Australian Embassy Funding for NGOs

The Australian Embassies have several funding opportunities for NGOs worldwide. In fact, the Australian Embassies are in charge of the coordination and allocation of fund given by the Australian Foreign Ministry and the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAid). As such, your local Australian Embassy will assess the applications for all these funding schemes.

The Australian Foreign Ministry sponsors initiatives promoting Australia’s international political, economic, trade, and security objectives. In particular, the Australian International Cultural Council (AICC) is in charge of developing overseas projects promoting the understanding of arts and culture. From 2013, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade leads major cultural promotions through the Australian International Cultural Council in Vietnam (2013), Indonesia (2014), Turkey (2015) and Brazil (2016). If your NGO works in the cultural sector, consider that a call for proposals for initiatives matching the purposes and scope of the International Cultural Council and to be presented in Indonesia is now open. For more information and guidelines visit this link.

AusAid gives assistance to developing countries through a number Small Grants Programme such as:

  1. The Direct Aid Programme for the development of activities willing to alleviating basic humanitarian hardships
  2.  The Australian Community Grant Scheme to support community-based activities
  3. The AusAid-NGO Cooperation Programme to subside Australian NGO community development activities that tangibly alleviate poverty
  4. The Human Rights Grant Scheme to sponsor NGOs and Human Rights Institutions to promote and protect human rights

Further, AusAid offers technical support and assistance to projects that could benefit from Australian expertise and experience. For instance, AusAid in Zimbabwe established the ‘Partnering with People’ Initiative to contribute to the development of water and sanitation, agriculture, education, and the promotion of economic growth.

Specific fund for NGOs are also advertised through the Direct Aid Programme (DAP), which is also administered by your local Australian Embassy and support projects with a developmental outcome consistent with the international relations and public diplomacy objectives of the Embassy. In general, priority areas of intervention are community health, education, small-scale infrastructures, sanitation, rural development, environmental development, gender equality, training activities, and cultural and sporting initiatives. You should contact your local Australian Embassy to access information regarding existing deadlines and application procedures. Through your local Embassy website you could also assess rationale and outcomes of recently funded projects to get an idea of the activities sponsored. For instance, DAP supported the construction of a greenhouse, a community garden, and a women’s group sewing machine project in Tonga. In Lebanon, DAP funded the purchase of kitchen equipment for Kouni Anti; an NGO that provided vocational training for women aiming to enhance their role in Lebanese society by producing organic food and beverages on a small scale.

A list of Australian embassies is listed at http://www.dfat.gov.au/missions/

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