2019 Community Grants for Australian Grassroots Organisations

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Deadline: 31 May 2019

Australian Ethical is now open for 2019 Community Grants program to provide financial support to not-for-profit organisations that contribute to humanitarian, environmental and animal welfare efforts in Australia and abroad.

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Focus Areas

The foundation encourages applications in one or more of the following areas: people, the planet and animals.

  • People: Improving lives– They encourage applications from organisations that focus on people who are experiencing extreme levels of distress, disadvantage, vulnerability, or poverty within their community or family. Initiatives led by people experiencing vulnerability themselves are especially welcome.
    • Each project must demonstrate how it meets one or more of the following outcomes:
      • People recover, cope and thrive in the face of severe personal, family, and social adversity
      • People progress into education, employment, enterprise, and training opportunities to develop core life skills and increase their chances of having a stable source of income and secure future
      • People have greater access to healthcare and essential services
      • People have greater protection from violence, exploitation and abuse
      • People of different ethnic backgrounds, faiths and other societal groups (Eg. Aboriginal and Torres Islander Peoples, LGBTI communities) feel more welcomed and valued as a member of our multicultural society
      • Public policy changes and advocacy initiatives to better protect and support vulnerable groups.
    • Planet: Protecting the environment– They encourage applications from organisations that aim to protect and enhance the natural environment by undertaking initiatives related to the following charitable purposes.
      • Each project must demonstrate how it meets one or more of the following outcomes:
        • Increased innovation in development of solutions, access, and education of communities around clean energy, energy efficiency, water efficiency, or conservation of natural resources
        • Minimisation of waste and more efficient and widespread recycling
        • Increased protection of biodiversity, including flora and fauna
        • Increased appreciation of cultural heritage and/or application of environmental management practices
        • Reduced environmental damage including protecting, preserving, rehabilitating, and educating the community about the natural environment
        • Public policy changes and advocacy initiatives to better protect and support the environment.
      • Animals: Protecting and supporting animals– They encourage applications from organisations that aim to improve animal welfare, rescue injured animals, and protect threatened and endangered species and their habitat.
        • Each project must demonstrate how it meets one or more of the following outcomes:
          • Improved animal well-being and initiatives that reduce and/or remove animal suffering
          • Improved animal management practices and educational programs
          • Development of alternative solutions and income for local communities within threatened and endangered species’ habitat
          • Greater sustainability of populations of threatened and endangered species
          • Initiatives that promote greater usage of plant based solutions in replacement of animal products
          • Public policy changes and advocacy initiatives to better protect and support animals.

Funding Information

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Australian Ethical grants are for $10,000 and $20,000 (but they also provide funding amounts for projects within this range, for example $15,000). Their preference is for the grant money to be spent within one year of receipt. In the application form please select the amount closest to what applicants require. For example if they require $15,000, please request $20,000.

What they will fund

They ensure funding represents a fair spread across rural and metropolitan Australia as well as abroad. They’ll fund small capital items and specific project costs with clear outcomes. They’ll also fund staff wages for a specific role supported through the grant.

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They won’t fund:

  • core expenses (e.g. rent, insurance, admin and general business operations),
  • retrospective funding (support for activities that have already taken place),
  • fundraising appeals (including general capital appeals), or
  • funding direct to individuals.

Grants are a competitive process and applications that meet the assessment criteria are not guaranteed funding. Successful applicants may receive a percentage of the total sought rather than the full amount.

Eligibility Criteria

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  • They offer grants to not-for-profit organisations, social enterprises and registered charities based in Australia. Organisations working for a charitable purpose for the benefit of people, the planet and/or animals in Australia, or internationally, are encouraged to apply.
  • Only organisations with operating revenue less than $1.5 million dollars will be eligible to apply in 2019.
  • New, emerging or small not-for-profit groups are eligible to apply as long as they have:
    • an Australian Business Number (ABN),
    • documentation that supports their not-for-profit status and;
    • an Australian bank account.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted online via given website.

For more information, please visit https://www.australianethical.com.au/community-grants/

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