Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade: Australia-ASEAN Council Grant Program 2016-17

The Australia-ASEAN Council prioritises funding for activities which:

  • increase people-to-people linkages between Australia and South-East Asian countries, particularly between people and institutions that have the capacity to influence others;
  • increase knowledge and understanding in Australia of South-East Asian countries, and the opportunities they present; and,
  • enhance awareness and understanding in Australia and South-East Asia of each other’s cultures, values and traditions.

In 2016-17, the AAC priority countries are: The Philippines (70th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations with Australia, 2016); and, Malaysia (60th Anniversary of Independence and Diplomatic Relations with Australia, 2017).

Funding priorities for 2016-17 will focus on women in leadership, collaboration and innovation across three key sectors: trade and economic development; technology and entrepreneurship; and, culture and education. A key consideration for the AAC Board is the community outreach and connectivity of each project.

Funding & Duration

2016-2017 grant round funding will be $250,000 to $300,000, with around 8 – 10 projects funded. Project funding will normally be a range from $10,000 to $40,000 per application per year. Multiyear funding may be available for up to 3 years.

Applicants will normally be expected to demonstrate that they are seeking assistance from other sources.


Individuals, groups and organisations may apply for grants. Applicants must be Australian citizens or permanent residents; or an Australian entity with an ABN or ACN.

Joint applications may be accepted from non-Australian citizen/resident individuals or organisations who are working in partnership with Australian individuals, groups or organisations, where this will promote Australian relations with the countries of South-East Asia.

Submission Requirements

Further Information

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