Up to $50,000 is available from Australia-ASEAN Council 2019 to generate opportunities for Australian business, education, science and innovation and the arts to work with partners in Southeast Asia.
Australia-ASEAN Council (AAC) 2019
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 Council 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. The Australia-ASEAN Council will this year look favourably on projects that align with the Focus Country Program – ASEAN Now 2019.
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.
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.
You can only spend grant funds on eligible grant activities as defined in the grant details in your grant agreement.
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.
Applications close 28 March 2019.