Social enterprise grants

Our Social Enterprise Grants programs are made available across different streams, find out more about current opportunities.

Darebin City Council is excited to be continuing its Social Enterprise Grants program in 2019/ 2020. A total of $40,000 will be made available across three streams - Start Up, Expansion and Quick Response. Applications are currently closed but are due to re-open in September 2020.

Darebin City Council's Social Enterprise grant program is now closed but will re-open for applications in September 2020.

We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the recipients of the inaugural grant round:

Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA) Narrun Yana Art Collective

Narrun Yana celebrates the culture and heritage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples through art made by young people. We’re excited to see what the additional funding will make possible for these brilliant young artists!

Northern Community Careworks sewing hub

This project will receive funding to save fabric from landfill and teach vulnerable groups to craft. Great for the Earth and for the community

Free to Feed wellbeing training

With a proven record of helping asylum seekers and refugees to gain employment and start food-based businesses, Free to Feed is now looking to provide wellbeing training and support to women who have experienced trauma This project aims to help them achieve economic independence while creating great cultural food.

Lentil As Anything food rescue and training program

With their grant, Lentils as Anything in Thornbury will provide training and employment pathways to help marginalised communities while increasing the capacity of their retail space to rescue fresh food

Melbourne Farmers Markets access all areas

Melbourne Farmers Markets will use their grant to build a disabled toilet at Melbourne Food Hub in Alphington. In future more people will be able to visit this site to buy, grow, eat, compost and learn about fresh produce.

Full grant details announced in September 2020

The Darebin City Council’s Social Enterprise grants program seeks to support our local social enterprises and help them to establish and grow through investment in equipment, projects, infrastructure and capacity building.

A total grant allocation of $40,000 is available. Individual amounts of up to $10,000 could be made available depending on eligibility criteria and strength of application.

There is both a thriving and emerging group of social enterprise businesses in Darebin. Through these, council priorities focusing on improving the wellbeing of people in our community, supporting and attracting a diversity of local businesses, leading on equity and creating a sustainable city, are addressed in very practical ways. As a result our community is strengthened, employment is bolstered and marginalised groups are given more of a voice.

Grants will be offered in three different streams – start-up, expansion and quick response grants.

“Social enterprises are businesses that trade to intentionally tackle social problems, improve communities, provide marginalised people access to employment and training or help the environment”