Westpac Safer Children, Safer Communities Impact Grants 2020

Westpac Safer Children, Safer Communities Impact Grants 2020

Westpac want to work with organisations that are helping to protect and create safer communities for children in Australia, with a focus on helping prevent the sexual exploitation and abuse of children, including online sexual exploitation of children. Through their Impact Grants, they are looking to support a range of new and innovative ideas as well as evidence-based innovative models.

There are two types of Impact Grants:

Seed Grants: Up to 12 one-off grants of $50,000 for early stage programs and initiatives or organisations building, testing, or piloting an innovative idea.

Scale Grants: Up to eight multi-year grants of $300,000 per year over three years for organisations with existing evidence-based innovative models looking to scale and move to their next stage of growth.

Target areas:

  • Raising awareness and understanding of child exploitation, including online child sexual exploitation and creating a sense of urgency to act in business, across industry and society.
  • Investing in technology or other means of collaboration to help detect, monitor, report and prevent harm to children.
  • Investing in the delivery of effective educational, e-safety and child sexual exploitation and abuse prevention programs and initiatives particularly to at-risk and vulnerable youth and children and their families.
  • Investing in the provision of trauma-informed services including response, recovery, and remedy to survivors in a way which complements and/or enhances existing services and puts children’s needs first.

To be eligible to apply for an Impact Grant, your organisation must meet the following criteria:

  1. Your organisation is registered in Australia as a not-for-profit and endorsed by the ATO as holding Deductible Gift Recipient Item 1 status.
  2. Your organisation and proposed program or initiative is aligned with Impact Grants funding principles and seeking to create impact across one or more of the target areas Impact Grants are looking to fund.
  3. Your proposed program or initiative responds to a clear need or gap, and ideally builds upon or interacts with existing solutions.
  4. Your organisation has a safeguarding or child protection policy in place (and associated procedures, including data privacy) or is willing to develop a policy.

Applications close: 17 August 2020

More information and application

Contact: [email protected]