Catalyst Fund

Catalyst supports new or expanded initiatives that strengthen, progress or grow WA’s innovation ecosystem, or an organisation’s own innovation capacity as part of Spacecubed’s Innovative Society Fund, supported by Lotterywest.

Catalyst Fund

Catalyst supports new or expanded initiatives that strengthen, progress or grow WA’s innovation ecosystem, or an organisation’s own innovation capacity as part of Spacecubed’s Innovative Society Fund, supported by Lotterywest.

Catalyst, supported by Lotterywest, is part of Spacecubed’s Innovative Society Fund which exists to build a stronger culture of innovation and entrepreneurship in Western Australia.

There are two streams of funding in the Catalyst Program: 

  1. Stream 1 – supports incorporated not-for-profit organisations that want to develop or deliver an initiative to strengthen, progress or grow the innovation ecosystem in WA.  This may include programs, projects, or events that will enhance Western Australia’s capacity for innovation. 
  2. Stream 2 –  supports incorporated not-for-profit organisations that want to develop their own innovation capacity/project to deliver better outcomes for the WA community. 

This Fund aims to develop ideas that can positively impact Western Australia (Stream 1) or organisations wanting to develop their own innovation capacity to generate projects or initiatives that deliver better outcomes for Western Australia (Stream 2).

The Catalyst program offers grants to eligible organisations of $20,000 – $100,000 for an initiative to be progressed for implementation across one of three stages:

  • Scoping” (Develop) – small scale initial funding to assess if an initiative is beneficial to pursue, or how it could be pursued (eg in an Innovative Society Constellation or other collaborative arrangement or approach, or methodology)
  • Progress” (Prepare) – to progress a scoped initiative to be ready to seek support or funding to implement it
  • Fund” (Implement) – to implement the initiative with 1:1 matched third party support or funding equal to or greater than funding sought from Catalyst. 
    • Please note that “Implement” grants are only available for initiatives that support the development/growth of the innovation ecosystem (Stream 1). 
    • A project that develops an organisation’s own innovative capacity/project is not eligible for this third stage, and is encouraged to seek this funding directly from third parties, including Lotterywest (Stream 2).

Funding is available in 3-monthly funding rounds, starting in September 2022. Assessments will be made following the end of each period, and are subject to the funding available. Organisations can re-apply for funding for the next stage of implementation of an initiative if they have properly acquitted a previous stage grant and have complied with all Grant Conditions.

For more information about the program, check out the other tabs for Fund Guidelines, FAQ’s and how to apply.

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Catalyst, supported by Lotterywest and Spacecubed, Fund Guidelines set out who can apply to the Fund, eligible funding uses, assessment criteria and other important information for those applying to the Fund. You should read the Guidelines in full before applying to the Fund.

Please enter your details below and you’ll be redirected to the Catalyst Fund Guidelines.

All applicants should discuss their application or questions with Spacecubed before applying.

These FAQs briefly address likely key questions. More detailed information is provided in the Catalyst Fund Guidelines.

Applicants should discuss their application or questions with Spacecubed before applying.

We are not-for-profit, can we apply for Catalyst?

Catalyst is open to Western Australian incorporated associations, companies limited by guarantee, co-operatives, and Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander organisations, or registered community services, governed and operated by a Western Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander community.

Catalyst is open to Western Australian incorporated associations, companies limited by guarantee, co-operatives, and Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander organisations, or registered community services, governed and operated by a Western Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander community.

Our initiative involves collaboration or contributions from for-profit groups and other non-profit organisations who could not apply – can we still apply?

Catalyst funded initiatives can involve collaboration with or contributions from for-profits or other ineligible organisations, provided the funding is only used for “eligible expenditure”, not payment to for-profits or other ineligible organisations for overheads or other similar or general costs. Any payment to those parties must be for services actually provided as a contribution to the initiative.

Catalyst funded initiatives can involve collaboration with or contributions from for-profits or other ineligible organisations, provided the funding is only used for “eligible expenditure”, not payment to for-profits or other ineligible organisations for overheads or other similar or general costs. Any payment to those parties must be for services actually provided as a contribution to the initiative.

Do we need to participate in the Meshpoints Innovative Society Constellation, to apply?

Applicants need to demonstrate collaboration with other relevant organisations on their initiative, to ensure a proposed initiative is both suitable to the wider ecosystem, avoids duplication or any unnecessary competition. The Meshpoints Innovative Society Constellation process is designed to do these things and ensure optimal outcomes for the WA innovation ecosystem, however it is not the only way applicants can go about this collaboration or seeking others’ contributions to an initiative.

