Grants

The Sunrise Project raises funds from people and organisations who share our mission. We re-grant a large portion of these funds to other non-government organisations and community groups in line with our charitable objectives.

We work in close partnership with both funders and grantees and, as such, we generally don’t accept unsolicited grant proposals. However, we’re constantly on the look out for good ideas and new partnerships. So if you’re working on issues that closely align with our programs and you think there is an opportunity for us to work together, please get in touch: [email protected]project.org.au.

Australian small grants program

In Australia, we have an open application process for small grants (up to AUD $5,000) for community groups working to hasten the transition from fossil fuels to clean, renewable energy or to protect Australia’s ecosystems from the negative impacts of the coal and gas industries. 

This small grants fund, known as the Peter Gray Community Action Fund, is supported by a range of funders and is named after Australian grassroots climate activist Peter Gray.

Eligibility: Not-for-profit organisations with a purpose consistent with the purpose of The Sunrise Project.  In most cases we grant to income tax exempt non-profits but there are exceptions for certain circumstances so send us a quick email if you’d like to understand more.  (Note: DGR status is NOT required). 

Priorities: Our priority is to support grant proposals that aim to:

  • Drive the shift to renewable energy and/or keep fossil fuels in the ground; 
  • Help build the capacity of community groups for the longer term; 
  • Support small community groups that do not have other funding options; and 
  • Can demonstrate a clear strategy that will result in real-world outcomes. 

How to apply: If your idea clearly fits into the above priorities then please complete this application form (or pdf form available here) and email it to [email protected]. If you’re not sure if your idea fits the criteria, send us a quick email with a rough outline of your thinking and we’ll let you know if it is the right ballpark so you don’t waste time on a full application if it isn’t going to fit.

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Investigative journalism

The Sunrise Project is looking to fund freelance investigative journalists to conduct medium- to long-term investigations into private financial institutions’ role in driving the climate crisis.

We welcome all pitches exploring private financial institutions’ and financial regulators’ (in)action on fossil fuels (and clean energy) including impacts on Indigenous and other marginalised communities.

TSP has a particular focus on the following finance sectors/products:

  • Banks
  • Asset managers
  • Bonds
  • Asset owners
  • Insurance companies
  • Private equity
  • Central banks and regulators

How to apply

Submit all questions and responses to [email protected] by 23 February, 2023. In the response, you should set out:

  1. Your story idea(s)
  2. A rough project timeline
  3. A budget including costs and expenses
  4. A summary of your relevant experience, e.g. CV/resume and/or bio
  5. Previous samples of published work
  6. An expression of interest from an editor as part of the application

Selection will be based on the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated experience conducting high-impact investigations 
  • Experience/interest covering climate change
  • Experience/interest covering – and gaining contacts within – financial institutions
  • Strong relationships with editors at relevant publications
  • Commitment to racial and climate justice
  • Value for budget
  • Potential impact of the story