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Best Opportunities for Social Enterprises & Entrepreneurs | March 2024

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Navigating the world of social impact is akin to setting out on a grand adventure, compass in hand and binoculars at the ready. As we stride into 2024, the landscape of social enterprise terrain is more vast than ever, filled with oases of opportunity. The journey can often feel like an exhilarating scavenger hunt, with time management being as elusive as the perfect hiding spot. But fear not, brave pathfinders! We’re here to be your trusty binoculars and save you time by zooming in on the most promising opportunities this March. Join us as we scout out the top five opportunities for social enterprises and entrepreneurs eager to boost their skills, broaden their knowledge, and increase their revenue and impact.

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.

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.

All Good Ventures

Let All Good Ventures help you start your social enterprise business! If you have a great social enterprise idea, one that will use eventual profits to help a community of people facing extreme hardship, THIS is your golden opportunity. Every year, All Good Ventures supports people like you with three things: 1) seed funding, 2) business mentoring AND 3) practical business support to get your business off the ground. Check their application criteria and apply now! Applications close 31 March.

Reignite Impact Leader’s Retreat

Reignite Impact Leader’s Retreat is a unique opportunity for impact-led leaders to connect, learn, and plan their next big steps. Organised by Impact Boom and GoodNorth, the retreat offers insightful workshops, a supportive community, and nourishing meals in a serene setting. Strengthen your network, reignite your passion, and clarify your purpose. EOIs close 31 March.

Expand Your Social Enterprise to Queensland with White Box Enterprises

Are you running a successful jobs-focused social enterprise interested in expanding to Queensland? White Box Enterprises can help make it happen. Over the last four years, White Box has worked with philanthropists, the Queensland government and private sector organisations to help jobs-focused social enterprises expand in Queensland. Want to be next? EOIs close 15 April.

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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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