There are an estimated 20,000 social enterprises in Australia, and this number is on the rise. As young people cite climate change as their number one concern it’s no surprise that the new generation entering the workplace and forging startup businesses, are more concerned about the environment, and social justice than simply profit.
Research shows that many of these social enterprises face a lack of resources for business growth, such as marketing, and so the creative brains behind Brisbane-based The Commune Space have launched a new grants program to support these business with branding and design.
These community grants for social enterprises – which equates to a total package worth over $8,000 are a helping hand for businesses that operate on tight budgets, with little or no room to spend dollars on brand-building services, such as design and branding, marketing, PR and copywriting.
The two grants available have been appropriately titled The Change Maker Grant & The Change Disruptor Grant, and are available from August 11 to eligible individuals and organisations.
The Commune Space is run by creative-duo Jess & Brenton. The pair built the primarily B2B agency to offer all-inclusive creative services. Think designing, planning, style and execution to help businesses in Brisbane and beyond.
They spotted an opportunity to ‘give back’ to enterprises that are making a difference, partnering with complementary suppliers in the marketing sector to provide advice, expertise and services that the startup founders may not have, but that will be essential for their business growth and to solve their problem.
Co-founder Jess said: “The Commune Space is first and foremost built by community peeps (Brenton and myself), to see and create good for this planet we call home.
“So, we wanted to extend the ‘good’ even further: by offering community grants to the businesses who are setting out to make changes for the better in our society, but who also needed a bit of a helping hand.”
It’s a helping hand for a department that is sometimes the last to receive love in the form of precious dollars, but is the first that is noticed by potential customers.
The Commune Space saw how having a strong brand personality and aesthetic has helped organisations such as ‘Thank You; and ‘Who Gives A Crap’ and given them real presence and recall amongst target audiences, and wanted to offer the same for smaller companies without big marketing budgets.
“We understand that sometimes design is the last thing a social enterprise can afford to get fancy with, because they have more pressing things on hand (like trying to make a difference in the world). So this our way of saying – Hey, we notice you, and this is our way of saying thanks.”
Two grants are available and have been deliberately designed for different purposes; the first offering, named The Change Maker grant is available to individuals or organisations, offering graphic design and branding services, while the second named, The Change Disruptor grant has been curated specifically for social enterprises, start-ups with a cause, not-for-profits and the like and includes design & branding, marketing, PR and brand strategy.
Businesses can apply for a relevant grant from August 11. Applications close September 8. To find out more about The Commune Space and the Community Grants, visit www.thecommunespace.com.au
Freedom Foods and 72andSunny Sydney have launched the first advertising campaign for Australia’s Own range of plant-based beverages. The campaign introduces a new visual world and identity for the brand and captures the healthy, positive feeling you get when spending time in nature and when consuming Australia’s Own certified-organic, plant-based beverages. As well as featuring […]
Nine creatives from APAC are among the 94 finalists from 27 countries in The One Club for Creativity’s prestigious Young Guns 19 competition, celebrating international creative professionals age 30 or younger. The finalists from APAC are: Hiu Ching Kung, graphic designer, Hong Kong Lam Ieong Kun, graphic designer, illustrator, indego design, Macau Raxenne Maniquiz, graphic designer, illustrator, Santa Maria (Philippines) Kiyotaka […]
OOH transit company Adflow has announced the success of the first phase of its regional expansion program. Adflow’s regional footprint has increased by 60 per cent to now include 65 regional locations. With 9.1 million people living regionally in Australia (growth of 1.1 per cent experienced in the 19/20 Financial year) and most regional centres […]
Freshworks, a leading software company, has started trading on the Nasdaq Global Select Market, marking an important milestone for the company. The company priced its IPO at US$36 per share (AU$49.76), raising about US$1 billion (AU$1.4B), resulting in a total market capitalisation of AU$13.7 billion (US$10B). Freshworks, which was founded in India, has strong roots […]
Black Friday Cyber Monday (BFCM) is the biggest player in the holiday shopping game and Google’s most recent research suggests consumer interest for the peak sales season starts much earlier than retailers may realise. The pandemic has fundamentally changed buyer behaviour over peak sales season, with Google suggesting that global consumer interest in Black Friday […]