Design Fund

Our focus

Under this grant program we are seeking to support very early stage social entrepreneurs to test and design their concept towards creating transformational social change. We are looking to identify leaders who are finding new and innovative solutions to tackle the most pressing issues within our communities. 

Our research has shown us that this very early stage can often be make or break for those incredible ideas which could potentially revolutionise our society. Support at this initial stage is crucial to future success. We want to foster your ability to pressure test your idea, analyse business models and really get to know your beneficiaries and market segmentations. We want to encourage innovation, experimentation and learning by supporting you in your ideas and to unleash your passion!


The EFF will consider applications where it is clear that the objective of the social enterprise is to make a transformational, tangible and measureable difference to the quality of life and welfare of the individuals and communities involved. We want to work with leaders who are aligned with our philosophy on depth and span. 

Organisations may be working in any community sector/space at all, and the funding can be used towards educational programs in the social enterprise space. However when considering if you are eligible for this program please note you must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • You must be an Australian-based organisation with Item 1 DGR and TCC endorsement


Timing and available funding

This grant program is considered throughout the year at the discretion of the EFF Board. Generally requests will be considered for grants up to $20,000. If you have any questions please feel free to discuss with us through our Contact Us.

Application Process
  • Applications for support may be made at any time throughout the year via our online Expression of Interest form. We request that applicants complete each section of the form as incomplete forms will not be considered. Please attach all relevant supporting documents including evidence of your TCC and DGR1 status. 
  • Once you have submitted your EOI, the EFF will contact you by telephone within 21 working days to discuss it and, where relevant, arrange a meeting or site visit. 
  • You may then be invited to provide more detailed information at the request of the EFF. Or, you may be advised that your application will not proceed any further. 
  • All applicants that progress beyond the initial EOI application stage will be notified of the outcome of their application within seven working days of the relevant board meeting.