On February 5, the Australia-India Council Grants round was opened. The Council will be accepting applications until March 28.
In 2019, priority will be given to projects that:
- support the recommendations of the India Economic Strategy, an ambitious plan to transform Australia’s economic partnership with India out to 2035;
- projects that address an identified gap or need;
- projects co‐funded by industry or that work to produce commercial collaborations; or
- projects that demonstrate a path to continuing in future years free from government funding.
The Board is seeking proposals for:
- innovative mechanisms to enhance outcomes in one or more of the 10 economic sectors identified in the India Economic Strategy
- innovative social ventures that build on signature national or bilateral initiatives such as India’s unique identity Aadhaar scheme or Australia India Strategic Research Fund projects on health, agribusiness, water, energy and resources, and urban infrastructure
- recognising and capitalising on the shared democratic, institutional and cultural traditions of Australia and India, for example, through our common parliamentary and legal systems, shared challenges in supporting gender equality and women in leadership, children, young people, Indigenous communities and diaspora
- connecting Australia and India through joint projects in an educational or community setting
In 2018, nine of the 113 grant applications were successful, with over $700,000 committed to projects of excellence. In 2019, it is anticipated between $600,000 to $700,000 will be granted to a number of small and medium projects.