Selection criteria

Applications will be selected on how well they demonstrate that the project meets the seven selection criteria below. Criteria one, two and three are given twice the weighting of the other criteria to reflect their importance.

1. Aligns with CAAR's strategic objectives (20 percent)

For example:

  • How will your project support robust professional, community or institutional linkages between Australia and the Arab world that will promote mutual understanding and project positive, accurate and contemporary images of each other's societies?
  • How will your project support increased business and trade between Australia and Arab countries and/or improve market access and development?
  • How will your project promote productive partnerships between Australia and the Arab world on contemporary issues of shared interest?

2. Raises public and corporate awareness of the importance of the Australian-Arab relationship, builds bridges between Australia and the Arab world and/or demonstrates public diplomacy benefits for Australia (20 percent) 

For example:

  • How will your project raise awareness of the importance of the Australian-Arab relationship?
  • How will your project increase mutual understanding and build bridges between Australia and the Arab world? 
  • How will it project positive, accurate and contemporary images of each other's societies?
  • What will be the impact and public reach of your project?
  • What marketing and publicity tools will you use to reach a wider public?
  • How will you engage with and involve the local community?
  • What relationships with local partners do you already have or intend to build as part of your project?
  • How will your project create long-term benefits?

3. Includes activities which support the strategic directions and sector priorities of the CAAR 2013-15 Strategic Plan (20 percent)

For example:

  • How does the project relate to the strategic directions of the CAAR 2013-15 Strategic Plan?
  • Is the project within the priority sectors of the CAAR 2013-15 Strategic Plan?
  • How could the project contribute to an Arab-Australia dialogue?
  • Have you consulted with DFAT missions overseas or local partners about what is appealing, appropriate and acceptable to local participants, the public and/or audiences?
  • What other activities are you undertaking in conjunction with your project? For instance, seminars, workshops, functions?


4. Is well budgeted and financially manageable and requests a reasonable amount of funding in the context of the overall project. (10 percent)

For example:

  • Are necessary budget items listed and realistically costed?
  • What are your other sources of funding?
  • What impact will CAAR funding have on your ability to deliver the project?
  • How does the project deliver the best value for money in the context of CAAR's objectives?

5. Is well-planned and achievable (10 percent)

For example:

  • Are project timeframes achievable?
  • What arrangements do you have in place with co-organisers, participants, venues  etc.?
  • Are the infrastructure and technical equipment you need to deliver your project available locally, or will you be able to provide these requirements?
  • Are you working with local partners to deliver your project?

6. Is conducted by an applicant with relevant skills and experience, or, if project is to be conducted overseas, with previous international experience or the capacity to deliver projects overseas (10 percent)

For example:

  • What experience do you have delivering projects overseas, or experience delivering comparable activities?
  • How were these projects similar to the project for which you are seeking funding?
  • Were these projects successful? What outcomes did they achieve?
  • What are the skills of the people involved in your project, either individually or as a group?
  • What are some examples that demonstrate this level of skill?
  • Referees’ opinions on applicant’s ability to manage project.

7. Project proposal is relevant/demonstrates excellence and has demonstrable demand (10 percent)

For example:

  • What is the merit of your project including its rationale?
  • For community-focussed projects, how is your project relevant to the community involved? What community opportunities, needs and aspirations will your project meet?
  • Referees’ opinions on standard of project.
Last Updated: 10 October 2013