How to apply

Applications for Round 1 are now open. Applications will close at 2:00pm (AEST) on 27 August 2018.


18 June 2018 Applications open online
20 August 2018 Questions can be asked through the round. The cut off for questions is 9:00am 20 August 2018.
27 August 2018, 2:00pm (AEST) Applications close. Applications must be submitted online**
November 2018* Successful and unsuccessful applicants notified
November 2018 Signing of grant agreements between DFAT and successful applicants
December 2018* Friendship Grants Bootcamp – compulsory for grant recipients
From December 2018* Round 1 Friendship Grants activities commence
June 2019* Mid-term reports due from grant recipients
December 2019* Friendship Grants Learning Forum – compulsory for grant recipients. Round 1 Friendship Grant funding expended
January 2020* Final reports due from grant recipients

* Subject to change
** PLEASE NOTE: You have until 2:00pm (AEST) 27 August 2018 to submit your online application. Late applications will not be accepted. Applications provided in any other form, other than the online application form, will not be accepted.

Application Guidelines

Please ensure you carefully read the Friendship Grants Guidelines before starting and submitting an application.

Application guidelines [PDF 1.37 MB] | [Word 1.28 MB]

Please also ensure you read the DFAT documents listed in the Friendship Grants Guidelines, including the Australian Government's development policy Australian aid: promoting prosperity, increasing stability, reducing poverty.

Preview application form [PDF 208 KB] | [Word 95 KB]

For guidance on how to complete the application form, watch this short explainer video:

Selection process

Grants will be awarded through a merit-based selection process in-line with Commonwealth Grants Rules and Guidelines. The Friendship Grants aim to reflect the geographic, cultural and organisational diversity of Australia. Applications are encouraged from a wide range of community organisations. 

Questions during the application process

If you have any questions about the application process, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

If you have questions that are not covered in the FAQs, please email or call the Friendship Grants hotline at +61 2 5104 0633 between the hours of 9:00am – 5:00pm (AEST), Monday to Friday.

Please note all emailed questions must be submitted before 9:00am Monday 20 August 2018. We will not be able to answer any questions submitted after this date and time.

Last Updated: 31 May 2018