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Best Opportunities for Social Enterprises & Entrepreneurs | February 2024

Navigating the world of social impact is akin to embarking on a daring ocean voyage. Having set sail into 2024, the sea of social enterprise is teeming with untapped opportunities, as vibrant and diverse as a coral reef. The journey can often feel as unpredictable as the shifting tides, with time management as elusive as the legendary pearl oyster. But don’t worry, audacious explorers! We’re here to serve as your compass, charting a course towards the most promising opportunities this February. Join us as we dive into the top five social impact opportunities for social enterprises and entrepreneurs eager to enrich their skills, knowledge, revenue, and make a positive wave in the world.

Penfolds Evermore Grant Program

Unleash your innovative spirit with the Penfolds Evermore Grant. A unique opportunity for change-makers to make a contribution to community and culture, this grant supports projects in food, winemaking, and creative arts. Rooted in Penfolds’ 180-year legacy of winemaking and global impact, the Evermore program is committed to creating a sustainable future where generations can thrive. The grant is part of a $1 million commitment, starting in Australia and expanding globally. With up to $200,000 available in the inaugural round, your daring project could be the next big thing. Apply now and make your mark on the world. Applications close 17 March.

Backing the Future

Fuel your vision with the Backing the Future grant from the Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation (VFFF)! This grant, designed for young innovators in rural and regional areas, offers $50,000 to 20 individuals or groups. It supports early-stage projects that can transform communities and uplift youth voices. Successful past initiatives range from hip-hop writing workshops to online job platforms. Don’t miss this unique chance to make a difference and bring your project to life! Applications close 4 March.

Business for Good Program

The Business for Good program will support up to 80 South Australian small social enterprise businesses with key business fundamentals to strengthen their knowledge, capacity and capability to deliver social, environmental and economic outcomes for SA with long-term business sustainability and growth. Apply now to take part in the first round of the Business for Good Coaching and Advisory Program! Applications close 11 February.

Social Enterprise Grants

The City of Melbourne’s Social Enterprise Grants Program offers up to $20,000 (each) for social enterprises to amplify their impact. The program encourages both new and existing businesses that combine commerce with a social mission. The initiative welcomes applications from organisations in Melbourne, aiming to establish a presence in the city or employing a majority of their workforce there. With two streams – one focusing on circular economy solutions and another for enterprises tackling other societal issues – the program is committed to promoting diversity, inclusivity, and sustainability in Melbourne’s business landscape. Don’t miss this chance to contribute to a more vibrant, inclusive, and sustainable Melbourne. Applications close 11 February.

Innovation in Aged Care International Fellowship

The Innovation in Aged Care International Fellowship offers three fellowships, each worth $10,000. This exciting opportunity is aimed at individuals passionate about exploring new and innovative practices in skill enhancement within the aged care sector. With a focus on infection protection and control, innovation in models of care, improving the physical environment, workforce planning, innovation in-home care, and designing and influencing policy change in the aged care sector, this fellowship provides a platform for changemakers to make a lasting impact in their field. Applications close 7 April.

Miller Center Investment Readiness Accelerator

The Miller Center Investment Readiness Accelerator is a prestigious program for leaders of social enterprises aiming to scale their impact. Based in Silicon Valley, this accelerator assists in crafting credible plans for business expansion and greater social impact, with a focus on women’s economic empowerment and climate resilience. The program boasts a proven curriculum, top-tier mentors, and impressive outcomes – all participants leave with a robust scaling plan, and graduates have doubled their impact within three years. In addition, 90% of graduates report increased fundraising confidence. Eligibility requires commitment, operational experience, and financial stability. This accelerator is an exceptional opportunity for social entrepreneurs seeking significant growth. Applications close 15 March.

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Jay Boolkin
Jay Boolkin

I'm passionate about positive social change and the power of social entrepreneurship to tackle some of the world’s biggest problems. I believe that for-purpose business models can become part of the mainstream and I am enthusiastic about advocating for business models that are genuinely built around a social or environmental mission.

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