The Australian Embassy is pleased to announce the applications for the Small Grants Program 2021-2022 to fund small value, low risk and high-impact development activities that complement Australia’s development cooperation program in Laos.
The expected outcome of the Program is to reduce poverty and support small-scale sustainable development activities in Laos.
- The maximum grant amount is AUD 50,000. There is no minimum grant amount.
- The maximum grant period is 12 months. Your activity must be completed within 12 months of starting the activity unless otherwise stated in the grant agreement.
- In most cases the grant will be paid in a single upfront payment and the activity must commence within two months of payment being made.
What Can the Grant Money be Used For?
- You can only spend grant funds on eligible grant activities as defined in the grant details in your grant agreement. Activities can include a broad range of topics and associated expenses, including but not limited to support for community health, schools and education, small-scale infrastructure, activities promoting women’s empowerment, indigenous groups and vulnerable minority groups (including people with disabilities), governance, human rights, the environment and proposals with a strong advocacy component.
- To be eligible you must:
- be an organisation or business group legally registered in Laos; or
- partner with an organisation or business group legally registered in Laos; And
- The activity must be implemented fully in Laos.
What The Grant Money Cannot Be Used For?
Grants are not provided for:
- purchase of land,
- major capital expenditure,
- the covering of retrospective costs,
- costs incurred in the preparation of a grant application or related documentation,
- subsidy of general ongoing administration of an organisation such as electricity, phone and rent,
- major construction/capital works,
- overseas travel (unless there is a good justification as to how this directly supports development in Laos), and
- activities that present a high child protection risk (e.g. orphanages or residential care services for minors or other vulnerable groups).
For more information, visit https://laos.embassy.gov.au/vtan/direct_aid.html