WELA Giving Circle Small Grants Program: Project Information & Voting Page

Voting Period has been extended to 5pm AEST Sunday 1st October 2023

Over 100 Founding Members have joined alongside you, and our first Small Grant round opened last month. We put out the call for impactful, cutting-edge environmental and climate advocacy, campaigns, and projects led by women and/or gender-diverse people. We received 24 fantastic grant applications, and a committee of volunteer members like you has whittled it down to the shortlisted 9.  We have a pool of $20,000 for this grant round and we are hoping to give 3-4 grants. Our second grant round will be in February 2024.

As a Giving Circle member, your voice plays a crucial role in deciding the projects that will receive funding to support women’s environmental and climate action. 

Here’s what you need to do by 5pm Sunday 1st October!

  1. Review the Granting Framework: you can find the framework here.

  2. Explore the Grant Applications below: scroll down to discover the remarkable projects submitted for consideration. The applications are also linked here for those who want a deep dive.

  3. Then go to the voting form to rank the projects: Click on the button below which will take you to a form where you will rank the projects that resonate with you and align with our mission. 

NOTE: Voting on Giving Circle Small Grants is OPEN TO GIVING CIRCLE MEMBERS ONLY. If you are keen to take part but aren’t a member yet, then you can join up here. It isn’t too late!

The Nine Shortlisted Projects

If you’d like to take a deep dive into the applications here they are collated for you!

Download the FULL APPLICATIONS here

Seed is hosting a 2-day regional training camp in Western Australia in October for 15-20 First Nations young people as part of a national series. These camps are unique and transformative experiences, as they are run by and for First Nations young people to build transferable skills across leadership, communication, organising, and campaigning as well as crafting plans to take collective action.

Volunteers will take part in peer-led workshops, and discussions and hear from speakers. They will learn how to maintain a local Seed group, have a relational and intentional conversation about climate justice, and campaign strategically; and will then be funnelled into our campaign to protect the Kimberley from dangerous fracking in the Canning Basin.

Website: https://www.seedmob.org.au/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/seedmob/

We want to tell good stories, so people can see the positive impacts renewable energy projects can make in communities. Large-scale renewables projects are essential to our transition to a more sustainable future, but the media often portrays stories of conflict in communities asked to host them. Conflict threatens to undermine our ability to meet our renewables targets. Community Power Agency seeks to expand our work with First Nations representatives to tell their stories of working in partnership with project developers to deliver culturally and environmentally enriching outcomes. This communications campaign will share good news stories and practice notes to highlight how renewable energy projects can be done well.

Website: https://cpagency.org.au
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CommunityPowerAgency/

Food Connect Foundation and Humanize Media are partnering to host an Indigenous-conceived and curated event on Indigenous food practices in South East Queensland. Aboriginal food sovereignty, the native food industry, and the cultural significance of food, plants, medicines, and cultivation practices will be explored by a panel of invited female speakers, followed by a seasonal dinner shared with participants, featuring the best native ingredients from our region. The event will connect with and give a platform to mob who are maintaining and reviving these cultural practices across the country and be presented through a lens of empowerment.

Website: http://www.foodconnectfoundation.org.au/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FoodConnectFoundation/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/foodconnectfoundation/

Our Better Buses campaign is building strong, diverse alliances in Melbourne’s West to grow an intersectional movement for equitable transport. We organise with CALD communities, people living in varying socioeconomic circumstances, and disability advocates who understand the intersecting social equity impacts of climate change. We assist communities in assessing the benefits of a fundamental re-organisation of bus services, activate people facing transport disadvantage to increase demand for these much needed reforms, and influence policy change. By fostering community-led alliances, & building strong, strategic campaigns that utilise lived experience as a strength, we ensure that access to public transport reflects community demands.

Website: https://www.melbournefoe.org.au
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/foemelbourne
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/foemelbourne/

This project will help to develop new partnerships with Traditional Owner Groups, to further facilitate cultural and healing practices on Country. This project will build on the partnership between Mount-Korong Eco-Watch and Dja Dja Wurrung, to teach landcare volunteers about Djaara women’s farming practices. Landcare volunteers are interested to know more about cultural burning and other traditional land management practices, such as the use of digging sticks. The Victorian Landcare Forum, to be held on 8-10 May 2024 in Bendigo, provides an excellent opportunity for respectful collaboration with the Djaara women via a workshop and local site visit. Leadership in building resilient communities is an important function of Landcare Victoria.

Website: https://www.landcarevictoria.org.au
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/landcarevictoria
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/landcarevic/

We aim to bring together a diverse range of stakeholders from the Western Port region to collectively campaign for the development of a strategic framework. This framework will serve as a roadmap for sustainable development, conservation, and environmental protection in the Western Port area. Several projects (i.e. airports, hydrogen export terminal, offshore wind) have been proposed for development in the region. A strategic framework for Western Port would establish official channels for project evaluation, whilst implementing safeguards to ensure the environment is accounted for in proposals. The event is being organised by women employed by the Western Port Biosphere Foundation and the Victorian National Parks Association.

Website: https://www.biosphere.org.au
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/westernportbiosphere/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/westernport_biosphere/

This summer is predicted to be our hottest since the devastating 2019 bushfires. It is a critical time to push politicians to treat heat as the public health emergency it is. We will amplify the stories of people living in hot homes and suburbs to tell the true story of heatwaves in a way that can’t be ignored. We will hire a part-time communications staff member to work with community spokespeople and transform powerful stories into persuasive messages by:

– Supporting 10 women or gender diverse people to become community spokespeople and share stories of extreme heat to be published and shared on social media – Giving one-on-one and group support for people to be confident speaking to media
– Develop and pitch stories centred on lived-experience

Website: www.swelteringcities.org
Facebook: https://www.instagram.com/swelteringcities/
Instagram: https://www.facebook.com/swelteringcities

Our Rural and Regional Program aims to engage, empower and mobilise veterinary professionals in rural and regional areas to become climate champions and trusted advisors on climate change policy. These champions advocate for climate action within their communities, and also directly with their local MPs. As a result, MPs see climate change as a key issue for their constituents, acknowledging the connection between climate change and the health and welfare of both animals and humans, as well as the economic well-being of their regions, and cease blocking climate action. This grant application is for an intensive, one-week rollout of the pilot stage of this program in one of the federal electorates of Page, in NSW.

Website: https://www.vfca.org.au
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VetsforClimateAction
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/vetsforclimateaction/

The Women’s Climate Congress Charter for Change evolved over 3 years with the contribution of thousands of women to encapsulate a new vision of leadership and a framework for climate action and social change. We are taking the Charter on a “Roadshow” into communities around the country. At the invitation of a local group, we will meet with local women to hold a circle conversation around the Charter to inspire action in the light of local needs. Wherever possible, a local councillor or other key decision-maker attends. The conversation is followed by a letter to local, state, and federal representatives highlighting the matters raised during the discussion.

Website: https://womensclimatecongress.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2504097469905787
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/womensclimatecongress/