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MAKING A DIFFERENCE

Impact Fund

Join a movement of funders and changemakers creating a fairer Australia

Making change together

The Impact Fund is a movement of funders and changemakers working for a fairer and more sustainable Australia. Together, we support the boldest solutions to the biggest issues facing people across our country today.

The Impact Fund is the heartland of the 400+ funds and foundations that make up the giving community at Australian Communities Foundation.



Making change together

The Impact Fund is a movement of funders and changemakers working for a fairer and more sustainable Australia. Together, we support the boldest solutions to the biggest issues facing people across our country today.

The Impact Fund is the heartland of the 400+ funds and foundations that make up the giving community at Australian Communities Foundation.

Support the Impact Fund’s 2022 collaborations

MAKE LIVED EXPERIENCE COUNT
ACOSS + ECONOMIC MEDIA CENTRE

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REDUCE UNDUE CORPORATE INFLUENCE
AUSTRALIAN DEMOCRACY NETWORK + HUMAN RIGHTS LAW CENTRE

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PROGRESS THE ULURU STATEMENT
INDIGENOUS LAW CENTRE UNSW + PUBLIC INTEREST ADVOCACY CENTRE

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CHANGE AUSTRALIA’S STORY ON GAS
350 AUSTRALIA + CLIMATE COUNCIL

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Support the Impact Fund’s 2022 collaborations

Explore our collective impact

Making Change Together: Five years of the Impact Fund is a new report celebrating the Impact Fund’s highlights so far, and demonstrating how we are shaping a future we can all be proud to hand on to the next generation.


Explore our collective impact


Making Change Together: Five years of the Impact Fund is a new report celebrating the Impact Fund’s highlights so far, and demonstrating how we are shaping a future we can all be proud to hand on to the next generation.

Watch: Meet our Impact Partners

Meet some of our incredible Impact Partners and hear their reflections on what we’ve been able to achieve together across the Impact Fund’s first five years.


Watch: Meet our Impact Partners

Meet some of our incredible Impact Partners and hear their reflections on what we’ve been able to achieve together across the Impact Fund’s first five years.

Get involved

Interested in becoming an Impact Funder or continuing your support? We invite you to join us because smart changemakers need wise backers who understand that change takes time.


Get involved


Interested in becoming an Impact Funder or continuing your support? We invite you to join us because smart changemakers need wise backers who understand that change takes time.


Impact Areas

TACKLING
INEQUALITY

Impact Funders support people working to increase opportunity across social, economic, political, and cultural arenas.

STRENGTHENING DEMOCRACY

Impact Funders support work that strengthens Australia’s democracy.

SUPPORTING INDIGENOUS SELF-DETERMINATION

Impact Funders support projects and organisations that are led by Indigenous peoples – the best people to improve outcomes for their communities.

SAFEGUARDING THE ENVIRONMENT

Impact Funders protect Australia’s natural ecosystems by supporting people working towards a safe and stable climate.


Impact Areas


TACKLING
INEQUALITY

Impact Funders support people working to increase opportunity across social, economic, political, and cultural arenas.


STRENGTHENING DEMOCRACY

Impact Funders support work that strengthens Australia’s democracy.


SUPPORTING INDIGENOUS SELF-DETERMINATION

Impact Funders support projects and organisations that are led by Indigenous peoples – the best people to improve outcomes for their communities.


SAFEGUARDING THE ENVIRONMENT

Impact Funders protect Australia’s natural ecosystems by supporting people working towards a safe and stable climate.


Impact Partners


Frequently asked questions

How does the Impact Fund model work?

1. Supporting the work

Your donation to the Impact Fund is pooled with others. All donations are responsibly invested and income from investments helps grow the Fund. This is just one way you can show your support. You can also contribute directly to the work of Impact Partners (co-funding) or support the work behind the Fund. 

2. Identifying opportunities for change

Australian Communities Foundation works with the Impact Fund community and civil society experts to identify priority issues and windows of opportunity for change across four Impact Areas: inequality, democracy, Indigenous self-determination, and the environment. 

3. Making change together

Once we identify an organisation or project working on a priority issue, Australian Communities Foundation commits funding from the Impact Fund, which is pooled with contributions from Impact Funders towards the Impact Partner’s work. 

What types of grants does the Impact Fund award?

Large Grants: Impact Funders join forces annually to give meaningful support to community organisations. These grants are often over several years, which gives our Partners much-needed stability, and usually range from $50,000 to $250,000. 

Agile Grants: Impact Funders often step in to give rapid agile funding to urgent needs. We work hard to get agile funds out the door quickly so we can make full use of unexpected opportunities to advance a fairer and more sustainable Australia.

What types of work do Impact Funders support?

The Impact Fund community’s strongest focus to date has been on building public awareness of issues and advocating for policy change. This is closely followed by the community’s focus on building and strengthening social infrastructure. In addition, a quarter of work supported has focused on collaboration between different civil society groups. 

What is the 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

Support the Impact Fund

Interested in becoming an Impact Funder or continuing your support? We invite you to join us because smart changemakers need wise backers who understand that change takes time.



THANK YOU

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