Inspirational and passionate community leaders with big ideas can apply for grant funding as part of the Snow Foundation’s new Social Entrepreneurs fellowship program.
The foundation is marking its 30-year anniversary with the creation of the new fellowships for social change, supported by grant funding of up to $100,000 for the first year, plus a professional wrap-around support program.
CEO Georgina Byron said the foundation is looking for inspiring entrepreneurial leaders who are tackling problems in new ways to benefit their community in ACT or NSW.
They will be passionate leaders and teams who are persistent in pursuing social causes in one of the foundation’s focus areas.
Ms Byron says the successful Social Entrepreneurs will receive funding, a mentor and tailored advisory services to develop their early-stage initiatives focussed on finding solutions to entrenched problems.
“The Snow Foundation has a long history of supporting up-and-coming entrepreneurs, ground-breaking social enterprises and for-purpose organisations, then maintaining partnerships with them,” she said.
“These fellowships honour our own entrepreneurial beginnings and our founder Terry Snow.”
The intention is to build long-term, trusting relationships to help bold ideas become a reality.
“We’ve always looked for individuals and organisations with strong community backing, a commitment to learning and sharing with that community and an alignment with our values of humility, social justice, collaboration, commitment, transparency and empathy,” Ms Byron said.
“These new fellowships will embody this.”
The foundation has had a long-term partnership with Good360, one of the nation’s leading for-purpose organisations, which has benefitted from receiving more than $1 million in funding over eight years.
Good360 repurposes new items such as books, clothing, homewares and furniture by directing them to Australians in need.
Through the Snow Entrepreneurs fellowships, The Snow Foundation is making a significant commitment to new, innovative or budding social entrepreneurs adding to its social entrepreneur portfolio with a minimum addition of $1.5 million over the first three years.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for three to five inspiring leaders to receive funding and professional wrap-around support for their early-stage social change initiatives,” Ms Byron said.
“The benefits to these Snow Entrepreneurs are significant and enduring and I’m looking forward to seeing the applications.”
All grant enquiries will be reviewed and those successful to the next stage will be asked to submit a detailed application by 15 November.