Applicants need to demonstrate collaboration with other relevant organisations on their initiative, to ensure a proposed initiative is both suitable to the wider ecosystem, avoids duplication or any unnecessary competition. The Meshpoints Innovative Society Constellation process is designed to do these things and ensure optimal outcomes for the WA innovation ecosystem, however it is not the only way applicants can go about this collaboration or seeking others’ contributions to an initiative.

Who are “related parties”?

A “related party” is a person, entity or organisation that has any type of family relationship with an organisation, or has inter-related ownership or control with them, such as common owners or shareholders, or common directors who are able to control both of the entities.

A “related party” is a person, entity or organisation that has any type of family relationship with an organisation, or has inter-related ownership or control with them, such as common owners or shareholders, or common directors who are able to control both of the entities.

Do we need to apply for Stage 1 first?

You can apply for whichever of the 3 stages suits your initiative’s status and do not need to have applied or received Catalyst funding for any previous stage, if you have already carried it out, or do not need to for any reason.

You can apply for whichever of the 3 stages suits your initiative’s status and do not need to have applied or received Catalyst funding for any previous stage, if you have already carried it out, or do not need to for any reason.

How much funding can we apply for in each of the 3 stages?

The funding cap of $100,000 applies to each initiative, so whilst you can apply for any amount within each stage, you cannot in total apply for more than that cap across all of your initiative’s funded stages and so it may make sense to leave enough ‘room’ in that cap for stages 2 and 3. The funding you apply for at any stage will also be assessed in terms of its “value for money”.

The funding cap of $100,000 applies to each initiative, so whilst you can apply for any amount within each stage, you cannot in total apply for more than that cap across all of your initiative’s funded stages and so it may make sense to leave enough ‘room’ in that cap for stages 2 and 3. The funding you apply for at any stage will also be assessed in terms of its “value for money”.

Can we re-apply?

You can re-apply to Catalyst for further funding of the next stage of your initiative (for example, stage 3 after you have completed stage 2) and you have acquitted any prior grant. If you have been unsuccessful in applying before, you can re-apply if you have addressed the feedback on your unsuccessful application.

You can re-apply to Catalyst for further funding of the next stage of your initiative (for example, stage 3 after you have completed stage 2) and you have acquitted any prior grant. If you have been unsuccessful in applying before, you can re-apply if you have addressed the feedback on your unsuccessful application.

We would like to promote that our initiative has funding, can we do this?

Yes, you can promote that you have received funding from Catalyst. However, it will be important to apply with sufficient time to allow for the consideration and assessment of your application and the funding administration process, before you start any such promotion.

Yes, you can promote that you have received funding from Catalyst. However, it will be important to apply with sufficient time to allow for the consideration and assessment of your application and the funding administration process, before you start any such promotion.

How do we acquit our Catalyst grant?

An acquittal form will be provided to you at the time you are advised you have been successful in your application. This form requires you to demonstrate how you have used the funds in the way you applied for, including an expenditure report, and detail your outcomes and learnings.

An acquittal form will be provided to you at the time you are advised you have been successful in your application. This form requires you to demonstrate how you have used the funds in the way you applied for, including an expenditure report, and detail your outcomes and learnings.

To get started on the Catalyst application process, download and review the Fund Guidelines and book a time with our Fund & Governance Manager to discuss, and give your application the best chance of success!

To prepare prior to your meeting, you can download the Application Form Questions here.

Catalyst, supported by Lotterywest, is part of Spacecubed’s Innovative Society Fund which exists to build a stronger culture of innovation and entrepreneurship in Western Australia.

There are two streams of funding in the Catalyst Program: 

  1. Stream 1 – supports incorporated not-for-profit organisations that want to develop or deliver an initiative to strengthen, progress or grow the innovation ecosystem in WA.  This may include programs, projects, or events that will enhance Western Australia’s capacity for innovation. 
  2. Stream 2 –  supports incorporated not-for-profit organisations that want to develop their own innovation capacity/project to deliver better outcomes for the WA community. 

This Fund aims to develop ideas that can positively impact Western Australia (Stream 1) or organisations wanting to develop their own innovation capacity to generate projects or initiatives that deliver better outcomes for Western Australia (Stream 2).

