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Seeding Strengths Grants

Over the next 12 months, we will distribute $200,000 to young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and organisations fighting injustice and building Blak power.

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What are the Seeding Strengths Grants? 

Seeding Strength Grants are two $100k rounds ($200k total) of funding available in 2023 open to young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (16-35) and organisations fighting injustice and building Blak power across the country. 

We are offering two types of grants in both rounds:

  • Rapid response: First Nations young people (aged 16-35 years) can apply for rapid response grants of $2,000 to $10,000 for urgent campaigns/movements/initiatives relating to social change in response to systematic oppression & specific injustices of First Nations young people.
  • Campaign, movement or project based: First Nations young people (aged 16-35 years) can apply for grants (from $2,000 to $50,000) to support core funding for existing or new campaigns, movements and projects in four impact areas:
    • Truthtelling and storytelling
    • Decolonising and re-Indigenising
    • Building and strengthening movements, campaigns and global solidarity
    • Facilitating vision creation

A total of $200,000 in funding will be distributed in 2023. 

Why?

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander young people and their campaigns, movements and projects need financial backing to win campaigns, and achieve the self-determined, long term change they want to see. 

Seeding Strength is designed to shift resources through grant-making, increasing philanthropic connections and supporting initiatives to secure ongoing sustainable funding for long term change.

When are applications open?

Rapid response:

Applications for Rapid Response grants are open for all of 2023. You can apply anytime. 

Seeding Strength Round 1, 2023:

Applications open 20 January
Online info session 3 February 
Applications close 17 February, 5pm
Recipients announced 6 March
Funds released Mid-Late March

 

Who can apply?

Seeding Strength Grants are open to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander young people and organisations led by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander young people aged 16-35. 

We will prioritise applications from grassroots and not-for-profit campaigns, projects, organisations and movements.

Ready to apply? Great decision! 

Our First Nations team will be in touch within 7 business days to have a yarn. 

After this initial chat you’ll be invited to do a more detailed application (including a breakdown of budget) and/or interview. 

Our selection panel will then determine the recipients, who will then be notified and the funds released for their spending.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can I contact for more information?

If you have questions or want more information about Seeding Strengths you can email them to Meriki Onus (she/her) at meriki.onus@fya.org.au.

How is this grant program funded?

Seeding Strengths is fully funded by FYA. FYA is investing $2.3 million into our dedicated First Nations work over 3 years (2021-2023).

How will recipients be chosen?

Grant recipients will be selected by a panel of three First Nations people from our First Nations Governance Group. These are all young mob aged under 35 years. You can read more about our First Nations Governance Group here.

Priority will be given to grassroots and not-for-profit campaigns, projects, organisations and movements. 

We will also aim to fund a diverse mix (age, ability, gender, mobs) of people and projects recognising that there are multiple layers of discrimination and injustice for intersectional mob. 

We select grant recipients based on the following criteria here.

What happens if my application is successful?

Successful recipients will:

  • Spend the fund within a 12-24 month period on the initiative they outline in application. 
  • Be supported by the FYA First Nations team to submit a short evaluation report to demonstrate the impact of your work with the aim of securing ongoing sustainable funding for long term change.