Frequent questions

Do I need to brief my referees about the project and participants?

Yes, as we may contact your referees to discuss the project. Note you need to demonstrate that you are able to do what you say you are going to do in the application and that there is likely to be a long-term outcome.

How long should a CV of the main project participants be?

CV's should be no longer than one page.

Do I need to have had contact with my visitor/speakers/project partner before sending in an application?

The project should be well thought out and ready to be implemented and completed within a 12 month period. You should have, at least, in principle support from the organisation or people you identify as being your project partners in your application, and project counterparts (overseas) should be well-briefed about the project and their role in it. It is useful to include written support from your project partner/s with the application.

Applicants that rely on ‘approaching’ partners only once they are successful do not stand a good chance of being supported by the CAAR.

What are the chances of getting a grant?

The grant process is competitive. The CAAR Board assesses grant applications by considering how the proposal will further the goals of the Council and whether the application meets the guidelines for grant submissions. The CAAR Strategic Plan [PDF 260 KB] outlines the goals of the CAAR, and the Guidelines can be found on the CAAR website. The Council has a limited budget, which often means that unfortunately not all projects that satisfy the guidelines and further the goals of the Council can be funded. If you are unsure if your project will meet the Council’s requirements, we recommend you send an email to CAAR Secretariat caar@dfat.gov.au and seek advice prior to completing an application.

What can I get a grant for?

The CAAR provides seed funding for innovative proposals relevant to the mission and goals of the Council. This includes proposals which demonstrate the potential for the development of long-term links between individuals and institutions in Australia and counterparts throughout the Arab world.

Can I apply for a grant?

Yes, you can apply for a grant if you are an Australian citizen or organisation. We do provide grants to Arab organisations on a case by case basis; however our preference is for the Arab organisation to have an Australian partner/ organisation who apply for the grant.

Please check our website for the full list of Activities not funded.

Can the Secretariat help with the Visa application of the Visitor? 

No, the applicant is responsible for ensuring that their guest/visitors are aware of the requirements for applying for a Visa to Australia.  We strongly recommend any guests/visitors apply early for Visas.

How long does visa take to process?

The visa process can vary depending on the individual circumstances. We recommend applying for a Visa at least 4 weeks prior to arriving in Australia.  Please check the website of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection for Visa information.




Last Updated: 10 August 2015