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.

Human Rights Innovation Fund

What are the fund’s objectives?

These initiatives will have a demonstrable human rights impact in Australia and must have the potential to advance one or more of the fund’s objectives: * Foster grassroots community activism; * Engage and empower a diversity of people to build networks and promote the growth of a human rights constituency; * Acknowledge the initiatives and endeavours of the human rights movement; and * Develop partnerships with other organisations.

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.

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

Who can apply?

Anyone can apply — individuals, local action groups, community groups or networks and organisations from any Australian State or Territory.

What are the funding criteria?

Projects must have a demonstrable human rights impact and the potential to advance one or more the Fund’s objectives outlined above.

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

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.

Indigenous rights and the Human Rights Innovation Fund

Through the Human Rights Innovation Fund we will provide at least one grant each year to Indigenous organisations working to end youth incarceration.

Amnesty’s Indigenous Youth Justice campaign, Community is Everything, aims to end the over-representation of Indigenous young people in detention within a generation.

Our latest report on Indigenous youth justice

In June 2015, Amnesty International Australia launched the report A Brighter Tomorrow: Keeping Indigenous kids in the community and out of detention in Australia. Indigenous youth detention in Australia is a national crisis – Indigenous young people are 26 more times more likely to be in detention than non-Indigenous young people. Western Australia detains Indigenous children at 53 times the rate of their non-Indigenous peers.

Amnesty will be working over the coming years to ensure a brighter tomorrow for Indigenous kids. The report makes comprehensive, practical recommendations to government on how to reduce the rate of Indigenous youth incarceration and make communities safer. It also examines the innovative Indigenous-led prevention and diversion programs that are achieving impressive results.

Between 2016 and 2019, in recognition of the importance of this 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.

Your proposal could involve remote or urban communities, it could complement or be an element of an early intervention, prevention or diversionary program, or it could be an event or activity that supports the campaign. Amnesty encourages Indigenous 'stakeholders' to develop creative interesting, positive initiatives that will help keep kids out of detention and in the community where they belong.

Who can apply?

The Human Rights Innovation Fund for Indigenous Youth Justice initiatives is open to Indigenous-led and directed organisations only.

Funding criteria

  1. Projects must have a demonstrable human rights impact in that it supports the aim of Amnesty’s Indigenous Youth Justice campaign.
  2. Projects must be an Indigenous-led and designed initiative.
  3. Projects must be achievable within the funding available (maximum $8,000).
  4. Smaller projects, even very small, are very welcome
  5. Projects must be completed within one year of the project’s start date.
  6. 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.
  7. Successful applicants will be required to submit a short project report/evaluation within two months of the completion of the project.

How do I apply?

There are four quarterly grant rounds each year. Please complete the proposal form and email it to Kaye Blackman at kaye.blackman@amnesty.org.au by any of the following dates:

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

How are applications assessed?

Submitted 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 the funding round closing.

If you would like to discuss your ideas, please contact Kaye Blackman at kaye.blackman@amnesty.org.au.

Apply now

To apply, download the relevant Guidelines and Application Form. Complete the application and email it to Kaye Blackman at kaye.blackman@amnesty.org.au by the closing date.

More information

Please read the Guidelines carefully. If you still have questions or would like to discuss your ideas, please email [email protected]