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Activism Fund

    Get funding for your innovative activism project!

    Amnesty International (Canada) has established a fund to allow those interested in promoting and defending human rights direct access to monies to support new, innovative, creative initiatives. This fund's purpose is to support the building of strong and vibrant activism in key areas:

    • innovative activities that educate and mobilize the public about the Branch's human rights priorities
    • stimulating Amnesty International supporters’ activity with a new form of activism
    • increased communication and/or collaboration of members and supporters
    • deepening activism on a current Branch priority country or theme
    • providing opportunities for members/supporters to learn about current human rights issues and build their skills as activists

    We are open to considering a range of ideas, with emphasis on piloting new approaches. Examples of activities the fund could support include:

    • organizing a regional meeting of members and supporters to come together to network, learn, and share experiences
    • bringing in trainers to educate and inspire our members about an upcoming human rights campaign
    • providing an on-line skills share session for Amnesty members from different regions
    • bringing together Amnesty activists who share common challenges to explore solutions –such as dealing with the cost and isolation of members living in Northern Canada  or working with a diaspora community
    • organizing a human rights tour of rural areas in a province.  At each stop, setting up our Amnesty displays, showing a human rights film, and promoting Amnesty to people who don’t normally hear about Amnesty.
    • hosting a human rights learning activity in partnership with other organization

    Download Application Form

     

    Who can apply?

    Anyone within the Branch - individuals, local action circles, community groups or networks.

    How are applications made?

    To apply for funds a fully completed application form must be emailed to Aden Seaton (aseaton@amnesty.ca). Be sure to include the budget.
    Responses to requests will be provided within 3 weeks of the application deadlines.
    Applications will be reviewed as they come. You are advised to check before developing applications late in the year to ensure that monies remain to support activities.

    How are applications assessed?

    Proposals will be assessed by a 3-person committee comprised of two Members of the Branch and one Staff member from the national office.  The Committee can also provide assistance to groups and individuals applying in a number of ways:  helping members form ideas more fully, working to develop a realistic budget, combining ideas where appropriate and ensuring ideas are shared across the Branch.

    More information

    If you would like to discuss your ideas, please contact aseaton@amnesty.ca. She will put you in touch with the most appropriate Committee member or activist or staff member in Amnesty International to work with you in developing your thoughts.