The COVID-19 Rapid Advocacy Fund

Status: Ongoing

Region: Australia wide and Queensland wide

Amount: $1,000-$10,000


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As Australians grapple with the impacts of the pandemic on their lives we are seeing outpourings of community spirit and concern. This energy is ready to be channelled into creative and innovative action to transform our society, protect vulnerable communities and look after one another.

That’s why Australian Progress, together with Australian Communities Foundation and other partners, are launching COVID-19 Rapid Advocacy Fund, a donor pool that can rapidly inject funds into strategic advocacy campaigns responding to the pandemic in Australia.

Projects will be selected that:

  • Are grassroots in nature and have a plan to create real-world impacts, along with a clear theory of change for how to make it a reality.

  • Insert an important perspective, issue or constituency related to coronavirus into the national policy debate. Examples might include projects advocating for policy changes on issues like housing, health and justice, First Nations justice and access for people with disability.

  • Demand that communities are centred in the response to the pandemic.

  • Benefit from a small, immediate contribution. The majority of grants will be in the realm of $1,000-$10,000

  • Leverage cutting-edge tools and tactics, which may include polling, media, direct lobbying, research, stunts, cultural intervention and digital organising.

  • Are non-profit, consistent with obligations on charities, legally compliant, and fall within the definition of ‘social welfare’ (ultimately helping people facing tough times).

DGR status is not required by applicants.

We encourage groups to pitch their projects as soon as possible, but require contributions to be made to begin funding.

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