2017-18 Grant Program objectives

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Grant round dates

Opening:  9am (AEDT) Wednesday, 1 March 2017        
Closing: 2pm (AEST) Thursday, 27 April 2017


The Australia-India Council’s mission is to advance Australia’s foreign and economic policy interests by building awareness and understanding between the peoples and institutions of Australia and India. The Australia-India Council will support projects which will improve perceptions of Australia in India and/or of India in Australia and build sustainable collaborations.

Grant program objectives

Grant proposals should either: establish new, innovative and dynamic linkages; overcome an existing identified problem; or leverage a major event to build deeper relations between Australia and India, as outlined in the table below.

Innovative Linkages Major Events
Projects designed to improve perceptions between Australia and India by implementing innovative sustainable collaborations that maximise impact. Build connections between Australia and India by drawing on major events as inspiration for collaborations and joint projects.
Grant applicants will need to develop a project proposal to address priority challenges or opportunities identified by the AIC Board.  In 2017, the Board is seeking proposals for:


  • New innovative mechanisms for lifting education outcomes between Australia and India, such as, mobile platforms for the delivery of training and skill programs. 
  • New innovative social entrepreneurship schemes that build on India’s Aadhaar unique identifier and/or address energy, food or water security and urban infrastructure challenges.   
  • Recognising and capitalising on elements of Australian and Indian shared cultural identity, through our common parliamentary and legal systems or sporting passions (for example) to address social needs and/or perceptions.
Grant applicants would need to develop complementary joint collaborative projects around major events that establish linkages between India and Australia in, for example, a school, business or community setting.


The International Astronautical Congress being hosted in Adelaide in September 2017 and the 2018 Commonwealth Games are examples of international events which could anchor grant proposals.


Contact details

Website:  http://dfat.gov.au/aic
Email:  AusIndia.Council@dfat.gov.au
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/ausindiacouncil

19 of the 95 applications submitted in the 2016-17 grant round were successful.

Last Updated: 24 January 2017