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The ICMEC Australia Child Protection Fund will provide grants and investments to data and technology-driven approaches that reduce and prevent sexual exploitation of children.

Round One of applications to the Fund opened on 25 July 2022. Applications are due on 19 September 2022, and criteria for proposals can be found here.

We know that child sexual assault crimes often leave a digital footprint, and there are pieces of evidence and siloed information across several platforms. We also know there are significant holes and gaps in this information and data, and offenders rapidly change their tactics. Our role is to support ideas and innovations that overcome these gaps, and deliver better analytics and predictive models to reduce and prevent harm to children.

We recognise we don’t have all the answers. Solutions to this complex problem will require a diverse range of skills, innovation, and collaboration.

Over the next four years, the Child Protection Fund will be sponsoring initiatives based on two criteria:

1. ‘The what:’ Programs must seek to deliver ICMEC Australia’s targeted outcomes of supporting more effective detection, reporting, and prosecution of child sexual abuse.

2. ‘The how:’ Programs must be data-driven or improve the quality and/or usefulness of data and technology approaches.

We are not a traditional grants fund. The types of investments we make can be broad. We might support initiatives like academic research aligned to the goals above, or we equally could provide an impact investment into a technology venture. Our grants will be combined with non-monetary assistance, for instance through technical advice, mentoring, networking, and a forum for support across our grantees.

Our only condition is that we cannot support anything which is commercially viable or could be funded by the mainstream market. We applaud and support these solutions, they just don’t need our assistance.

The first round for applications to the Fund opened on 25 July 2022. Criteria for proposals are included below, and applications are due on 19 September 2022. 

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Round One Criteria for Applications

 

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