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.
Funding Round #4 is now open! Applications close Thursday 23rd February.

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, offers grants between $20,000 and $100,000 to eligible not-for-profits through two streams of funding. Stream 1, aims to develop ideas that can positively impact Western Australia, and Stream 2 supports organisations wanting to develop their own innovation capacity to generate projects or initiatives that deliver better outcomes for Western Australia. 

Stream 1 is focused on Building Ecosystem Capacity by supporting 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. 

Stream 2 focused on Creating Organisational Capacity by supporting incorporated not-for-profit organisations that want to develop their own innovation capacity/project to deliver better outcomes for the WA community. 

Eligible organisations and not-for-profits who are seeking funding through Stream 1 or Stream 2 can be at one of three stages, Scoping, Planning or Implementation. This creates a broader scope of support, whether you’re at idea stage, planning stage or ready to implement a project plan. During your Discovery Session with our Product & Pipeline Lead, you can discuss which stage your application best suits.

Organisations can also 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.

Funding Rounds for Catalyst run approximately 3 monthly. Applications will be open in Feb/March, May/June, Aug/Sept, Nov/Dec in 2023.

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.

How to apply for the Catalyst Fund

To get started on your Catalyst application, review the applicant journey below and follow the process to give your application the best chance of success. Once you have completed the below steps, our Fund & Governance Manager will be in touch to advise all applicants of the assessment outcome and next steps! If you have any questions, or concerns, please contact us to discuss further.

1: Attend an Information Session (Optional)

See available and upcoming information sessions here to learn about the initiative, explore eligibility, understand the process and clarify any questions you may have about the application process.

2: Book a Discovery Session (Mandatory)

Book and attend a Discovery Session with our Product & Pipeline Lead so we can understand your initiative and allow us to provide support in developing your application. Enquire about booking your session directly here.

3: Submit a Draft Application (Mandatory)

Following the Discovery Session, all applicants will submit a draft application and receive feedback from our Fund & Governance Manager. The submission process and application form will be shared during the Discovery Session.

4: Submit a Final Application (Mandatory)

Applicant will submit a final application that will be reviewed by an External Assessment Panel.

Catalyst, supported by Lotterywest, offers grants between $20,000 and $100,000 to eligible not-for-profits through two streams of funding. Stream 1, aims to develop ideas that can positively impact Western Australia, and Stream 2 supports organisations wanting to develop their own innovation capacity to generate projects or initiatives that deliver better outcomes for Western Australia. 

Stream 1 is focused on Building Ecosystem Capacity by supporting 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. 

Stream 2 focused on Creating Organisational Capacity by supporting incorporated not-for-profit organisations that want to develop their own innovation capacity/project to deliver better outcomes for the WA community. 

Eligible organisations and not-for-profits who are seeking funding through Stream 1 or Stream 2 can be at one of three stages, Scoping, Planning or Implementation. This creates a broader scope of support, whether you’re at idea stage, planning stage or ready to implement a project plan. During your Discovery Session with our Product & Pipeline Lead, you can discuss which stage your application best suits.

Organisations can also 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.

Funding Rounds for Catalyst run approximately 3 monthly. Applications will be open in Feb/March, May/June, Aug/Sept, Nov/Dec in 2023.

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.

How to apply for the Catalyst Fund

To get started on your Catalyst application, review the applicant journey below and follow the process to give your application the best chance of success. Once you have completed the below steps, our Fund & Governance Manager will be in touch to advise all applicants of the assessment outcome and next steps! If you have any questions, or concerns, please contact us to discuss further.

1: Attend an Information Session (Optional)

See available and upcoming information sessions here to learn about the initiative, explore eligibility, understand the process and clarify any questions you may have about the application process.

2: Book a Discovery Session (Mandatory)

Book and attend a Discovery Session with our Product & Pipeline Lead so we can understand your initiative and allow us to provide support in developing your application. Enquire about booking your session directly here.

3: Submit a Draft Application (Mandatory)

Following the Discovery Session, all applicants will submit a draft application and receive feedback from our Fund & Governance Manager. The submission process and application form will be shared during the Discovery Session.

4: Submit a Final Application (Mandatory)

Applicant will submit a final application that will be reviewed by an External Assessment Panel.

Date
Recipient
INITIATIVE Details
Amount
07/10/2022
Valued Lives Foundation Ltd
Appointment of Innovation Unit to work with a user led Board and leadership team to develop scope of works in preparation for the development of a full business case application. Initiative end goal is to develop (through use of a trojan horse application, designing innovative solutions to customised employment options for people with cognitive and development disability) organisational innovative capacity through the development of internal processes that are embedded into work practices and used to design innovative solutions to overcome barriers to social inclusion for people with disability.
$2,850
07/10/2022
WA Plus
Scope and define a Pilot “innovation do tank” in a key chosen area, bringing together key players and defining a vision to be achieved. Throughout six months, numerous workshops and one on one sessions will be undertaken to further refine the action areas, where opportunities for new businesses and innovation will be identified. Support will be provided to scope those new business ideas as they emerge.
$20,000
07/10/2022
St Hilda's Anglican School for Girls
Creation of a diagnostic tool that measures entrepreneurial mindset and skill set as the priority areas, with the intention to share and scale these learnings across other WA Schools, once the testing has been validated. While diagnostic tools generally measure entrepreneurial mindset among university students and older entrepreneurs exist, there is no known instrument aimed at school students. Thus, this study aims to develop, pilot, test, and validate a new quantitative entrepreneurial mindset and skillset scale.
$33,000
07/10/2022
SW Angels
Collaboratively design a strategy and framework for (Angel) investment across regional WA, building on the SW Angels model, including a brand proposition for regional investment, educating key stakeholders on the advantages of regional investment, and a proposed actionable educational program supporting regional enterprises and startups to access that investment.
$41,198
07/10/2022
Noongar Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI)
Scoping an Aboriginal Innovation Hub by developing a stronger understanding of the Aboriginal innovation ecosystem, consulting with Aboriginal innovation stakeholders and with innovation-interested young people to understand needs, and market validation for the Hub both as a workspace and a workshop space.
$26,060
07/10/2022
Business Foundations Ltd
Towards the Fremantle Innovation Ecosystem initiative which will formalise the existing activities of the local innovation service providers which aim to establish Fremantle as a centre for innovation in the blue economy, sustainability, and immersive technology sectors and foster a collaborative environment. 
$32,500
07/10/2022
Enterprise Partnerships WA
Enable co-design of an impact framework to demonstrate the social, economic and wellbeing impacts of EPWA’s existing Train-the-Trainer Enterprise Facilitation Program. The project will support local enterprise facilitators in Kalumburu and Balgo (Wirrimanu) to build capabilities in impact measurement and evaluation and ongoing implementation of the framework. It will support a better understanding of the indicators and pathways to wellbeing of First Nations entrepreneurship and foster innovation across the sector.
$20,000
25/08/2022
IPS Foundation
The Create Program is a flexible, free, blended learning program designed to connect and grow Indigenous businesses in new industries. We will build on our connection with Aboriginal organisations across regional Western Australia to deliver a program that assists Aboriginal Startups.
$23,000

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.