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Australia-India Council Grants Program


The objectives of the Australia-India Council Grant Program are to:

  • raise awareness of Australia in India, and of India in Australia, in a way that encourages further growth in relations between the two countries, including in the trade and investment relationship
  • promote exchange and collaboration between Australian and Indian organisations in fields of relevance to the bilateral strategic partnership
  • deliver high quality programs that demonstrate Australia’s economic credentials and technical excellence to influential audiences in India
  • seek community involvement in, and private sector support for Australian engagement with India, including by encouraging corporate investment in collaborations that advance Australia-India relations
  • promote examples of successful bilateral relationships.

Priority areas

  • In 2020, 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;
  •  address an identified gap or need; and
  • are co-funded by industry or that work to produce commercial collaborations; or demonstrate a path to continuing in future years without government funding.

Key priority sectors of the 2020 AIC grant program and as identified in the India Economic Strategy are:

  • Education
  • Agribusiness
  • Resources
  • Tourism
  • Energy
  • Health
  • Financial Services
  • Infrastructure
  • Sport
  • Science and Innovation
Planned timeline
Activity Time
Applications open 09:00 Wednesday 5 February 2020 (Canberra time, UTC +11)
Applications close 14:00 Tuesday 14 April 2020 (Canberra time, UTC +11)
Assessment of applications 9-12 weeks
Approval of outcomes of selection process July 2020
Negotiations and award of grant agreements July 2020
Notification to unsuccessful applicants July 2020
Project activity to commence Before June 2021

Grant funding

Grants will be provided to a number of small and medium projects (up to a maximum of $150,000 each) that demonstrate a clear capacity to maximise impact by fostering ground-breaking collaborations that catalyse positive bilateral engagement.

Project costs relate to the scope of the grant activity, its complexity, proposed outcomes, and strategic advantage, and should be proportionate with administration and sensible risk management expectations.

Co-contributions from your organisation and other parties must be included and will be regarded positively.

Grant Guidelines

Grant Guidelines

Previous grant activity

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