The Sunrise Project is a mission-focussed re-granting organisation. We raise funds from donors who share our mission and we then re-grant funds to other non-government organisations and community groups in line with our objectives.

We work closely with both our donors and our grantees as partners and, as such, we generally don’t accept unsolicited grant proposals, but we’re constantly on the look out for good ideas and new partnerships. So if you’re working on issues that closely align with our projects and think there is an opportunity for us to work together, please get in touch (email

Australian small grants program (Peter Gray Community Action Fund)

In Australia, we have an open application process for small grants (up to AUD $5,000) for community groups working to hasten the transition from fossil fuels to clean energy or to protect Australia’s ecosystems from the negative impacts of the coal and gas industries.

Eligibility: Not-for-profit organisations with a purpose consistent with the purpose of The Sunrise Project.  In most cases we grant to income tax exempt non-profits but there are exceptions for certain circumstances so send us a quick email if you’d like to understand more.  (note DGR status is NOT required).

Priorities: Our priority is to support grant proposals that aim to:

  • Drive the shift to renewable energy and/or keep fossil fuels in the ground;
  • Help build the capacity of community groups for the longer term;
  • Support small community groups that do not have other funding options; and
  • Can demonstrate a clear strategy that will result in real-world outcomes.

How to apply: If your idea clearly fits into the above priorities then please complete this application form (or pdf form available here) and email it to If you’re not sure if your idea fits the criteria, send us a quick email with a rough outline of your thinking and we’ll let you know if it is the right ballpark so you don’t waste time on a full application if it isn’t going to fit.

About Peter Gray

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 around the world who are standing up for climate action and to protect the places they love.