Opportunity Overview

Climate Action Network Australia (CANA)

The Small Grants Program builds the capacity of the Australian Climate Movement to win on climate action. It does this by providing small amounts of funding to projects that enable diverse communities to lead on, participate in and speak for action on climate change. The program prioritises organisations and projects with a climate justice approach to their work.

The program recognises the leadership and agency of First Nations and Pasifika climate custodians and their crucial work on climate justice. This round has two pools of funds dedicated to supporting First Nations and Pasifika climate projects.

Scroll down for information about the grant criteria, application process and resources to support your application.

Definition of Climate Justice

Climate Justice is climate action that prioritises fair and just outcomes for people and communities most affected by the impacts of climate change. This includes but is not limited to: First Nations People, People of Colour, migrant communities, people living with disabilities, children, young adults, low paid workers, workers in fossil fuel and other transition industries and people living in areas prone to climate disaster.

Climate Justice recognises the right for affected communities to speak for, and represent themselves, to contribute to decision-making processes and freely make choices that impact their lives, culture and biodiversity.

The Grant

Individual grant amounts range from $500 – $10,000. In your application you will be asked how much money you are seeking from this grant. The number of grants awarded each round differs.


The program prioritises organisations and projects with a climate justice approach to their work. You can read more about what climate justice means above.

  • Led by diverse communities: The organisation or project seeking funding is led by diverse communities across Australia who are most impacted by climate change. For example:

    • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities

    • Pasifika communities

    • People of Colour

    • Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities

    • People living with disabilities

    • Youth (below the age of 35)

    • Rural and regional communities

    • Groups based in areas that don’t regularly receive climate funding

  • Builds new relationships: The project seeking funding builds new relationships in communities most impacted by climate change. This includes consideration for the number of times recipients have received CANA small grants previously.

  • Builds capacity: The group or project seeking funding builds the capacity of a community that is most affected by climate change to take action on climate change and advocate for solutions that work for them.

  • Suitability: The group or project seeking funding are the right people to undertake and deliver the work with demonstrated relationships and trust within the community they are working in.

  • Impact: The group or project will have a positive impact and demonstrates clear outcomes for creating climate solutions.

We experience a large volume of applications and while we wish we could support all projects we’re not always able to fund every project that meets all the selection criteria.


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