The Bunya Fund recipients

The Bunya Fund is Australia’s first co-operative and mutual enterprise sector fund that supports the next generation of co-operative and mutual social enterprises.

The Bunya Fund helps grow Australia’s co-operative and mutual sector by bridging the funding gap for early-stage enterprises to develop their businesses. It provides funding for education, training, advisory and mentoring to support emerging co-operatives and mutuals with high economic, social, cultural and environmental impact.

BCCM CEO Melina Morrison stated, “The Bunya Fund is helping to empower the next generation of co-operatives and mutuals by lending vital monetary support and also contributing valuable advice from some of our more experienced member organisations. This fund is ensuring that emerging co-ops and mutuals can grow and prosper, and in the process, deliver positive impact to their communities. What is most pleasing is to see some of our larger co-operatives giving back and sharing what they have learned in the interests of creating a better future for all Australians.”

The first funding round recipients, Bunyans, were announced in November 2022 and the second in April 2023.

Round two Bunyans

Co-operation Housing
Sustainable Housing for Artists and Creatives Co-operative (SHACC)
SuppHorticulture is auspiced by The Veggie Empire
The Broomehill Village Co-operative

Round one Bunyans

Co-operation Housing
Eyre Peninsula Co-operative Bulk Handling logo
Kingdom Community Life Care LTD (KCLC)
Northern Australia Aboriginal Kakadu Plum Alliance
Quairading Co-op

Meet some of our Bunyans

angle grinder with sparks. Photo by david gilbertson unsplash

Gaining momentum through The Bunya Fund: Zane Alcorn's experience

The Bunya Fund’s pivotal role in Earthworker Construction Cooperative's early success.
Melanie Bainbridge

Reinventing music streaming: The Pack Music Cooperative

Antony McMullen talks with with Bunyan Melanie Bainbridge

Harmonious habitats: Eugenie Stockmann's blueprint for co-operative living

A visionary in the evolving landscape of sustainable living and affordable housing.