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Activism Funding

    Get funding for your activism projects!

    From organizing a Regional Meeting to tabling at your local community fair, Amnesty International can help you with expenses related to your activism work. 

    There are three sources of funding available to support your activism projects. If you are unsure where to apply or have any questions, please write to smaclean@amnesty.ca

    Tabling and Small Events

    Amnesty International activists often need funding for one-time, relatively small costs.

    This funding is intended for amounts up to $500 to cover smaller costs such as event registration, tabling fees, printing costs, and venue rentals for tabling, workshops, or other small events. 

    To apply, please write to smaclean@amnesty.ca

    Regional Meetings

    Regional Meetings are held in provinces across the country as an opportunity for Amnesty International members and supporters to connect and deepen their engagement.

    Funding is available to support your Regional Meeting, particularly in years where there is no large AGM,

    To apply, please write to smaclean@amnesty.ca.  

    Activism Fund

    Amnesty International (Canada) has established a fund to support new, innovative, creative initiatives and 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:

    • 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

    Who can apply?

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

    How are applications made?

    To apply for funds a fully completed application form must be emailed to Thomas Ndayiragije (TNdayiragije@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 smaclean@amnesty.ca