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Australian Aid: Friendship Grants

Round 2 – Recipients and Next Steps

Round 2 Outcomes – postponed until further notice

We have made the decision to postpone the announcement and awarding of the Round 2 Friendship Grants due to the uncertainty and rapidly changing situation associated with COVID-19, including around travel arrangements.

An announcement will be made as soon as possible about the program.

Round 2 Friendship Grant recipients

In the highly competitive second round of Friendship Grants, applications were received from community organisations from every state and territory in Australia.

DFAT awarded 67 grants to Australian community organisations to expand or enhance their international development activities in 15 countries in our region.

Friendship Grant recipients deliver activities in a range of sectors including health care, education, and gender equality, addressing at least 13 of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The SDGs are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure all people enjoy peace and prosperity.
Applicants self-selected which SDG their activity will address. Successful applications have been grouped according to these SDGs.

Round 2 Friendship Grant recipients [PDF 620 KB] | [Word 325 KB]

* Subject to change

Grant agreement

Friendship Grant recipients are required to sign a legally binding agreement with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Draft Grant Agreement for Round 2 [PDF 148 KB] | [Word 69 KB]

DFAT Friendship Grants Briefing

Grant recipients are required to attend a compulsory two‑day Briefing in Canberra in March 2020. Up to two representatives from the successful organisation can participate in the Briefing. Only one participant can use their Round 2 Friendship Grant to cover reasonable travel and accommodation costs.

Please see the Round 2 Guidelines [PDF 637 KB] | [Word 1.30 MB] for further details.


Friendship Grant recipients must complete a mid-term and final report on their Activity. You can download the draft report templates below, which may be subject to minor changes.

Monitoring and evaluation guidance has been drafted to help Friendship Grant recipients with their reporting to DFAT. It is also provided here so that you and your in-country community partners are aware of how DFAT expects you to collect data to report on the progress of your Activity and explain the change(s) that occurred in the community as a result.

Draft Friendship Grants Monitoring and Evaluation Guidance Note – Round 2 [PDF 150 KB] | [Word 170 KB]

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