General information

The Council provides funding through a competitive grants program for projects across Latin America and Australia. Projects need to be relevant to one or more of the following objectives:

  • to enhance and strengthen links between Australia and Latin America, in the priority areas of business, education, sustainability, tourism and cultural promotion (including sport)
  • to influence corporate Australia to initiate closer engagement with Latin America; and
  • to increase awareness and understanding of Australia in Latin America, and of Latin America in Australia.

The Council invites funding applications annually from individuals and organisations for projects that demonstrate the potential for the development of long-term links and cooperation between individuals and institutions in Australia and their counterparts in Latin America. COALAR grants are intended to provide seed funds for innovative proposals relevant to the goals and mission of the Council as stated in the 2014–17 Strategic Plan.

The Council supports innovative projects that have clear outcomes and seek to ensure the benefits of such activities are spread as widely as possible across the following priority areas:

  • Business
  • Education including applied research
  • Sustainability
  • Tourism
  • Sport, Culture and Tourism


2016-17 Grant Program

The COALAR Grants Program for 2016-17 has now closed. The Council Board thanks all applicants for their submissions.

Please note that the timing for advice on the outcomes of the EOI assessment has now been revised to the week beginning 23 April.

There is a two-stage application process for the COALAR Grants Program. The first stage involves applicants submitting an Expression of Interest online. The Council Board then shortlists the successful applicants, who proceed to the second stage and submit a Full Grant Application.

Dates for 2016-2017 Grants Round
Opening of COALAR 2016-2017 Grant round – Expressions of Interest invited 1 February 2016
Closing date for submitting expressions of interest 29 February 2016
Invitation to submit full grant applications to successful applicants and unsuccessful applicants notified 23 May 2016
Closing date for selected applicants to lodge full applications 21 June 2016
Unsuccessful applicants notified and successful applicants advised of grant allocation pending funding allocation for the 2015-2016 Financial Year  Early August 2016

2015-16 Grant Program

The 2015-16 COALAR Grant program was approved by the COALAR Board on 7 September 2015.

Funding totalling $329,000 (excluding GST) has been awarded to 16 projects across the priority areas of business, education, sustainability, tourism and culture (including sport).

123 Expressions of Interest were submitted in the 2015-16 Grant Round and 21 projects were shortlisted for further consideration.

Mr Chris Gale, Chair of COALAR, welcomed the strong interest in the grant program and thanked grant applicants for their time and effort in presenting their initiatives.