Pathways to Employment is our major annual grant round. The Foundation aims to be adaptive to the evolving needs of the community. This year, our focus is on employment pathways for local people most disadvantaged by the impacts of Covid-19 in their access to employment. In particular, programs that deliver pre-vocational courses. This focus on employment pathways is shaped by our relationship with our founding and key ongoing sponsor, IntoWork, and a strong theory of change demonstrating the multiple benefits to community members that comes through workforce participation.

In 2021, the Foundation will grant successful and eligible organisations up to $15,000 per organisation to Neighbourhood Houses and other charities that deliver pre-vocational courses to vulnerable groups most impacted by Covid-19 in the Inner North community.

Target audiences for funding

Grants are available to support projects which assist the removal of employment barriers for vulnerable people, in
particular those most impacted indirectly and directly by Covid-19 in Darebin, Moreland and Yarra. Priority will be given to projects which demonstrate:

  • Participation by people facing the most significant barriers to employment
  • Delivery of pre-vocational courses.
  • Buidling people’s capabilities and skills
  • Strong geographic focus on either or all of of Darebin, Moreland and Yarra
  • Leverage of partnerships and collaboration
  • Clear demonstration of impact and links to employment pathways
  • Ability to leverage other funds and resources where appropriate

In assessing grant applications, the Foundation considers a range of factors such as how the project will improve
people’s ability to connect to employment or education pathways. The Board also focuses on whether government
funding is already available to support this kind of project and whether the organisation applying for the grant is
appropriately equipped to deliver the project.

Please contact Bianca Maciel Pizzorno, Community Philanthropy Coordinator, on 0478 174 116
bianca.macielpizzorno@innernorthfoundation.org.au should you have any queries.