Apply to the Innovative Society Fund

The Innovative Society Fund supports innovators, change-makers and ecosystem-supporting organisations through three funding streams, Catalyst Inspire, Catalyst Create and Lotterywest IdeaStarter.

Catalyst Inspire

Funding for initiatives that attract and activate participation in the WA innovation ecosystem, contributing to a stronger culture of innovation and entrepreneurship.

Lotterywest IdeaStarter

Funding to support the validation or progress of early-stage innovations or ideas. It is available only to existing incubator or accelerator programs operating in WA.

Catalyst Create

Funding to establish new programs or initiatives that build capacity and capability in the WA innovation ecosystem, contributing to a strong culture of innovation and entrepreneurship.

Access grant funding across three streams

The Innovative Society Fund exists to support initiatives and innovations being developed by the ecosystem. The fund includes three streams, catering to projects of different stages.

Applying to the fund is a collaborative, supportive process.

The Innovative Society Fund is not a typical grant program – we emphasise ecosystem collaboration in the formation and delivery of new initiatives.

View the funding guidelines & check pre-conditions

The funding guidelines provide an overview of each funding stream, eligible expenditure and the assessment criteria. View a summary of the streams and pre-condition checklists via the link below.

(Catalyst Create Only)

Join or form a collaborative working group

Catalyst Create requires initiatives to be formed through collaboration. The purpose of this is to help increase the success of your initiative by working collaboratively.

Write a draft application and receive feedback

We strongly encourage you to complete a draft application and engage with the Meshpoints team to get feedback before submitting your final application.

Submit your application

Funding applications are reviewed by an independent assessment panel. You will receive feedback on your application if you are not successful and may reapply. There is a 30-day review time for Catalyst Inspire and a 60-day review time for Catalyst Create and Lotterywest IdeaStarter.

Provide updates with the Meshpoints network

Through the life of your initiative, we may request updates. As you progress with your initiative we strongly encourage you to share updates proactively with the Meshpoints partner network through Circle.

Acquit your grant and share your learnings

An acquittal is required to be completed within 6 months of your grant acceptance date (but can be extended on request). This is done via an online form we provide to you. We also ask that you post a summary of outcomes and lessons learned on Circle for the purpose of sharing with the wider Partner network.