CANA Small Grants Program

The CANA Small Grants Program supports small organising projects that educate and organise new and diverse voices to advocate for a rapid transition to clean energy.

Application period is open!

A summary of the recent independent review of the Small Grants Program 2017-2019 highlights its success in engaging new voices in grassroots projects aligned with national climate priorities, the universal support and regard for the Program by grant recipients and applicants, and how it has leveraged additional funding for local projects. It also includes tips for strong projects. 

Funding for your project

Grants from $500 to $10,000 are available to individuals and organisations. The Program is designed to resource CANA members to run high impact, low cost organising projects. We 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. In addition, the Committee will welcome stand out applications from organisations considering joining CANA. Successful grant applicants who are not CANA members will have their first year’s membership fee, typically $100 for small organisations, deducted from their grant. (Note that the fee is waived for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-led organisations).

Eligibility for funding

We prioritise applicants which are smaller local organisations and individuals (including local affiliates, branches or action groups associated with larger organisations) over larger organisations with numerous staff. Larger organisations with a project that supports local action groups that address a critical gap in national strategy will be considered. 

Organisations must be Australian and operate within Australia.

Selection Criteria

The project has to educate and organise new and diverse voices to advocate for a rapid transition to clean energy.

Desirable Projects

Priority will be given to projects that, either:

  • 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.

This grants program is not suitable for one-off installations of renewable energy technology.

Application process

Applications are open Monday 16 March until midnight (AEST) Sunday 26 April 2020.

Complete each section of the online application form clearly and concisely. 

You will need to complete the whole online form prior to submitting it (you will not be able to save a partially completed online form). Once submitted, you are able to edit the form prior to midnight (AEST) Sunday 26 April 2020.

Applications will be reviewed late May - early June 2020.

By early - mid June 2020, applicants will be contacted in writing to confirm whether or not their application has been successful. Funding will be available shortly afterwards. Project completion deadlines will be discussed and detailed in the Grant Agreement, and will generally be expected to be no longer than 6 months. Negotiation of extensions are possible. Upon completion of your project you will be required to submit a short summary report outlining the work, outcomes and lessons learned.

Note that if you are shortlisted by the selection committee, you may be asked to provide other relevant documents in support of your application.

Application form

To assist with your preparation to apply, you will need to prepare answers to the below questions:

 What is the name of your project?

  • Does your project meet the application criteria to educate and organise new and diverse voices to advocate for a rapid transition to clean energy?
  • What project do you want to do in Australia? Provide project details with a brief description of how you intend to use the grant funding (Approx. 100 words)
  • Why do you want to do this project? Describe the reasons why you are planning this project and how it will assist in achieving the goal of educating and organising new and diverse voices to advocate for a rapid transition to clean energy (Approx. 100 words)
  • What do you expect to achieve from the project? Provide a broad one-sentence goal (overarching destination) and a paragraph on the objectives (activity to achieve goal). The objectives should be SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-bound). For example, by the end of the project period we will have: a) identified and approached ten potential education sector community organisers; b) provided introductory training to a minimum of six of these; c) supported the six to develop and (begin to) implement a local education sector organising plan.  (Approx. 100 words)
  • What are the proposed start and end dates for your project?
  • Who will be leading the project, position held and contact phone?
  • Who is the project's secondary contact?
  • Applicant name (organisation or individual to sign grant agreement)
  • ABN or Registration Number (if available)
  • Full Address
  • Website (a facebook page is fine)
  • Are you a CANA member?
  • What does your organisation do? a) Provide a brief overview of your organisation’s mission, major programs and number of paid staff, volunteer leaders and volunteers. b) Indicate how the proposed project will assist your organisation in its mission (Approx. 100 words)
  • How much do you expect your project to cost?
  • How much funding are you seeking from CANA? Grants from $500 to $10,000 are available to individuals and organisations. The Program is designed to resource CANA members to run high impact, low cost organising projects. We 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.
  • What date would you require the funds?
  • Will you have any other funding for this project? Will you be applying for funds for this project from other grant programs or from government? Or have you secured funding from other sources for this project? If so, please specify the funding amounts and sources. 
  • What will you spend the funds on? Please provide a breakdown of what (goods/services) you will purchase using the grant. The total should match the total requested. 
  • What does “climate justice” mean to you? (optional)

Further information

Please direct any questions to Melinda Millen melinda@cana.net.au


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