GRATA FUND

People Powered Justice

Grata Fund


Our movement supports people to access the courts to protect and advance the rights and freedoms of everyone. 

The Grata Community does this by chipping in to remove the enormous financial barriers to court and by supporting people to integrate litigation with strategic movement-driven campaigns.

By holding decision-makers accountable in court and pushing back against unfairness, our movement can relieve hardship for millions of Australians.

We’re inspired by game-changing court cases that have disrupted unjust laws around the world. We believe the time has come for Australians to get their day in court too.

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How we make it happen

We Unite.

We Unite.


We unite our movement of bold lawyers, expert activists and brave champions willing to take unfairness on in court

We Pinpoint.

We Pinpoint.


We work with the Australian community to pinpoint vital legal cases that protect or advance rights and freedoms

We Fund.

We Fund.


Our community chips in to fund expensive litigation costs and unlock the power of the court

 


We’re inspired by game changing court cases that have disrupted unjust laws around the world. We think it's time Australians were empowered to bring important litigation too.

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US citizens came together to defeat Trump's Muslim Ban in court

 “Our courts today worked as they should: as bulwarks against government abuse", said the ACLU's Executive Director on the win.


 

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Dutch people held their Government accountable for their failures on climate change.

“States are meant to protect their citizens, and if politicians will not do this of their own accord, then the courts are there to help”, said Marjan Minnesma of Urgenda, who coordinated the challenge.

For the first time, citizens held their government accountable failing to keep them safe from climate change. The court ruled that the Dutch government must reduce emissions by 25% by the end of 2020.


 

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The LGBTIQ movement was victorious in their fight for marriage equality in the Supreme Court

The most important American civil rights case in a generation declared same-sex marriage legal across the United States. The victory followed years of collaboration between equality activists, lawyers and couples seeking the right to be married and was celebrated around the world as a victory for love.


 

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We can’t do it without you.

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Strategic litigation is increasingly becoming a powerful tool for social change in Australia, and with your help we’ve been able to grow our capacity to fund cases that are already having an impact.

$25 can help us to print important documents for court

$50 can help us to pay for court filing fees

$100 can help us to pay for witness expenses to provide evidence in court

$500 can help us to fund expert lawyers to develop winning public interest cases

$1,500 can help us to support affected communities to have the facts heard and tell their stories in court

$3,000 can help us to fund the procurement of expert scientific evidence

If you’d like to invest in long term change you can make a regular contribution to Grata fund. Click here to become a Justice Defender.


Our Work

In a time when our democratic freedoms, human rights, and the environment are under threat from those who are meant to protect them, it’s critical Australians can access the courts and collectively hold governments and corporate leaders accountable for their actions. 

The Grata Community has supported:

  • the remote community of Santa Teresa to tackle racist housing policies in the NT,
  • disability advocates to take on the Commonwealth Bank on over discriminatory technology,
  • members of the Wangan and Jagalingou community to take on the Adani Charmichael mine through the courts, and
  • Historian Prof Jenny Hocking to challenge the National Archives' decision to deny the public access to the letters between Sir John Kerr and the Queen.

We've got big plans and your donation to Grata will help us to: 

  • provide urgent litigation funding to more First Nations people who are tackling police brutality and prison inequity in court.
  • challenges draconian anti-dissent laws that criminalise journalists, charities, and people like you for speaking out.  
  • support communities suffering the impacts of climate change to hold governments accountable for the harms caused in a landmark legal challenge.

We know the financial barriers to justice are real and we need your help to make our plans a reality. That’s why we need you to join the movement and chip and make a tax deductible donation to help us get these landmark cases to the courts.