Australian Aid: Friendship Grants

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Every year across Australia, thousands of people donate their time and money to help people in developing countries. Australian Aid: Friendship Grants is bringing local Australian community organisations into the Australian aid program by providing funding for them to expand or enhance their international development activities in our region. Photo: Teagan Glenane

Many Australian organisations, including charities, local government groups, professional organisations, diaspora groups and volunteer groups are already working hard to help communities in our region. These organisations have unique, on-the-ground experience working in international development and have forged strong relationships with local communities overseas.

Strong relationships between Australian communities and communities in our region are an effective way to promote inclusive development, regional security and poverty reduction. The three-year Australian Aid: Friendship Grants program will bring some of the best of these organisations into the Australian aid program by providing grants of $30,000 to $60,000, allowing them to expand or enhance their existing international development activities.

In Round 1, more than 200 applications were received, with 46 community organisations awarded Friendship Grants from across Australia, enabling them to expand or enhance their international development work with our neighbours in 15 countries in the Indo-Pacific region.

Round 2 of Friendship Grants is now open, and will close at 1.00pm (AEST) on 10 September 2019.

If you are interested in applying for Round 2, please review the Round 2 guidelines.

To read more about Round 1, and to view the full list of Round 1 recipients, please visit the Round 1 information page.

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Last Updated: 1 April 2019