Grants

Opening date: 09:00 (AEDT) 1 February 2019
Closing date for submitting applications: 14:00 (AEDT) 18 March 2019
Applicants notified: July 2019
Processing of grant agreements for successful applicants: August 2019

Introduction

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 grant guidelines before submitting their application.

Successful CAAR projects have clear outcomes and the benefits are spread as widely as possible, leading to greater mutual understanding and cooperation between Australia and the Arab world, on an individual or institutional level. The Council has a special focus on assisting the initiation of activities that are likely to prove self-sustaining.

The Council assesses grant applications on the likely benefits a project will bring, rather than the amount requested, and it therefore exercises some flexibility in the amounts disbursed as grants. While the level of grant funding will be decided according to the merits of the proposal, funding will generally be above a minimum of AUD $10,000 per grant, and up to a maximum of AUD $40,000. CAAR encourages applicants to also seek funding for their project from other sources.

Applications must demonstrate relevance to one or more of the Council's strategic objectives. In addition, proposals must either serve a CAAR Flagship Program and/or address a CAAR Priority Sector. The 2019-20 Grant Round Priority Sectors are: Innovation and Sustainability, Arts and culture, Social Change.

The 2019-20 CAAR application form (click on ‘preview’ in Smartygrants) can be viewed only to assist in the preparation for the project. The application cannot be submitted until 1 February 2019.

Proper consideration should be given to how the project will acknowledge CAAR funding. Any publications, electronic media and publicly performed activities associated with the project should carry the CAAR logo, subject to agreement with CAAR. Invitations to Council Board Members for key events associated with the project are highly desirable. It is expected that grantees will appropriately advertise CAAR events, including through social media, and provide regular updates (such as photographs, short videos) to the CAAR to enable promotion of the project via the CAAR Facebook page.

CAAR - Program objectives

1.1 Applications for the CAAR Grants Program should seek to contribute to the Council's strategic objectives.

1.2 Applications must also serve a CAAR Flagship Program and/or address a CAAR Priority Sector.

1.3 The CAAR Flagship Programs are:

  • CAAR Speakers
    The flagship provides opportunities for influential Australians to visit the Arab world (or vice versa) to share their expertise on a particular issue. The host institution (not the Speaker) will receive $10,000 (excluding GST) from CAAR funding to cover costs associated with international flights, domestic transport, accommodation and per diem expenses. The Speaker will visit for a week, visiting at least two cities, and undertaking at least one public (free) speaking event. The grantee must arrange for the Speaker to carry out media interviews and hold targeted meetings (with diplomats, relevant government agencies and community groups). Both the Speaker and the host institution are responsible for promotion of the CAAR's support of the project, including through the use of social media.
  • CAAR Visitors
    The flagship provides opportunities for Australian or Arab experts (in disciplines as diverse as political science, theatre, sport, science, visual arts or start-up incubators) to collaborate with their counterparts. The host institution (not the Visitor) would receive up to $30,000 (excluding GST) from CAAR funding to cover costs associated with international flights, domestic transport, accommodation and per diem expenses. The Visitor would visit for five to twelve weeks, and would achieve a demonstrable outcome, such as: an academic research paper, a theatre script, a radio documentary, or a music recording. The grantee must arrange for the Visitor to carry out media interviews and hold targeted meetings (with diplomats, relevant government agencies and community groups). Both the Visitor and the host institution are responsible for appropriate promotion of the CAAR's support of the project, including through the use of social media.
  • CAAR Exchanges
    The flagship provides funding to universities and professional organisations to arrange for Australian groups to travel to the Arab world (or vice versa) to undertake activities related to their studies or professions. For example, journalism students could attend a professional tour of local media agencies, or a sporting team could engage in a 'train-the-trainer' program or an exchange with primary/secondary school teachers. The students and the grantee are responsible for appropriate promotion of the CAAR's support of the project, including through the use of social media.
  • Women in Leadership
    The flagship gives a platform to Arab women known for their leadership and innovation, and to foster stronger links between Australian and Arab women, organisations and businesses. Projects funded under this Flagship must centre around an event (held in either Australia or the Arab world), and have a lasting impact (such as by creating professional networks). The organisation would be expected to carry out media interviews and hold targeted meetings (with diplomats, relevant government agencies and community groups). The organisation is responsible for appropriate promotion of the CAAR's support of the project, including through the use of social media.

1.4 CAAR Priority Sectors for the 2019-2020 Grant Round are: Innovation and Sustainability, Arts and Culture, Social Change.

For more information on grant and funding please see the 2019-20 Grant Guidelines, refer to the Frequently Asked Questions and the 2019-20 Business Plan.

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Last Updated: 3 December 2018