Amnesty International Indigenous Rights and the Human Rights Innovation Fund 2017

Amnesty International Indigenous Rights and the Human Rights Innovation Fund 2017

Deadline: November 30, 2017

Amnesty International, through the Human Rights Innovation Fund will provide at least one grant each year to Indigenous organisations working to end youth incarceration. In June 2015, Amnesty International Australia launched the report A Brighter Tomorrow: Keeping Indigenous kids in the community and out of detention in Australia. Indigenous youth detention in Australia is a national crisis – Indigenous young people are 26 more times more likely to be in detention than non-Indigenous young people. Western Australia detains Indigenous children at 53 times the rate of their non-Indigenous peers.

Amnesty will be working over the coming years to ensure a brighter tomorrow for Indigenous kids. The report makes comprehensive, practical recommendations to government on how to reduce the rate of Indigenous youth incarceration and make communities safer. It also examines the innovative Indigenous-led prevention and diversion programs that are achieving impressive results.

Your proposal could involve remote or urban communities, it could complement or be an element of an early intervention, prevention or diversionary program, or it could be an event or activity that supports the campaign. Amnesty encourages Indigenous ‘stakeholders’ to develop creative interesting, positive initiatives that will help keep kids out of detention and in the community where they belong.


  • The Human Rights Innovation Fund for Indigenous Youth Justice initiatives is open to Indigenous-led and directed organisations in Australia only;
  • Projects must have a demonstrable human rights impact in that it supports the aim of Amnesty’s Indigenous Youth Justice campaign;
  • Projects must be an Indigenous-led and designed initiative;
  • Projects must be achievable within the funding available (maximum $8,000);
  • Smaller projects, even very small, are very welcome;
  • Projects must be completed within one year of the project’s start date;
  • Amnesty International Australia cannot pay wages. If wages form part of your project budget, you will need to be an employer or the person(s) to be paid will need to have an ABN;
  • Successful applicants will be required to submit a short project report/evaluation within two months of the completion of the project.


To apply, download and complete the application form and email it to Naomi Vaughan at [email protected] by the closing date.

For more information, visit Indigenous Rights and the Human Rights Innovation Fund.