Council for Australia-Arab Relations (CAAR)

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The Council for Australian-Arab Relations (CAAR) 2020-21 Grant Round is now open

Opening date:
09:00 (AEDT) Friday, 31 January 2020
Closing date:
14:00 (AEDT) Monday, 16 March 2020
Applicant queries:
No later than Thursday, 12 March 2020
Applicants notified:
August 2020

The Council for Australian-Arab Relations (CAAR) supports projects that enhance Australia's economic, cultural and social relations with the Arab world. Applicants should carefully read the 2020-21 Grant Guidelines before submitting the application.

Successful CAAR projects have clear outcomes with benefits leading to greater mutual understanding and cooperation between Australia and the Arab world, on an individual or institutional level. The CAAR’s focus on assisting the initiation of activities should prove to be self-sustaining.

The 2020-21 priority sectors are:

  • Culture
  • Education and Sports
  • Innovation
  • Gender Equality

Applications which do not fall within the 2020-21 priority sectors may instead apply under one of the four Flagship Programs:

  • CAAR Speakers
  • CAAR Visitors
  • CAAR Exchanges
  • Women in Leadership

The Smartygrants live link CAAR 2020-21 application form is now available for you to complete for submission by 1400 hours, 16 March 2020.

Grant funding will be decided according to the merits of the proposal.

  • Funding is between AUD $10,000 per grant, and up to a maximum of AUD $40,000.
  • Projects will need to start between 1 September 2020 and 30 June 2021 and finish within 12 months of starting.
  • CAAR encourages applicants to seek additional funding for their project from other sources.
  • The project will acknowledge CAAR funding. Publications, electronic media and publicly performed activities associated with the project should carry the CAAR logo, subject to agreement with CAAR.
  • Invites to the CAAR Board members for key events associated with the project are highly desirable.
  • Grantees are expected to appropriately advertise CAAR events, including through social media, and provide regular updates (i.e. photographs, short videos) to the CAAR to enable promotion of the project via the CAAR Facebook page and Twitter.


The Council for Australian-Arab Relations (CAAR) seeks to strengthen Australian-Arab relations by advancing areas of shared political, economic and social interest and building a greater awareness and appreciation of each other's cultures and values.

Our strategic goals

The objectives of the Council are to:

  • empower the peoples of Australia and the Arab world to develop a holistic and contemporary mutual understanding;
  • support positive and collaborative relationships between Australia's Arab diaspora communities and the broader Australian community; and
  • support activities that encourage increased trade and investment between the two regions.

Operating environment

The CAAR is a non-statutory, regional council in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). Established in 2003, its purpose is to broaden and strengthen the relationship between Australia and the Arab world, by encouraging and supporting greater mutual understanding and cooperation between the peoples of Australia and the Arab world.

More on CAAR

Last Updated: 28 January 2020

Contact us


Phone: (02) 6261 2090


CAAR Secretariat
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
R G Casey Building
John McEwen Crescent
Barton  ACT  0221 Australia