The Australian Volunteers Program Impact Fund is offering small grants to partner organisations to help strengthen their capacity and support the progress of their development objectives in key priority areas.
The Australian Volunteers Program has a strong and active commitment to gender equality and women’s empowerment, which is central to achieving more equitable outcomes, and underlies the program’s development objectives to promote and protect human rights. That’s why, this round, the Impact Fund is seeking to identify and fund projects on gender equality.
- Priority will be given to organisations with a primary focus on gender equality and women’s rights or women led organisations. In addition, stronger applications are those which both meet the criteria and advance program values and priorities. These include:
- Building capacity
- Ensuring sustainable outcomes
- Ensuring ethical soundness
- Showing a clear link to the broader work of the applicant’s organisation
- Demonstrating the value of volunteering
- Grants are up to AUD$10,000
- Projects must be implemented between 1 July 2023 and 30 June 2024
- Partner Organisations can only submit one application
What might be funded?
- This round of the Impact Fund is seeking to fund projects which effectively respond to local needs and support outcomes related to gender equality and women’s empowerment. Some examples of these are projects that:
- Strengthen knowledge and leadership within communities
- Create a network of stakeholders to share knowledge and resources
- Build awareness and promote and share knowledge
- Prevent, mitigate, or reduce exposure to identified risks
- Increase resilience
- Demonstrate opportunities for adaptation and mitigation
- Support local volunteers
What will not be funded?
- The Impact Fund will not support costs associated with:
- Projects or activities that have already started, or reimbursement of costs in relation to submission of an application, or any costs related to the proposal incurred prior to the signing of the Grant Agreement
- Activities where duplicate services are already in operation or planned for in a targeted community
- Construction, purchase of land, or capital assets
- Loan funds, contingency funds, or sub-grants
- Recurrent operating costs (e.g. rent and utility costs, and/or activities establishing expectations of ongoing funding)
- Proselytizing – any religious activities
- Activities supporting political campaigns or parties
- Consultancy fees for services of Australian volunteers who are currently participating in the program.
- The Impact Fund may cover costs associated with refreshments related to project activities. However, this does not include the purchase of alcohol, tobacco, or drugs.
Partner organisations are eligible to apply for the Impact Fund if they:
- Are a current partner who has hosted a volunteer since the beginning of the Australian Volunteers Program in January 2018
- Meet all due diligence requirements of the Australian Volunteers Program
- Are not currently managing Impact Fund projects from previous rounds
- Can demonstrate they have successfully managed funding and or grants in the last two years
- Organisations not already in partnership with the Australian Volunteers Program
- Partner organisations who cannot meet due diligence requirements
- Partner organisations who are currently managing Impact Fund projects from previous rounds
- Partner organisations who have not met reporting requirements of previous Impact Fund grants
For more information, visit Australian Government.