Social Justice Small Grants

Up to $10,000 is available from Social Justice Small Grants to help create structural change and bring about greater social justice in Australia.

Social Justice Small Grants

Social Justice Small Grants

The Mercy Foundation’s Social Justice Small Grants Program provides seed funding to assist communities and organisations to build capacity that will help create structural change and bring about greater social justice in Australia. The Mercy Foundation seeks to create greater social equity and inclusion in the Australian community.

Each year, the program will have a particular focus on, although not limited to, a specific social justice issue. The focus is based on the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Social Justice Statement for 2017-18. For more information visit



Funding under this program ranges between $1,000 to $10,000 per organisation.


Eligible Projects

The following criteria will be used to assess small grant applications:

  • Innovative projects that require seed funding to increase social equity and inclusion and challenge unjust structures and systems will be prioritised. The focus for 2018 is on projects that help develop an inclusive and sustainable economy. Australia has realized great benefits of economic growth over recent decades. However, not all have shared in the prosperity of the nation. This year, we are prioritizing projects that help build an inclusive economy founded on justice and offers dignity and inclusion to every person.
  • Projects that address other social justice areas may also be submitted for consideration.
  • The Mercy Foundation prioritises projects that target disadvantaged women and/or women with children, regardless of the annual social justice focus issue.
  • Applications are accepted for projects that are run wholly within Australia, by community based groups or organisations based in Australia.
  • Organisations applying for funds must be a legal entity (or auspiced by a legal entity), not-for-profit and therefore exempt from income tax, but are not required to have Deductible Gift Recipient status.
  • Small to medium organisations with a turnover of less than $500,000 with limited access to other funding sources are prioritised.

Other considerations:

  1. The objective of the project must be clear and measurable.
  2. Organisations must demonstrate capacity to implement and manage the project.
  3. Organisations need to explain how a project will continue if the key person (who might be a board member, staff member or volunteer organiser) leaves the project while it is still being implemented.
  4. The application should include how the project will be evaluated and what developments or future actions will come from the project.
  5. Applications require the completion of the appropriate application form and a brief description of the organisation and an annual report or similar document to substantiate the organisation’s status.
  6. Applicants must provide referees who can vouch for the organisation’s competencies and the project’s viability.

The small grants applications will be assessed and prioritised for funding according to the above criteria, with consideration given to ensuring there is a fair representation of projects from different states across Australia.


Eligible Applicants

The Social Justice Small Grants program is only available to NOT FOR PROFIT organisations. This program does not fund individuals or for-profit organisations. If the applicant has no legal status, an agency that does have legal status (non profit) can be asked to auspice the project and hold any grant monies on behalf of the applicant.

Priority will be given to small organisations and those groups that receive no other funding. The Social Justice Small Grants Program funds projects within Australia only.



Applications close 19 March 2018.


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