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Transforming the Migration System - Grant Round

We are now welcoming expressions of interest from organisations and communities working to transform the immigration system to ensure all migrants, regardless of immigration status, have dignity, power to shape change, and agency to determine the quality of their life, community, and future. 

This funding round seeks to strengthen the capacity of organisations led by, and working with, people of colour who are or have been temporary visa holders, people seeking asylum, and refugees. Tripple recognises that the current migration system is a product of white supremacy and is deeply rooted in racism and colonisation, and that justice for migrant communities is impossible to achieve in the absence of racial justice. 


We invite expressions of interest of no more than 200 words from organisations and communities committed to this important work. We value the work that you are doing more than your ability to complete an application form so we have endeavoured to keep the process as simple and efficient as possible. Click here for the expression of interest form. 

What we're funding:

Initiatives that are led by and working with people of colour who are or have been temporary visa holders, people seeking asylum, and refugees working to transform the immigration system. 


Activities we’re looking to support (your work should include at least one of the numbered activities below):

Advocacy, campaigning and policy change:

  1. Dismantling racist immigration policy including institutional and structural racism. 

  2. Challenging offshore, arbitrary, and indefinite detention or deportation and document abuses, and advocating for policies that provide refuge for those fleeing persecution and violence.

  3. Expanding and fighting for legal rights including safety net benefits and entitlements (such as childcare support, right to work and study, the right to income support, housing, Centrelink, health and mental health access, etc), and workers rights. 

  4. Increasing transparency and efficiency of pathways to permanence.

  5. Influencing government and decision-makers to create policies that affirmatively protect people, and overturn and prevent punitive policies and practices.

  6. Transforming our public institutions to become significant investors in, and champions of, racial and social equity, and supporters of initiatives that address systemic inequalities in our society.

  7. High-impact public interest litigation that benefits large numbers of people, leads to significant law reform, and raises public consciousness about important issues affecting migrant communities of colour, people seeking asylum and refugees.

Strategic communications and shifting the national narrative on migration in Australia:  

  1. Shaping media coverage of immigration to ensure that migrant communities of colour, people seeking asylum, and refugees voices and perspectives are represented fairly and accurately.

  2. Storytelling, messaging research and strengthening positive narratives, public support, and building public will for migration policies that are just and inclusive.

  3. Challenging ideologies, attitudes and movements within the migration system that encourage racism, sexism and xenophobia.

Building grassroots movements and, community and organisational power:

  1. Developing core organisational infrastructure, which can involve capacity-building initiatives, including training, leadership development, and strategic planning.
  2. Community organising, base-building, and leadership development initiatives that help to build sustainable and powerful movements for change.
  3. Alliance building and forging coalitions and collaborations with other migrant and refugee organisations, or with other intersecting movement organisations, to build solidarity and advance shared goals.
  4. Mobilising quickly to respond to a strategic crisis or opportunity within the immigration system. 


  • Activities must primarily take place in Australia and its territories, which includes territories where there are Australian detention centres. 

  • Organisations need to be not-for-profit focused but do not need to be registered on the ACNC.

  • We prefer that organisations are a registered legal entity, however we recognise that in some circumstances that is not possible due to visa status and/or regulatory requirements. If this is the case, please email or call our Philanthropy Lead at 0413065253 to chat through eligibility.

  • Recipients do not need to hold DGR status.

Grant Amounts

The total funding pool available is $150,000. 


The exact grant sizes will be determined based on the applicants, however we expect to grant: 

  • 2-3 grants of $40,000-50,000

  • 1-2 grants of $10,000-20,000


Please consider these amounts when submitting your EOI. The maximum grant amount an organisation can pitch for is $50,000. Each organisation can only apply for one grant. 

We encourage all applicants to factor in wellbeing, safety and sustainability costs in funding requests.


Tripple's guiding principles for this funding round:

  • Strength-based: Tripple supports the creation of projects which utilise community strengths rather than highlighting problems.

  • Self-determination: Tripple centres, trusts, and supports the leadership of directly impacted people, in particular those who are less visible, to lead the refugee, people seeking asylum and migrant justice movement, shape strategy, make decisions, and transform the systems that directly impact their lives. 

  • Racial Justice: Tripple recognises that justice for migrant communities is impossible to achieve in the absence of racial justice. We prioritise support for organisations advocating for systemic change and anti-racist solutions promoting equitable power, access, opportunity, treatment, and outcomes for all people.

  • Inclusion and Equity: Tripple strives to resource the work of the refugee and migrant rights movement more equitably. With the understanding that those closest to the problem are closest to the solution, Tripple structures our grantmaking to be more accessible to communities that have been historically marginalised and underrepresented in decision making processes, including those living at the intersections of multiple identities and compounding oppressions.

  • Solidarity: Tripple prioritises support for collaborative efforts that deepen solidarity and alliances within refugees, people seeking asylum and migrant communities of colour and cross-movement collaboration between partners fighting for immigrant justice, racial justice, disability justice, climate justice, economic justice and other inclusive visions for society.

  • Intersectionality: Tripple knows that layered identities— of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, class, and economic, educational, and professional differences— can make people more vulnerable within the immigration system and society at large. We acknowledge these complexities and seek to understand them to inform thoughtful solutions.

Timeline and application process 

Stage One

If your work aligns with the ‘what we fund’ and eligibility criteria, please submit an expression of interest via the form below. Expressions of interest close at 11:59PM on Sunday 21st May 2023.

Stage Two

If you are shortlisted to stage two we will contact you to organise a 45min meeting in late May-early June to hear more about your work. We prefer to meet with applicants instead of using an application form. If you are not shortlisted we will let you know by the end of June. 

Final decisions will be made in June and donations distributed to those who are successful late June/July.

If you are successful, what happens next? 

  • We send you an agreement letter to sign and make the transfer into your nominated bank account. Once we’ve initiated the transfer it can take up to 6 weeks for funds to reach your bank account.

  • We have a short kick-off meeting to hear from you what success looks like in relation to these funds. This is a chance for us to listen to what’s most important to you. 

  • We have a meeting at the completion of the funding period to share learnings, reflections, impact, challenges, etc.

  • We don’t require written acquittal or progress reports at any stage, although you’re welcome to send us updates about your work if you wish to.


Your data

We will keep your application and information confidential unless we receive explicit permission from you to share publicly. 


If you have any questions or require additional confidentiality please email or call our Philanthropy Lead at 0413065253.

Expression of Interest Form

To apply to be considered for this grant please fill in the Expression of Interest form here

Please note we are currently only accepting expressions of interest for this granting round, however our overarching grantmaking strategy remains to fund systemic change in social, economic or climate justice. If you think your work aligns with this strategy but not this EOI, you can send us an email here

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