The Catalyst program offers grants to eligible organisations of $20,000 – $100,000 for an initiative to be progressed for implementation across one of three stages:

  • Scoping” (Develop) – small scale initial funding to assess if an initiative is beneficial to pursue, or how it could be pursued (eg in an Innovative Society Constellation or other collaborative arrangement or approach, or methodology)
  • Progress” (Prepare) – to progress a scoped initiative to be ready to seek support or funding to implement it
  • Fund” (Implement) – to implement the initiative with 1:1 matched third party support or funding equal to or greater than funding sought from Catalyst. 
    • Please note that “Implement” grants are only available for initiatives that support the development/growth of the innovation ecosystem (Stream 1). 
    • A project that develops an organisation’s own innovative capacity/project is not eligible for this third stage, and is encouraged to seek this funding directly from third parties, including Lotterywest (Stream 2).

Funding is available in 3-monthly funding rounds, starting in September 2022. Assessments will be made following the end of each period, and are subject to the funding available. Organisations can re-apply for funding for the next stage of implementation of an initiative if they have properly acquitted a previous stage grant and have complied with all Grant Conditions.

For more information about the program, check out the other tabs for Fund Guidelines, FAQ’s and how to apply.

Other Innovative Society Initiatives...

Previous
Next

Catalyst, supported by Lotterywest and Spacecubed, Fund Guidelines set out who can apply to the Fund, eligible funding uses, assessment criteria and other important information for those applying to the Fund. You should read the Guidelines in full before applying to the Fund.

Please enter your details below and you’ll be redirected to the Catalyst Fund Guidelines.

All applicants should discuss their application or questions with Spacecubed before applying.

These FAQs briefly address likely key questions. More detailed information is provided in the Catalyst Fund Guidelines.

Applicants should discuss their application or questions with Spacecubed before applying.

We are not-for-profit, can we apply for Catalyst?

Catalyst is open to Western Australian incorporated associations, companies limited by guarantee, co-operatives, and Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander organisations, or registered community services, governed and operated by a Western Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander community.

Our initiative involves collaboration or contributions from for-profit groups and other non-profit organisations who could not apply – can we still apply?

Catalyst funded initiatives can involve collaboration with or contributions from for-profits or other ineligible organisations, provided the funding is only used for “eligible expenditure”, not payment to for-profits or other ineligible organisations for overheads or other similar or general costs. Any payment to those parties must be for services actually provided as a contribution to the initiative.

Do we need to participate in the Meshpoints Innovative Society Constellation, to apply?

Applicants need to demonstrate collaboration with other relevant organisations on their initiative, to ensure a proposed initiative is both suitable to the wider ecosystem, avoids duplication or any unnecessary competition. The Meshpoints Innovative Society Constellation process is designed to do these things and ensure optimal outcomes for the WA innovation ecosystem, however it is not the only way applicants can go about this collaboration or seeking others’ contributions to an initiative.

Who are “related parties”?

A “related party” is a person, entity or organisation that has any type of family relationship with an organisation, or has inter-related ownership or control with them, such as common owners or shareholders, or common directors who are able to control both of the entities.

Do we need to apply for Stage 1 first?

You can apply for whichever of the 3 stages suits your initiative’s status and do not need to have applied or received Catalyst funding for any previous stage, if you have already carried it out, or do not need to for any reason.

How much funding can we apply for in each of the 3 stages?

The funding cap of $100,000 applies to each initiative, so whilst you can apply for any amount within each stage, you cannot in total apply for more than that cap across all of your initiative’s funded stages and so it may make sense to leave enough ‘room’ in that cap for stages 2 and 3. The funding you apply for at any stage will also be assessed in terms of its “value for money”.

Can we re-apply?

You can re-apply to Catalyst for further funding of the next stage of your initiative (for example, stage 3 after you have completed stage 2) and you have acquitted any prior grant. If you have been unsuccessful in applying before, you can re-apply if you have addressed the feedback on your unsuccessful application.

We would like to promote that our initiative has funding, can we do this?

Yes, you can promote that you have received funding from Catalyst. However, it will be important to apply with sufficient time to allow for the consideration and assessment of your application and the funding administration process, before you start any such promotion.

How do we acquit our Catalyst grant?

An acquittal form will be provided to you at the time you are advised you have been successful in your application. This form requires you to demonstrate how you have used the funds in the way you applied for, including an expenditure report, and detail your outcomes and learnings.

To get started on the Catalyst application process, download and review the Fund Guidelines and book a time with our Fund & Governance Manager to discuss, and give your application the best chance of success!

To prepare prior to your meeting, you can download the Application Form Questions here.