Australia-India Council Grants Program


The objectives of the Australia-India Council 2018 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 for lifting education and training outcomes between Australia and India, such as mobile platforms for the delivery of training and skill programs. 
  • Develop new innovative social entrepreneur schemes that build on opportunities presented by successful projects, such as, either India’s unique identifier Aadhaar scheme or outcomes from the Australia India Strategic Research Fund projects on health, agribusiness or water technology, energy and resources, and urban infrastructure.
  • Recognise and capitalise on Australian and Indian shared cultural identity, for example, through common parliamentary and legal systems; social entrepreneur platforms that support women in leadership, children or tech-savvy young people; or Indigenous culture.
  • Build connections between Australia and India by drawing on major events as inspiration for collaborations and joint projects that establish linkages between India and Australia in a school, business or community setting.
Planned Timelines



Applications open

9 am (AEDT) Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Applications close

2 pm (AEST) Thursday, 29 March 2018

Assessment of applications

9-12 weeks

Approval of outcomes of selection process

July 2018

Negotiations and award of grant agreements

July 2018

Notification to unsuccessful applicants

July 2018

Project activity to commence

Before June 2019

Project end date

Specified in application

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.

2018 Grant Guidelines

2018 Grant Guidelines

Previous grant activity

Last Updated: 2 February 2018