Australia India Council Annual Report 1999–2000
The AustraliaÂIndia Council receives its program funding from the Australian Government in the form of an annual grant-in-trust administered by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The Council received new program funding in 1999Â2000 of $750 000.
During 1999Â2000 the AIC spent $592 813 on a range of projects either initiated by the Council, or initiated by individuals or organisations who sought and obtained funding under the CouncilÂs competitive funding application process.
The total value of activities which received AIC funding was far greater than this sum, as many of the activities involved substantial joint funding and in-kind support from other organisations and individuals in both countries. The CouncilÂs experience has been that AIC funding has generally attracted contributions from project participants, or other individuals or organisations, at two to three times the level of Council project expenditure.
The Council considered 61 applications for funding during 1999Â2000, providing funding for 40 of the projects represented by these applications. The amounts provided for specific projects ranged from $1 600 to $74 346.
The Council gave priority in funding to program areas including agribusiness, the environment, law, medicine and public health, mining and energy, technology, heritage conservation, performing and visual arts and arts management.
During 1999Â2000, a total of 102 people, comprising 16 Indian women, 25 Indian men, 30 Australian women and 31 Australian men, travelled between Australia and India in connection with projects supported by the Council.