Grants

Dates for 2017–2018 Grants Round 
Opening date: 9AM AEDT Monday, 6 February 2017
Closing date for submitting applications: 2PM AEDT Monday, 3 April 2017 
Unsuccessful applicants notified: Early July 2017
Successful applicants notified: Early July 2017
Processing of grant agreements for successful applicants: Late August 2017

Introduction

The Council for Australian-Arab Relations (CAAR) supports projects that enhance Australia's economiccultural and social relations with the Arab world. Applicants should carefully read these guidelines before submitting their application.

CAAR supports innovative projects that have clear outcomes, whose benefits are spread as widely as possible, and which lead to greater mutual understanding and cooperation between Australia and the Arab world, on an individual or institutional level. The Council has a special focus on assisting the initiation of activities that are likely to prove self-sustaining.

The Council assesses grant applications on the likely benefits a project will bring, rather than the amount requested, and it therefore exercises some flexibility in the amounts disbursed as grants. While the level of grant funding will be decided according to the merits of the proposal, funding will generally be above a minimum of AUD 10,000 per grant, and up to a maximum of AUD 40,000. CAAR encourages applicants to also seek funding for their project from other sources.

Applications must demonstrate relevance to one or more of the Council's strategic objectives. In addition, proposals must either serve a CAAR Flagship Program and/or address a CAAR Priority Sector.

Proper consideration should be given to how the project will acknowledge CAAR funding.  Any publications, electronic media and publicly performed activities associated with the project should carry the CAAR logo, subject to agreement by the CAAR Secretariat.  Invitations to Council Board Members for key events associated with the project are highly desirable.  It is expected that grantees will appropriately advertise CAAR events, including through social media, and provide regular updates (such as photographs, short videos) to the CAAR to enable promotion of the project via the CAAR Facebook page.

CAAR - Program objectives

1.1 Applications for the CAAR Grants Program should seek to contribute to the Council's strategic objectives.

1.2 Applications must also serve a CAAR Flagship Program and/or address a CAAR Priority Sector.

1.3 The CAAR Flagship Programs are:

  • CAAR Speakers
    The flagship provides opportunities for influential Australians to visit the Arab world (or vice versa) to share their expertise on a particular issue.  The host institution (not the Speaker themselves) would receive $10,000 (excluding GST) in CAAR funding to cover costs associated with economy class international flights, domestic transport, accommodation and per diem expenses.  The Speaker would visit for a week, visiting at least two cities, and undertaking at least one public (free) speaking event.  The grantee must arrange for the Speaker to carry out media interviews and hold targeted meetings (with diplomats, relevant government agencies and community groups).  Both the Speaker and the host institution are responsible for promotion of the CAAR's support of the project, including through the use of social media.
  • CAAR Visitors
    The flagship provides opportunities for Australian or Arab experts (in disciplines as diverse as political science, theatre, sport, science, visual arts or start-up incubators) to collaborate with their counterparts in the alternate region.  The host institution (not the Visitor themselves) would receive $30,000 (excluding GST) in CAAR funding to cover costs associated with business class international flights, domestic transport, accommodation and per diem expenses.  The Visitor would visit for five to twelve weeks, and would achieve a demonstrable outcome, such as: an academic research paper, a theatre play script, a radio documentary, or an album.  The grantee must arrange for the Visitor to carry out media interviews and hold targeted meetings (with diplomats, relevant government agencies and community groups).  Both the Visitor and the host institution are responsible for appropriate promotion of the CAAR's support of the project, including through the use of social media.
  • CAAR Exchanges
    The flagship provides funding to universities and professional organisations to arrange for Australian groups to travel to the Arab world (or vice versa) to undertake activities related to their studies or professions.  For example, journalism students could attend a professional tour of local media agencies, or a sporting team could engage in a 'train-the-trainer' program.   The students and the grantee are responsible for appropriate promotion of the CAAR's support of the project, including through the use of social media.
  • Women in Leadership
    The flagship gives a platform to Arab women known for their leadership and innovation, and to foster stronger links between Australian and Arab women, organisations and businesses. Projects funded under this Flagship must centre around an event (held in either Australia or the Arab world), and have a lasting impact (such as by creating professional networks). The organisation would be expected to carry out media interviews and hold targeted meetings (with diplomats, relevant government agencies and community groups). The organisation is responsible for appropriate promotion of the CAAR’s support of the project, including through the use of social media.

1.4 CAAR Priority Sectors for the 2017-2018 grants round are: Sports and Fashion.

For more information on grants and funding please see the Grants Guidelines


Last Updated: 8 September 2016