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Making a difference

Impact Fund

Investing in Momentous Change

Our 2020 Reimagining Australia grantee partners: Everybody’s Home, Economic Media Centre, Dhadjowa Foundation, and Australia.

Established as a vehicle for collective giving, the Impact Fund inspires investments in the boldest solutions to our country’s biggest issues.

By harnessing the power of our community’s shared ambition for a fairer and more sustainable Australia, the Impact Fund demonstrates what we can achieve when we come together. It’s proof that giving together is an effective way of exercising our democratic rights and improving outcomes for all Australians. 

Impact Fund Highlights

Since its establishment in 2017, the Impact Fund has distributed nearly $2 million to over 30 national projects that are working on some of the boldest solutions to our country’s biggest issues. Take a look at the highlights of the impact we’ve helped create so far.

Watch: Why our community supports the Impact Fund

Impact Fund 2019 Round

Impact areas

Tackling Inequality

Supporting projects and organisations working to combat the unequal distribution of opportunities across the social, economic, political, and cultural spheres. 

Strengthening Democracy

Supporting projects and organisations working to strengthen the foundations of Australia’s democracy.

Get inspired by our grantee partners strengthening democracy

Supporting Indigenous Self-Determination

Supporting projects and organisations that are led or owned by Indigenous peoples, who we believe are best placed to improve outcomes for their communities. 

Get inspired by our grantee partners supporting Indigenous self-determination

Safeguarding the Environment

Supporting projects and organisations protecting Australia’s natural ecosystems and working towards a safe and stable climate. 

Get inspired by our grantee partners safeguarding the environment

More about the Fund

Li-Anthawirriyarra ranger being interviewed about the benefits of working with Impact Fund partner, Country Needs People. Alex Inglis.

The Impact Fund provides both Large Grants and Agile/Seed Grants for advocacy, campaigning, research and scaling proven approaches nationally. Its bold but thoughtful co-funding process is helping to tip the scales towards a more culturally, environmentally, economically and socially just Australia.

We work with our giving community and changemakers across the above four areas to identify opportunities for timely intervention and pathways to positive change. We then coordinate our collective resources in support of these opportunities, meaning that we move more resources in a more impactful way, together. 

Raise the Rate supporters with staff from Impact Fund partner Australian Council of Social Service. Tony Davis.

Types of Grants

The Impact Fund supports Australia’s leading change-makers through Large Grants and Agile/Seed Grants.

Large Grants are distributed via an annual grant round. The Impact Fund carefully selects projects across the four impact areas, pledges a contribution to each and invites co-funding contributions from the broader funding community.


Agile/Seed Grants are made throughout the year in rapid response to urgent opportunities across the four impact areas. The Impact Fund pledges a contribution and puts out a time-limited call for co-funding contributions from the broader funding community.

Selection Process

Invited applicants are shortlisted based on the Impact Fund’s five key selection criteria.

Alignment with impact area

Timeliness/urgency of opportunity

Potential for systemic impact

Evidence base

Potential to influence change.

Give to the Impact Fund

Support the work of our country’s leading changemakers for a fairer and more sustainable Australia.

Thank you to Joan Nelson, Ruth Dixon, Dianne Lesley Young and Lydia M MacMichael, whose bequests enabled Australian Communities Foundation to establish the Impact Fund.