Australia-ASEAN Council (AAC) launches COVID-19 Special Grants Round

Australia-ASEAN Council
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Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Detailed Description

The Australia-ASEAN Council is inviting applications from eligible individuals or organisations for funding under the 2020 COVID-19 Special Grants Round.


  • The objectives of the Australia-ASEAN Council’s 2020 COVID-19 Special Grants Round are to support continuity in people-to-people and institutional engagement between Australia and the ASEAN region during and following the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, when restrictions on travel and social distancing will limit opportunities for face-to-face engagement and inward and outbound visits.
  • In this context, the round will target online and other activities or forms of engagement that help bring people together through virtual means and build cross-cultural linkages, but do not require travel and are consistent with government restrictions in response to COVID-19.
  • The round will also prioritise  applications that directly contribute to the priority needs of ASEAN countries during and immediately following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Funding Information

  • The Australian Government has announced a total of $300,000 AUD is available in 2020-21 for this grant opportunity, subject to appropriation.
  • The minimum individual grant amount is $10,000 AUD.
  • The maximum individual grant amount is $50,000 AUD.
  • Only grant applications between these amounts will be considered. Co-contributions from you and other parties strengthen your application. It is anticipated that most grants will be between $20,000 AUD and $40,000 AUD per year, depending on the scope of the grant activity and its complexity.

Countries in Scope Includes:

  • Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible you must be one of the following entity types:

  • an Australian entity with an Australian Business Number (ABN), Australian Company Number (ACN), or Indigenous Corporation Number (ICN)
  • an Australian consortium with a lead organisation
  • an Australian registered charity or not-for-profit organisation
  • an Australian local government body
  • an Australian State/Territory government body
  • a corporate Commonwealth entity
  • an Australian statutory authority,
  • be an Australian or permanent resident of Australia, and
  • be willing to provide or develop child protection guidelines for your project if it involves people under the age of 18 years. Applications from consortia are acceptable, provided you have a lead applicant who is the main driver of the project and is eligible as per the list above. Individuals who intend the grant to be administered by a university should apply on behalf of the university, i.e. your university is the applicant.

Ineligibility Criteria

You are not eligible to apply if you are:

  • Not an Australian, a permanent resident of Australia or an Australian organisation.
  • A previous applicant who has failed to provide a full and proper acquittal of an earlier Australia-ASEAN Council grant.
  • You may provide an interim report with the agreement of the relevant Secretariat where existing grant funding will be expended prior to the commencement of the new grant requested.


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