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Human Rights Grants Scheme

There will be no Human Rights Grant Scheme in the 2013-14 financial year.

Successful Human Rights Grants Scheme projects for 2012–13

Recipient organisations for the 2012-13 round of the Human Rights Grants Scheme were announced on Human Rights Day, 10 December 2012.

Up to $3.7 million will be provided to support 40 projects spanning the Asia Pacific, Africa, the Middle East, South America and the Caribbean. The grants will enable recipient organisations to protect and promote the human rights of women, indigenous people, children, people with disability and refugees including in:

  • The Democratic Republic of Congo, where $99,975 will enhance access to justice for victims of sexual and gender-based violence.
  • Fiji, where $74,455 will improve economic and employment opportunities for people with disability.
  • Guatemala, where $90,000 will enable indigenous women defenders to provide legal and other support services to women victims of violence.
  • Myanmar, where $85,000 will help develop the capacity of civil society organisations to help increase communal engagement in local governance and awareness of basic rights.
  • Solomon Islands, where $100,000 will support actions against exploitation and trafficking of children.
  • Uganda, where $100,000 will help reduce unlawful detention through provision of legal assistance services.

2012–13

List of Human Rights Grants Scheme projects 2012–13 [PDF 177kb]

List of Human Rights Grants Scheme projects 2012–13 [Word 43kb]

About the Human Rights Grants Scheme

The Human Rights Grants Scheme provides grant funding to non-government organisations and human rights institutions based or operating in developing countries to promote and protect human rights in direct and tangible ways.

Grants are awarded to projects that achieve one or more of the following objectives:

  • prevent or end gross human rights violations
  • promote positive change in policies or actions of government or relevant non-state actors in the area of human rights
  • monitor, seek redress for and/or report on human rights violations, including supporting victims of human rights abuses
  • educate and/or train human rights victims, workers or defenders
  • promote observance and implementation of international human rights standards
  • promote and strengthen national or regional human rights institutions or mechanisms.

Human Rights Grants Scheme Expert Panel

The Human Rights Grants Scheme is overseen by an independent panel of eight Australian human rights experts. The Panel was appointed in 2009 to make funding recommendations to the Minister for Foreign Affairs. The Panel contributes an invaluable wealth of experience and knowledge to the grants selection process and ensures that funding is provided in areas with the greatest need. 

Expert Panel Members        

Successful Human Rights Grants Scheme projects in previous years

2011–12

List of Human Rights Grants Scheme projects 2011–12 [PDF 57 kb]

List of Human Rights Grants Scheme projects 2011–12 [Word 102 kb]

2010–11

Human Rights Grants Scheme: Successful Projects 2010–11 [PDF 93kb]

Human Rights Grants Scheme: Successful Projects 2010–11 [Word 77kb]

2009–10

Human Rights Grants Scheme: Successful Projects 2009–10 [PDF 53kb]

Human Rights Grants Scheme: Successful Projects 2009–10 [Word 109kb]

2008–09

Human Rights Grants Scheme: Successful Projects 2008–09 [PDF 32kb]

Human Rights Grants Scheme: Successful Projects 2008–09 [Word 70kb]

2007–08

Human Rights Grants Scheme: Successful Projects 2007–08 [PDF 30kb]

Human Rights Grants Scheme: Successful Projects 2007–08 [Word 92kb]

 

Last reviewed: 4 November, 2013