Participatory community grants - Seedling Fund

With Lendlease, Landcorp and Bendigo Bank


Grant framework, governance structure, program coordination, branding and marketing, impact reporting


Encourage participation and belonging, while supporting clubs and groups to form in the early stages of a new development.


The Seedling Fund is a community-led grant initiative that aims to promote and enable local groups to do great things in the community. In a process similar to crowd funding, the community votes for which projects get the majority of the dollars. We call it a ground up grant – money raised by the community, for the community.


Sprout created and established The Seedling Fund brand, as part of the Sprout Hub model. The fund is administered by Bendigo Bank’s Community Enterprise Foundation. 10c in every dollar spent at Sprout Hubs goes into the Seedling Fund. Finalists are selected to receive a base grant amount, then community gets to vote to determine how finalists share the remaining fund tally. The purpose is to support the local clubs, groups and projects that make a great community.  It’s all about providing more engaging opportunities for local residents to participate in local decision-making.

“The Sprout Hub has helped with getting my Scout group set up and provides constant assistance whenever it is asked.”
Alkimos Scout Group


  • Provide financial support for clubs and groups in new developments
  • Embed a culture of contribution in the local community
  • Encourage community participation in a meaningful way




  • Alkimos Beach Surf Life Saving Club (WA)
  • Alkimos Beach Scouts (WA)
  • Camera Story (WA)
  • Awesome Arts (WA)
  • Scott and Propel Youth (WA)
  • Wollert Community Fire Association (VIC)
  • Boomerang Bags Epping (VIC)
  • Epping North Scouts (VIC)
  • Illawarra Family Services (NSW)
  • Albion Park Football Club (NSW)
  • 1st Albion Park Scout Group (NSW)
“Receiving the Seedling Fund Grant was a wish come true for our school community. The items received included two large water tanks, two worm farms, a compost bin, shredders, mulch, great quality garden soil improver and potting mix. We were also delighted to receive six passion fruit vines, six lavender bushes and seeds to allow our veggie garden to flourish. Our lemon trees have been planted and we are so lucky to see our environment thrive before our eyes. The children adore snuggling the chickens and collecting their eggs. Max and Lily supply us with two eggs a day. Our daily ‘Environment Helpers’ collect the eggs, feed the chooks, water the indoor and outdoor plants and monitor the worm farm and water tanks. How special that the children are immersed in sustainability each and every day.”
Emma-Lee Jackson, Early Learning Coordinator, St James Kindergarten


  • Fund impact model development
  • Creation of Fund framework and governance systems and processes
  • Fund brand and marketing
  • Round promotion and administration
  • Partnership management
  • Reporting
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