Application period Open: 9am (AEDT) on 6/2/2017
Close: 2pm (AEST) on 27/3/17
Assessment of applications 6 weeks
Approval of outcomes of selection process Late June/early July
Negotiations and award of grant agreements July

Objectives of the grant round

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.

In 2017-18, the AAC priority countries are:

  • Malaysia (60th Anniversary of Independence and Diplomatic Relations with Australia, 2017)
  • ASEAN 50th Anniversary

The funding priorities of the Australia-ASEAN Council 2017 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:

  1. Trade and economic development
  2. Technology and entrepreneurship
  3. Culture and education

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

Grant Program Guidelines 2017

Last Updated: 15 February 2017