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 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
  • Sustainability
  • Tourism
  • Cultural Promotion (including sport)


2015-16 Grant Program

The 2015-16 COALAR Grants Program is now closed. A very strong field of applications was received with 123 EOI submitted, seeking over $4 million in grant funding. Of these, 29 projects have been shortlisted for further consideration to receive funding from the $390,000 that it is anticipated will be available in the 2015-16 COALAR budget. The Council thanks applicants for their submissions and their efforts to enhance and strengthen Australia-Latin America relations.

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.

Indicative dates for 2015-2016 Grants Round
Opening of COALAR 2015-2016 COALAR Grant round – Expressions of Interest invited 2 March 2015
Closing date for submitting expressions of interest 9 April 2015
Invitation to submit full grant applications to successful applicants and unsuccessful applicants notified Mid June 2015
Closing date for selected applicants to lodge full applications Mid July 2015
Unsuccessful applicants notified and successful applicants advised of grant allocation pending funding allocation for the 2015-2016 Financial Year* End September 2015

The 2016-17 COALAR Grants Program will be advertised in February 2016.

2014-15 Grant Program

The Coalar Grant program was approved by the Coalar Board on 2 September 2014.

Funding totalling $392,000 (excluding GST) has been awarded to 14 projects across the priority areas of business, education, sustainability, tourism and culture (including sport).

93 Expressions of Interest were submitted in the 2014-15 Grant Round seeking over $.3 6million. 20 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.