Refugee Leadership and Capacity Building Fund: Social Impact Grant

Date/Deadline: 10 Nov, 2022

Grants up to $50,000 per organisation, for new programs and initiatives to support their mission and deliver quality, culturally responsive services to their clients.

The ASRC imagines a future that is free and equitable for people seeking asylum and refugees. This future is powered by refugee-led organisations, which are both run by and for people seeking asylum and refugees. To achieve this, the ASRC has committed to share some of its resources to empower people with lived and living experience of seeking asylum, and the organisations they have founded, who may have the solutions – but not the funding – to solve their own problems.

The ASRC’s long-term campaigns and advocacy have created a rising tide of support for refugees, and we want to use this momentum to lift other organisations up too. Building the capabilities of refugee leaders is a key strategy to accomplish this. Through this capacity building initiative, the ASRC will support refugee leaders in developing critical skills and competencies, honing their capabilities and maximising the potential of their programs. This will lift capabilities across the sector and contribute to inclusive, community-led and more sustainable solutions.

The ASRC will support refugee leadership and capacity building through the funding of projects and foundational activities, while also sharing knowledge, expertise and mentorship.

THE ROLE OF THE FUND
The ASRC Refugee leadership investment and capacity building initiative will support ambitious Refugee-Led Organisations to grow in maturity and deliver impactful results by providing them with leadership coaching, training and funding so they can:

– Provide better services to their members.
– Participate and serve as key stakeholders in wider responses to the refugee crisis.
– Build stronger partnerships and collaborations between the ASRC and refugee-led organisations in both formal and informal ways. This will further enhance the coordination of efforts across the sector and ensure efficient and effective relationships are established and maintained.
– Access the ASRC’s public profile, community networks and marketing capacity to promote partnerships and increase community awareness of these organisations.
– Provide access to in-house training, development and mentoring opportunities for community leaders.

Social Change/Impact Grant (SCIG)
Grants of up to $50,000 per organisation, for new programs and initiatives to support their mission and deliver quality, culturally responsive services to their clients.

Round 1
Open: 1 October 2022
Close: 10 November 2022

WHAT WILL THE GRANTS FUND?
The ASRC is committed to building the capacity and capability of refugee-led organisations and recognises that each organisation may be at a different stage of their journey and have different needs. Support from the ASRC may be both financial and non-financial, and reflect the individual strategy of the organisation.

The Social Change/Impact Grant will fund organisations to:
– Build their skills and experience in planning, establishing, delivering and scaling new and/or existing activities and services.
– Provide greater access to activities and services for people seeking asylum and refugees.

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