The Peter Gray Community Action Fund

Grants up to $5,000
Applications accepted Australia wide
Available to groups
Groups must have TCC status

The Sunrise Project is proud to be able to provide grants to community groups who are working to protect Australia’s natural assets and the global climate from the destructive impacts of the expansion of the fossil fuel industry.

The Peter Gray Community Action Fund was established in January 2013 to provide small grants to community groups in line with The Sunrise Project vision and mission.

The fund is named after Peter Gray, an inspiring young activist from Newcastle in the Hunter Valley, who sadly passed away in 2011 following a battle with cancer. He is renowned for the landmark legal case Gray vs (NSW) Minister for Planning in which he successfully argued that the NSW Government needed to consider the greenhouse impacts of burning the coal from the proposed Anvil Hill mine in the Hunter Valley. Peter was a passionate grassroots campaigner for the protection of forests and for action on climate change and was an inspiration to many. His memory embodies the spirit and passion of communities all over Australia who are standing up to protect the places they love.

Our aim is to build a long-term endowment so that the fund can exist in perpetuity; however, at this stage we are effectively re-granting funds from a number of philanthropists and Foundations who support our work and share our concerns over the future of Australian farmland, groundwater, the Great Barrier Reef and the global climate.

Eligibility and Fund Priorities

Applications will only be accepted for projects that are in line with the vision, mission and principles of The Sunrise Project, and which focus on protecting our land, water, community health and the global climate from the negative impacts of the fossil fuel industry.

Applications will be accepted for grants up to a maximum of $5,000.

We will prioritise support for projects that:

  • are collaborative in nature and can demonstrate widespread community support;
  • help to build the capacity of community groups for the longer term;
  • support small community groups that do not have other funding options;
  • can demonstrate a clear strategy that will result in real world outcomes.

Our current priority is to support groups in NSW and Queensland however we will consider projects in other states.

Applicants must be non-profit community groups operating in Australia that are income tax exempt under the Income Tax Assessment Act (1997).
Application process.

We will not accept unsolicited requests for funding that do not meet the eligibility conditions outlined above.

If you would like to apply for a grant from the Fund, please complete this application form on the website link below and email it to If you would like to run your idea past us first, please send us a short email with your phone number and we’ll call you for a chat about it.

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