The Australian High Commission in the Solomon Islands has announced that Australia's Human Rights Grants Scheme (HRGS) 2011-12 is now open for applications.

"The Australian High Commission is committed to working with Solomon Islands' organisations to promote human rights," said Acting High Commissioner, Dr Dave Peebles.

"Solomon Islands' organisations have successfully raised awareness about human rights, with funding support from the Australian High Commission.

"Australia and Solomon Islands are committed to realising the ideals of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

"Australia's Human Rights Grant Scheme aims to provide funding to build the capacity of organisations which promote and protect human rights in direct and tangible ways," said Dr Peebles.

To be eligible for funding, applicants must be based and operating in Solomon Islands and working to promote and protect human rights. One grant of between SBD 156,000 and 780,000, depending on project requirements, will be awarded to the successful organisation.

However, before submitting an application, organisations should first contact Kereta Sanga at the Australian High Commission (21561) to discuss proposed activities. Applications close on 14 October.

Guidelines and forms can be accessed online at or collected from the Australian High Commission.

Source: Press Release, Australian High Commission, Solomon Islands