt
DSS does not contact members of the public through social media or email to offer grant opportunities. Legitimate grants will never require the recipient to pay a fee to access the amounts, and debit cards are not used to disburse grant payments. If you are contacted by one of these scam attempts, do not provide any personal or financial information. You can report it to DSS via contact details on their website or contact: fraud@dss.gov.au.


Impact incubators and accelerators

There are a number of impact incubators and accelerators that help social enterprises and purpose driven start ups grow their business and prepare for future impact investment, including:

  • Energy Lab is Australia’s largest clean tech startup accelerator
  • Impact Boom‘s Elevate+ program helps entrepreneurs develop sustainable and scalable impact enterprises
  • ImpactSpark provides WA start ups with the skills they need to grow their social enterprise
  • One10 enables change makers, innovators and social benefit suppliers to create by providing expertise, connections and access to investors and capital
  • Scaling Impact helps start ups grow their business and prepare for future impact investment
  • Solutions2You provides business advisory services, leadership and mentoring programs, and supports women-owned business
  • White Box Enterprises builds, supports and advocates for large-scale jobs-focused social enterprises so that every individual can access meaningful and inclusive employment

If you are an impact incubator or accelerator and would like to be included on this list, contact enquiries@impactinvestingaustralia

Impact intermediaries

Impact intermediaries play an important role, matching demand for capital with supply, these include:

  • Beckon Capital helps enterprises and investors mobilise capital to create positive impact
  • Benefit Capital offers a range of impact investing services including helping social enterprises raise capital, corporate structuring for impact, reporting on impact and emerging impact investment opportunities
  • Blue River Group assists clients create impact investment products and then find the appropriate wholesale investors for those products
  • BlueRock helps social enterprises with business planning, financial management, contract negotiation, legal support and access to finance
  • brandkind provides branding, marketing and communications to support social enterprises to amplify their impact and grow
  • Global Impact Initiative helps impact investing scale globally through specialised consulting, investment funds and education
  • GoodWolf works with for-purpose organisations on strategy, impact measurement, philanthropy and investment, operations and innovation
  • Impact Generation Partners advises, invests in and supports enterprises that deliver financial as well as social and/or environmental returns
  • Impact Seed connects social enterprises with angel investors in Western Australia
  • ImpaQT bridges the gap between Queensland’s social innovation and impact investing sectors
  • Leadership Space partners with social enterprise leaders and teams, helping them to steer through change and growth and to attract and sustain funding
  • One10 enables change makers, innovators and social benefit suppliers to create by providing expertise, connections and access to investors and capital
  • Purpose with Profit (PwP) works with all types of impact businesses to grow the purpose-led economy
  • Sefa is Australia’s leading social financial solutions provider, partnering with organisations and investors to unlock social impact
  • Social Change Central is a dedicated online hub for social enterprises
  • Social Impact Hub helps social enterprises maximise their impact through advice, education, collaboration and the mobilisation of capital
  • Social Outcomes supports clients to develop evidence-based impact frameworks with clear outcomes measures designed to support the impact capital-raising process
  • Social Scaffolding supports organisations to create social good, for social enterprises this may include business modelling, outcome measurement, impact assessment, governance and reporting
  • Social Ventures Australia works collaboratively to deliver better social outcomes
  • Solutions2You provides business advisory services, leadership and mentoring programs, and supports women-owned business
  • The Difference Incubator develops investment ready enterprises
  • Violet Co Legal & Consulting works with businesses and organisations wanting to make a positive impact with and for women and Indigenous peoples
  • White Box Enterprises builds, supports and advocates for large-scale jobs-focused social enterprises, so that every individual can access meaningful and inclusive employment
If you are an impact intermediary and would like to be included in this list, contact enquiries@impactinvestingaustralia.com
Note: these impact incubators, accelerators and intermediaries have requested to be listed. IIA has not qualified them. We recommend you carry out your own research on the suitability of an incubator, accelerator or intermediary.

Growth Grants and Resilience Grants

The following organisations were awarded an Impact Investment Ready Growth Grant or a Resilience Grant between 2015 and 2023.