CANA Small Grants Program

Date/Deadline: 16 Oct, 2022

The CANA Small Grants Program supports small organising projects that educate and organise new and/or diverse voices to advocate for a rapid transformation to net zero emissions using principles of climate justice.

CANA’s Small Grants Program Objectives:

• Increase support for urgent action to address the climate crisis, by engaging new and diverse members of the Australian community.
• Support projects that will have discernible local impact
• Grow the climate movement by supporting smaller organisations or groups to undertake local or targeted action which supports and strengthens the CANA Network Strategy.
• Strengthen the capacity of grassroots organisations through developing skills in community organising, campaign strategy and fundraising.
• Improve the effectiveness of CANA as a movement institution

Funding

Grants from $500 to $10,000 are available to individuals and organisations.

The Program is designed to resource grantee’s to run high impact, low cost organising projects. They seek applications for grants of $500 to $5,000, although in exceptional cases, CANA’s Small Grant Program Committee may grant up to $10,000.

Eligibility for funding

They prioritise applicants who are smaller local organisations (including local affiliates, branches or action groups associated with larger organisations) over larger organisations with numerous staff. Organisations with greater than $2 million organisational income are excluded.

They only accept one application per organisation per round from an Australian non-profit organisation or educational institution operating within Australia.

Selection Criteria

The project has to educate and organise new and/or diverse voices to advocate for a rapid transformation to net zero emissions using principles of climate justice.

Priority will be given to projects that:

• Build new relationships in communities most impacted by the climate crisis, empowering them to transition, adapt and create solutions that work for them
• Activate new allies as advocates
• Assist a particular community to understand the urgency of the climate crisis and gain their commitment to leading an organising project
• Help build the skills and capacity of a community or leadership team to deliver outcomes
• Have a clear strategy for delivering ongoing or scaled impact over time and are part of a long term plan for creating change
• Demonstrate that there is clear follow up from your event or campaign
• Demonstrate participant demand if the project includes training or an event
• Demonstrate that the transition is socially and environmentally just – so that all people have access to a safe climate and healthy environment.
• Adhere to the rights and responsibilities of employers and employees under Australian workplace laws, including rates of pay.

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