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Rapid Response Referendum Grants Pool

Voices for Impact project

Raised $313,000

Raised $313,000

Pooling our resources to elevate First Nations voices

Australian Communities Foundation has launched the Rapid Response Referendum Grant Round to support community groups and organisations all over the country mobilising around different aspects of the campaign.

Recognising the unique role we can play with our capacity for quick and effective grant-making, we have launched the Grants Pool to complement the Capacity Fund led by Australians for Indigenous Constitutional Recognition.

Our established infrastructure and processes enables us to get resources out quickly in response to immediate need and fill gaps as they arise throughout the campaign.

Small grants ($5,000 – $10,000) are being provided to support local efforts that elevate First Nations voices and enable accessibility of information and resources about Voice, Treaty, Truth and the Referendum for all communities.

Our First Nations Advisory Group will develop a simple and culturally appropriate application process, including clear guidelines and a transparent decision-making framework.


By contributing to the Grants Pool, your support will mean funds can be quickly distributed as needed to support local efforts elevating First Nations voices in the lead-up to the Referendum.

Contribute to the Referendum Grants Pool

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Grant highlights

Willum Warrain Aboriginal Gathering Place

“We have been promoting understanding and awareness of the pro-Voice case on the Mornington Peninsula for the last 8 months. The Rapid Response grant has enabled us to redouble our efforts in the crucial lead-up to the Referendum.”

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Orange Local Aboriginal Land Council

“The grant has given us the confidence to proceed with our campaign activities… We’ve had great feedback from participants and the information sessions have been a great way of tapping into community support for other aspects of the campaign.”

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Yes23 Community Facilitators Network

“Support from the ACF Rapid Response Grant Round has enabled us to reach more people. Our Referendum education sessions provide information in relevant languages and in a culturally respectful manner to people who would normally find information on the Referendum difficult to access.”

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Kol Halev: Jewish Voice for Yes 

“With the quick turnaround from the Rapid Response Round, we were able to employ a Community Organiser, lock in our large launch events, and start planning a range of more targeted events throughout our community in support of a Yes vote.”

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Community Voices Say Yes on TV

Working in partnership with First Nations community media organisations, Channel 31 is developing a community television campaign in support of Voice.

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Voices for Impact
Other partners

Yes Campaign


In the lead-up to the Referendum, Australians for Indigenous Constitutional Recognition is enabling all Australians to be a part of this historic opportunity through a national campaign: Yes 23.

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2023 First Nations Voice Campaign


The Uluru Dialogue is a group of First Nations leaders across Australia continuing to carry the cultural authority and the mandate of the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

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Passing the Message Stick


As we approach the Referendum, Passing the Message Stick is shifting public narrative in support of First Nations justice and self-determination.

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Contact us

Got a question or want to discuss how you can support the Grants Pool? Contact the team.