Australia-India Council Grants Program


The objectives of the Australia-India Council Grant Program are to:

  • raise awareness of Australia in India, and of India in Australia, in a way that encourages further growth in relations between the two countries, including in the trade and investment relationship
  • promote exchange and collaboration between Australian and Indian organisations in fields of relevance to the bilateral strategic partnership
  • deliver high quality programs that demonstrate Australia’s economic credentials and technical excellence to influential audiences in India
  • seek community involvement in, and private sector support for, the Council’s diplomacy efforts including by encouraging corporate investment in collaborations that advance Australia India relations
  • publicise the Council's activities as a means of encouraging broad support for the Council's role and the bilateral relationship.

Priority areas

  • Develop new innovative mechanisms to enhance outcomes in one or more of the 10 economic sectors identified in the India Economic Strategy.
  • Develop new innovative social ventures that build on signature national or bilateral initiatives such as India’s unique identity Aadhaar scheme or Australia India Strategic Research Fund projects on health, agribusiness, water, energy and resources, and urban infrastructure.
  • Recognise and capitalise on the shared democratic, institutional and cultural traditions of Australia and India, for example, through our common parliamentary and legal systems, shared challenges in supporting gender equality and women in leadership, children, young people, Indigenous communities and diaspora.
  • Build connections between Australia and India through joint projects in an educational or community setting.
Planned timelines
Activity Time
Applications open 9 am (AEDT) Wednesday, 5 February 2019
Applications close 2 pm (AEST) Thursday, 28 March 2019
Assessment of applications 9-12 weeks
Approval of outcomes of selection process July 2019
Negotiations and award of grant agreements July 2019
Notification to unsuccessful applicants July 2019
Project activity to commence Before June 2020

Grant funding

Grants will be provided to a number of small and medium projects (up to a maximum of $150,000 each) that demonstrate a clear capacity to maximise impact by fostering ground-breaking and catalytic collaborations.

Project costs relate to the scope of the grant activity, its complexity, proposed outcomes, and strategic advantage, and should be proportionate with administration and sensible risk management expectations.

Co-contributions from you and other parties strengthen your application.

Grant Guidelines

Grant Guidelines

Previous grant activity

Last Updated: 31 January 2019