Deadline: 10 September 2019
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is seeking applications for the Round 2 of its “Australian Aid: Friendship Grants” program that aims to bring a new and diverse group of partners from across Australia to contribute to the delivery of Australia’s aid program.
The program is providing funding to successful Australian community organisations (ACOs) who are already delivering effective international development work in the Indo-Pacific region. A small percentage of this funding is used by the Department to administer the program.
The Friendship Grants program provides the Australian Government with an opportunity to:
- engage new partners in Australia’s aid program;
- strengthen connections between Australian communities and communities in the Indo-Pacific region; and
- promote the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
The program is designed to support organisations to expand or enhance their existing international development work in the Indo-Pacific region through financially supporting a specific activity within a wider program of work.
Eligible organisations may apply for one-off annual grants of between AUD$30,000 and AUD$60,000 (GST exclusive) to fund a specific Activity that makes up part of an organisation’s longer-term work.
Grants can be used to fund activities of 12 months’ duration and funds must be spent within the specified 12 month duration.
- To be eligible for a Friendship Grant, applicants must be a not-for-profit Australian community organisation or a local government entity that:
- has a proven record in implementing international development work in the country of the proposed Friendship Grant Activity (Location of Activities Funded) demonstrated by;
- documented evidence of:
- an existing relationship(s) with an in-country partner(s); and
- support from an in-country authority.
- Applicant’s organisation must also be:
- a legal entity able to enter into a legally binding agreement;
- where applicable, registered for the purposes of GST;
- permanently located in Australia;
- an Australian bank account holder; and
- able to provide the supporting documentation as outlined in ‘Attachments to the Application’.
- Eligible organisations must be not-for-profit and provide appropriate evidence of their registration with the
- Australian Charities & Not-for-Profits Commission, a state or territory regulator, or the Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations. Organisations registered with a state or territory regulator must be an incorporated association. A fundraising certificate is not sufficient.
- Where the not-for-profit organisation cannot be registered with these entities but is registered with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, they are eligible to apply and must provide evidence of their registration currency and not-for-profit status.
- Local councils are eligible to apply. Should they not be able to be registered with the above entities, they must provide a letter, signed by the Mayor of their council, stating that they are not under administration or investigation by the relevant state or territory government.
- The goal of the Friendship Grants program is to engage a diverse group of Australian community organisations in the delivery of Australian aid in the region.
- The group of successful applicants will include, as far as possible, an overall mix of:
- groups reflecting Australia’s cultural and demographic variety;
- types and sizes of organisations;
- types of Activities being undertaken; and with a
- geographic spread of organisations from across Australia
How to Apply
Applications must be submitted online via given website.
For more information, please visit https://dfat.gov.au/aid/who-we-work-with/friendshipgrants/Pages/default.aspx