How to apply

Applications for Round 1 are now open. Applications will close at 2pm (AEST) on 27 August 2018.


18 June 2018 Applications open online
27 August 2018 Applications close
November 2018 Successful applicants notified
November 2018 Signing of grant agreements between DFAT and successful applicants
December 2018 DFAT Friendship Grants Bootcamp for successful applicants

Application Guidelines
Please ensure you carefully read the Friendship Grants Guidelines before starting and submitting an application.

Application guidelines [PDF 1.31 MB] | [Word 1.29 MB]

Please also ensure you read the DFAT documents listed in the Friendship Grants Guidelines, including the Australian Government's development policy Australian aid: promoting prosperity, increasing stability, reducing poverty.

Preview application form [PDF 208 KB] | [Word 70 KB]

For guidance on how to complete the application form, watch this short explainer video:

Selection process

Grants will be awarded through a merit-based selection process in-line with Commonwealth Grants Rules and Guidelines. The Friendship Grants aim to reflect the geographic, cultural and organisational diversity of Australia. Applications are encouraged from a wide range of community organisations. 

Questions during the application process

If you have any questions about the application process, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

If you have any questions during the application period that are not covered on the FAQ page, please email or call the Friendship Grants hotline at +61 2 5104 0633 between the hours of 9am – 5pm (AEST), Monday to Friday.

Please note all emailed questions must be submitted before 9:00am Monday 20 August 2018. We will not be able to answer any questions submitted after this date.

Last Updated: 31 May 2018