Amnesty International Australia's Human Rights Innovation Fund allows anyone interested in promoting and defending human rights direct access to funding to support new, innovative, creative initiatives.

The initiatives should:

  • promote the growth of a human rights constituency in Australia; and/or
  • increase the diversity of Amnesty International supporters; and/or
  • have a demonstrable positive human rights impact.

What we're looking for

We're looking for:

  • innovative programs that educate and mobilise the public about human rights issues
  • recruiting Amnesty International supporters through a new method
  • stimulating Amnesty International supporter activity with a new form of activism.

Ideas for projects

These are a small sample only - we encourage you to think outside the square!

  • Speaker tour.
  • Human Rights Defender tour (for example, a national tour of a defender of human rights, who has an inspiring story to tell).
  • A human rights photography project in remote Indigenous communities.
  • An Amnesty International program broadcast online.
  • Networking with human rights organisations for a particular outcome.
  • A human rights seminar/event.
  • Activism retreat held for high school students or other community sectors.
  • An interactive web-based human rights campaign.
  • Human rights awareness raising activity and/or outreach to new audiences.
  • Setting up a virtual action group around a particular human rights issue.
  • An innovative display or stall design for a local action group to attract new supporters.

These are a just small sample only – we encourage you to think outside the box!

See past recipients of the fund and learn more about their projects.

Who can apply?

Anyone can apply, including individuals, local action groups, community groups and networks.

How are applications made?

There are four quarterly grant rounds. The application form, download here (Microsoft Word Document, 1.2 mb), must be emailed to Kaye Blackman by the following dates:

  • 28 February
  • 31 May
  • 31 August
  • 30 November

What are the funding criteria?

Projects must have the potential to advance one or more of the Fund's objectives.

The Fund's objectives

  • Promote the growth of a human rights constituency in Australia; and/or
  • Increase the diversity of Amnesty International supporters; and/or
  • Have a demonstrable human rights impact.
  • Projects must be undertaken by Australian-based individuals, groups, organisations etc. and must be for work in Australia.
  • Projects must be completed within one year of the project's start date.
  • If the project requires resources (time, labour, equipment, advice, support etc.) from any other person, group or organisation, the proposer of the project must get third party endorsement from that individual, group or organisation if your proposal is successful. To accompany your application, you will need a letter of 'in principle' support only – it does not need to be a concrete commitment.
  • Amnesty International Australia cannot pay wages. If wages form part of your project budget, you will need to be an employer or the person(s) to be paid will need to have an ABN.
  • If the project raises any funds directly, all funds raised must be remitted to Amnesty International for its general use.
  • No single project will be awarded more than $8,000.
  • Smaller projects, even very small, are welcome.
  • Successful applicants will be required to submit a project evaluation to Amnesty International within two months of the completion of their project.

How are applications assessed?

Proposals will be assessed by the Human Rights Innovation Fund Committee (comprising staff and active Amnesty International supporters) and applicants will be contacted within eight weeks of a proposal being received.

Apply now

To apply, download and complete the application form and email it to Kaye Blackman at kaye.blackman@amnesty.org.au.

Indigenous rights and the Human Rights Innovation Fund

Between 2015 and 2019, in recognition of the importance of our Indigenous rights campaign, Amnesty International Australia will provide at least one grant each year, through the Human Rights Innovation Fund, to Indigenous organisations working to:

  • end youth incarceration; and/or
  • support Indigenous individuals/families/communities experiencing youth detention.

Find out how to apply

More information

If you would like to discuss your ideas, please contact our Supporter Relations Team on 1300 300 920 or supporterrelations@amnesty.org.au. They will put you in touch with the most appropriate activist or staff member in Amnesty International to discuss your idea.