The following kinds of projects may be funded by the Citizen Advocacy Trust.
- Grants to assist in starting a new Citizen Advocacy Program
- Grants to existing local Citizen Advocacy offices to cover part of their operating budgets and especially to programs that are well run but financially precarious;
- Special projects, learning innovations and training for individuals and programs wanting to learn more about Citizen Advocacy;
- International travel for to study Citizen Advocacy being conducted in high quality programs;
- Activities that enhances the practice of Citizen Advocacy, such as tools to assess the quality of Citizen Advocacy programs, or publications and periodicals devoted primarily to enriching Citizen Advocacy practice and relationships.
Some examples of past grants are:
- To conduct Citizen Advocacy evaluation (CAPE) of a program
- Funding to keep a program open
- Training initiatives that enhance coordinator practice and deepen their understanding of excellence in Citizen Advocacy practice. The Trust will provide an annual grant of $1000 for this activity, subject to available funds.
- Network meetings between coordinators to share and encourage ongoing training and development. The Trust will provide an annual grant of $1000 for this activity, subject to funds.
Things the Trust would like to provide grants for are:
- Evaluation of programs, especially those that have not received an evaluation for many years
- Australian and international study
- Projects that reach new proteges
- New programs
Here is a Ewan’s Report on CAPE at North Quabbin CA – March 2016 from Ewan Filmer, Coordinator of the Capricorn Citizen Advocacy Program in Rockhampton QLD of his trip to the USA partly supported from a grant from the Citizen Advocacy Trust of Australia. this report reflects the kinds of benefits that can occur when funds are applied effectively to the right kinds of efforts.