Australian Progress, together with Australian Communities Foundation and Australian Council of Social Services (ACOSS), have launched the COVID-19 Rapid Advocacy Fund, that can rapidly inject funds into strategic advocacy campaigns demanding ambitious policies in response to the pandemic in Australia. Grants between $3,000 to $10,000 are available to individuals and organisations to run advocacy campaigns.
Eligible projects will be selected that:
- Are advocacy campaigns with a clear theory of change for how to influence decision-makers and win ambitious policy changes.
- Are grassroots in nature and have a plan to create real-world change.
- Insert an important perspective, issue or constituency related to coronavirus into the national policy debate. Examples might include projects advocating for policy changes on issues like housing, health and justice, First Nations justice and access for people with disability.
- Demand that communities are centred in the response to the pandemic.
Applications are ongoing.