Applications are now open for grant funding to support Australians to deepen their working relationships with international partners.
These small grants support professional, community and institutional linkages between Australia and its partners on issues of shared interest, such as business, innovation and science, women in leadership, education, the arts, media and sport.
Individual guidelines, dates and links to online applications are on the following websites:
Examples of projects receiving seed funding from DFAT councils in 2016-17 include:
- In 2016, the Australian Meat and Livestock Association entered into a partnership with Fatafeat to make a three-part TV miniseries featuring Arab Master Chef Tarek in Australia. The goal of the series was to promote Australian meat to Arabic-speaking markets as a consistent supplier of safe and high quality beef and lamb.
- Three Korean Business Seminars via video-conference across Australia and Seoul offering targeted, insightful and practical business perspectives on opportunities and challenges between Australia and Korea in the Food and Agribusiness, Financial Services and Infrastructure sectors, following the implementation of the Korea Australia Free Trade Agreement.
- In May 2017, the Australia-Latin America Business Council will host the inaugural Latin American Infrastructure Forum. The Forum will showcase the infrastructure projects that are planned for the major markets in Latin America and will identify strategies for Australian sponsors, investors and construction sector players to engage in these projects.
Science and Innovation
- Global LYNCs is an innovative technology project that is helping to develop connections between school children in Victoria, Australia and Daegu, Republic of Korea. Global LYNCs uses ZOOM, a freely available internet-based telecommunications tool as well as laptop webcams, microphones and HD Video Conferencing Units. The online interaction is only the beginning of the cultural exchange. 'Students enjoy sharing their cultures and actively engage in music, art, dance and sport demonstrations including taekwondo, cricket and football. Gifts such as traditional costumes and games are posted and form the basis of some of the curriculum activities,' says Joanne Tate, Senior Project Officer with Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.
- In February 2017, six experts from the University of Southern Queensland's Crop Nematology team will travel to India to conduct a Seminar Day in New Delhi and practical training workshops in Jabalpur to increase awareness of root-lesion nematodes and highlight Australia's innovative research and management strategies. Root-lesion nematodes are microscopic worm-like parasites in soil that can have a catastrophic effect on crops. The workshop will focus on building capability for root-lesion nematode research in India and will bring together Australian and Indian nematologists to discuss collaborative research strategies.
- A project involving Touch Football Australia and the Japan Touch Association aims to increase Japanese women's participation in sport and raise the profile of touch football in Japan. Touch football is a growing sport in Japan with the Japanese national women's team, the Touch Blossoms, recognised as being among the world's leading touch football nations.
- An innovative gymnastics leadership and governance project for women in sport is off to a flying start in South East Asia after conducting workshops and ongoing mentoring in Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore. Delivered in partnership with the Australian Sport Commission, Gymnastics Australia, Victoria University and the South East Asian Gymnastics Zone, the three-year project aims to build governance capacity and capabilities in Asian gymnastics organisations while empowering women to establish leadership roles. Gymnastics Australia Senior Manager for Participation and Sport Development, Karen Norden says about the project 'We (Gymnastics Australia) recognised that South East Asia is another really big partner for us like Oceania, so there's a commercial opportunity involved, but it's also about promoting women, empowering women in sport, and making them leaders.'
Empowerment of Women
- Arab women from Australia and the Middle East share experiences of identity, belonging and navigating cultures in 'Beyond Veiled Clichés: The Lives of Arab Women', a book by Sydney based journalist, author and public speaker, Amal Awad.
- A pioneering mobile website first developed by the Women's Legal Service Tasmania has been adapted to assist Indian women with a range of social and health issues. The Girls Gotta Know website provides information about legal and social issues that women may face, and also provides information and referrals to organisations who can assist with matters such as employment, relationships, health and housing.
- Seven Indigenous Australian students from Deakin University in Melbourne travelled to Europe in November 2016 to participate in workshops to develop the first of its kind International Indigenous Design Charter. This Charter will support visual designers to develop culturally-aware and accurate representations of indigenous imagery in their work. The tour involved a series of community led workshops in Norway, Greenland and Denmark, bringing together researchers, students and other organisations involved or interested in indigenous design. A model for the International Charter is the Australian Indigenous Design Charter – Communication Design, which was established in September 2016.
- Indigenous band B2M wowed audiences at Taiwan's Pulima Festival before connecting with local indigenous communities. Despite never having visited Taiwan before, six-piece indigenous Australian band, B2M, felt right at home as they connected with indigenous Taiwanese communities during a series of performances and workshops, underscoring the close cultural connections that exist between the two regions.