ACTIVITIES - Grant funding
Grant funding - Australian studies - Commerce - Education - Indian studies - Institutional and professional links - International relations - Performing and visual arts - Print and electronic media and film - Public awareness - Science and technology - Sport
Most AIC-supported activities, whether initiated by the Council or independently, obtain AIC funding as grants in response to applications under the Councils formal grant application process.
The grant process enables the initiative and enthusiasm of a wide range of individuals and organisations to be encouraged and supported in furthering the Councils objectives of broadening and deepening the Australia-India relationship. Council grants often provide significant continuing benefits for a modest initial outlay, in partnership with other agencies, and have sometimes helped to identify areas worthy of more systematic Council program involvement.
Council grant funding has often enabled Australian organisations to invite leading Indian practitioners in the arts, science, the professions and other areas to visit Australia to participate in prestigious events. Noted Indian writer Arundhati Roy, recipient of the 1998 Booker Prize for literature, participated in the Adelaide Writers Festival in March 1998 with Council funding support, attracting strong public and news media interest. (Photo: David Lange)
AIC grants are intended to provide seeding funds for innovative proposals that further the aims and objectives of the Council. Under the grant process, applicants complete a detailed form setting out the merits of their case. This process, under which all applicants use consistent documents and all applications are assessed by a standard appraisal procedure, helps to ensure consistency and equity in Council funding decisions.
The Council attaches a series of conditions to its grant funding, including that all grant applications be assessed against the following guidelines:
Grant applications are considered by the Council at its meetings, which normally take place three or four times each year. It is the responsibility of grant applicants to ensure that applications are received by the Council at least four weeks prior to the respective Council meeting.
A brief summary of the principal AIC-funded activities, both Council-initiated and in response to independent funding applications, follows for each Council funding program.
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