General information

The Council provides funding through a competitive grants program for projects across Latin America and Australia. Projects need to be relevant to one or more of the following objectives:

  • to enhance and strengthen links between Australia and Latin America, in the priority areas of business, education, sustainability, tourism and cultural promotion (including sport)
  • to influence corporate Australia to initiate closer engagement with Latin America; and
  • to increase awareness and understanding of Australia in Latin America, and of Latin America in Australia.

The Council invites funding applications annually from individuals and organisations for projects that demonstrate the potential for the development of long-term links and cooperation between individuals and institutions in Australia and their counterparts in Latin America. COALAR grants are intended to provide seed funds for innovative proposals relevant to the goals and mission of the Council as stated in the 2014–17 Strategic Plan.

The Council supports innovative projects that have clear outcomes and seek to ensure the benefits of such activities are spread as widely as possible across the following priority areas:

  • Business
  • Education including applied research
  • Sport, Culture and Tourism


2018-19 Grant Program

In 2018 there will be a one stage only application process for the COALAR Grants Program. Applicants will need to submit full budget information and referee statements in their application to meet the March 28th deadline. This replaces the previous two stage process where initial applications were by Expression of Interest only. The Council Board will then shortlist and selects the successful applicants to be awarded a grant.

Dates for 2018-2019 Grants Round
Opening of COALAR 2018-2019 Grant round – Applications invited

6 February 2018

Closing date for submitting applications 28 March 2018
Unsuccessful applicants notified and successful applicants advised of grant allocation pending funding allocation for the 2018-2019 Financial Year July 2018

2017-18 Grant Program

The 2017-18 COALAR Grant program was announced by the Foreign Minister the Hon Julie Bishop MP in early August 2017. Successful and unsuccessful applicants have been notified.

Funding totaling $477,200 (including GST) has been awarded to 17 projects across the priority areas of business, education, sustainability, tourism and culture (including sport).

122 expressions of Interest were submitted in the 2016-17 Grant Round and 27 projects were shortlisted for further consideration.

Mr Chris Gale, Chair of COALAR, welcomed the strong interest in the grant program and thanked grant applicants for their time and effort in presenting their initiatives.