Australia-ASEAN Council Grant

Australian Government: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

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Grant amount: A $250,000 - A $50,000

Deadline: Mar 25, 2020 9:00pm PDT

Applicant type: Nonprofit Government Entity Individuals For-Profit Business College / University

Funding uses: Conference, Education / Outreach, Project / Program, Research

Location of project: Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao People's Democratic Republic Show all

Location of residency: Australia

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Australia-ASEAN Council (AAC) grants generate opportunities for Australian business, education, science and innovation and the arts to work with partners in Southeast Asia.

The AAC's mission is to increase knowledge and promote Australia's interests in Southeast Asia by initiating and supporting activities designed to enhance awareness, understanding and links between people and institutions in Australia and ten Southeast Asian countries: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

About the grant program

The International Relations Grants Program (the Program) is an ongoing program, subject to annual budget appropriation.

The objectives of the Program are to promote people-to-people links and a contemporary and positive image of Australia and support for the Australian Government’s international policy goals.

The expected outcomes of the Program are:

  • strengthened bilateral relationships in areas of mutual interest with particular countries and regions,
  • international networks, collaboration and connections between institutions and communities to build understanding, trust and influence,
  • enhanced Australian international reputation and reach through the promotion of our economic, creative and cultural, sporting, innovation and science, and education assets, and
  • increased understanding of Australians of the cultures and opportunities in each of these countries.

Further information on the International Relations Grants Program, including descriptions of previous grant-funded projects, is available here.

About the Australia-ASEAN Council (AAC) 2019 Grants

Grant opportunities available under the International Relations Grants Program are:

  • Australia-China Council 2019
  • Australia-India Council 2019
  • Australia-Indonesia Institute 2019
  • Australia-Japan Foundation 2019
  • Australia-Korea Foundation 2019
  • Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program 2019
  • Council for Australian-Arab Relations 2019
  • Council on Australia Latin America Relations 2019

Australia-ASEAN Council 2019 outcomes:

The Australia-ASEAN Council (AAC) seeks to:

  • Initiate and support influential persons and groups in Australia and South-East Asian countries, with activities that encourage a greater interest in the development of cooperation and collaboration between the countries, including trade and economic relations and people-to-people links;
  • Promote cooperation between individuals and institutions in Australia and South-East Asian countries which enhance learning, teaching and research in areas of mutual interest;
  • Broaden awareness and understanding in Australia and South-East Asian countries of each other’s culture, values and traditions through increased people‐to‐people capabilities, strengths and opportunities;
  • Promote the Australia‐ASEAN region relationship and foster relations through media and alumni activities in order to facilitate long‐term bilateral links between Australia and the countries of South-East Asia; and
  • Wherever possible the AAC seeks to expand people‐to‐people and institutional links through partnerships with other organisations and seed funding of projects.

The Council's mandate is to cover the ten countries of ASEAN: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Burma, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

The funding priorities of the Australia-ASEAN Council 2019 grant round are:

  • Increase people-to-people linkages between Australia and South-East Asian countries, particularly between people and institutions that have the capacity to influence others;
  • Increase knowledge and understanding in Australia of South-East Asian countries, and the opportunities they present; and
  • Enhance awareness and understanding in Australia and South-East Asia of each other’s cultures, values and traditions.

Knowledge development is the overarching theme for the grant round. Funding priorities will focus on women in leadership, collaboration and innovation across three key sectors. 

  • Trade and economic development
  • Technology and entrepreneurship
  • Culture and education

A key consideration for the Australia-ASEAN Council is the community outreach and connectivity of your project.

Grant amount

Between $250,000 and $500,000 in 2019-20 is available for this grant opportunity, subject to appropriation, starting in July 2019.

Grant applications for a minimum of $10,000 or maximum of $50,000 per year will be considered.

Co-contributions from you and other parties strengthen your application.

It is anticipated that most grants will be between $20,000 and $40,000 per year, depending on the scope of the grant activity and its complexity.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • To be eligible you must:
    • be one of the following entity types:
      • an Australian entity with an Australian Business Number (ABN) or Australian Company Number (ACN)
      • a consortium with a lead organisation
      • a registered charity or not-for-profit organisation
      • an Australian local government body
      • an Australian State/Territory government body
      • a corporate Commonwealth entity
      • an Australian statutory authority
      • be an Australian or permanent resident of Australia
    • and be willing to provide or develop child protection guidelines for your project if it involves people under the age of 18 years.
  • Applications from consortia are acceptable, provided you have a lead applicant who is the main driver of the project and is eligible as per the list above.
  • Individuals who intend the grant to be administered by a university should apply on behalf of the university, i.e. your university is the applicant. 
  • You can use the grant to pay for costs detailed in your budget and grant agreement, including:
    • Economy flights, modest accommodation costs, meals and travel allowances, other transport
    • Communication and translation
    • Venue hire and catering,
    • Advertising and promotion, graphic design, photography and printed material,
    • Production costs, including freight and artists’ wages
    • Only one participant per conference or meeting and only where the participant is a principal speaker and the subject of the conference is of direct relevance to the grant opportunity


  • Preference will be given to multilateral projects.
  • Very strong bilateral proposals will also be considered.


  • You are not eligible to apply if you are:
    • Not an Australian, a permanent resident of Australia or an Australian organisation
    • A previous applicant who has failed to provide a full and proper acquittal of an earlier IRGP grant.
      • You may provide an interim report with the agreement of the relevant Secretariat where existing grant funding will be expended prior to the commencement of the new grant requested.
  • You cannot normally use the grant for the following:
    • capital expenditure, including purchase of real estate and vehicles
    • purchase of equipment (for example, musical instruments, computers, videos, photographic or printing equipment)
    • the covering of retrospective costs or recurrent funding of activities
    • activities which are already commercially viable in their own right
    • activities which will provide commercial advantage to the applicant (e.g. promotion of the applicant’s own business)
    • costs incurred in the preparation of a grant application or related documentation
    • subsidy of general ongoing administration of an organisation such as electricity, phone, rent, salaries (including for research assistants or administrative staff), honorariums or administrative charges levied by the applicant's organisation,
    • activities for which other Commonwealth, State, Territory or Local Government bodies have primary responsibility (e.g. academic research, assistance to business, development assistance projects),
    • scholarships to individual students, and
    • completed projects.
  • We do not generally fund travel and accommodation for attendance at conferences or meetings, participation in fieldwork or sporting or other events, unless such activities are considered by the Board to be of direct relevance to its objectives.