Special Grant Round 2020-2021 for Organisations and Individuals in LAC and Australia
The Council on Australia Latin America Relations has opened a new Special Grant Round 2020-2021 with the focus theme of ‘Economic Recovery’ and will support innovative activities that use digital technologies to strengthen relationships between Australia and Latin America and contribute to COVID-19 economic recovery.
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The program promotes people-to-people links and a contemporary and positive image of Australia to support the Australian Government’s international policy goals.
The objectives of the program include:
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Strengthening bilateral relationships in areas of mutual interest with particular countries and regions;
Build understanding, trust and influence across international networks, collaboration and connections between institutions and communities;
Enhancing Australian international reputation and reach through the promotion of our economic, creative and cultural, sporting, innovation and science, and education assets; and
Increased understanding of Australians of the cultures and opportunities in each of these countries.
The Australian Government has announced a total of AUD$400,000 is available in 2020-21 for this grant opportunity, subject to appropriation.
The grant opportunity will run from 1 April 2021 to 30 September 2021.
The minimum grant amount is $10,000 (GST exclusive).
The maximum grant amount is $50,000 (GST exclusive).
Co-contributions from applicants and/or other parties will make the application more competitive but there is not an explicit requirement to provide a co-contribution.
Eligible Grant Activities
To be eligible, you can only spend grant funds on eligible grant activities as defined in the grant details in your grant agreement. You must use the grant for the following activities:
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Communication, including digital technology, and translation;
Advertising and promotion, graphic design, photography and printed material;
Production costs, including freight and artists’ wages (for art-cultural projects);
One principal speaker and the subject of the project is of direct relevance to the grant opportunity;
Venue hire and catering;
Domestic travel, where it complies with local COVID-19 restrictions, including economy flights, modest accommodation costs, meals and travel allowances, other transport.
You cannot use the grant for the following activities:
Capital expenditure, including purchase of real estate and vehicles;
Purchase of equipment (for example, musical instruments, computers, videos, photographic or printing equipment);
The covering of retrospective costs or recurrent funding of activities;
Activities which are already commercially viable in their own right ;
Activities which will provide commercial advantage to the applicant (e.g. promotion of the applicant’s own business);
Costs incurred in the preparation of a grant application or related documentation;
Subsidy of general ongoing administration of an organisation such as electricity, phone, rent, salaries (including for research assistants or administrative staff), honorariums or administrative charges levied by the applicant’s organisation;
Activities for which other Commonwealth, State, Territory or Local Government bodies have primary responsibility (e.g. academic research, assistance to business, development assistance projects);
Activities undertaken by primary or high schools, including study tours, where travel by a significant number of students is the principal element of the proposal;
Scholarships to individual students;
Domestic travel or accommodation activities that do not comply with local COVID-19 restrictions; and
Domestic travel and accommodation for attendance at conferences or meetings, participation in fieldwork or sporting or other events, even where the travel will comply with local COVID-19 restrictions.
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To be eligible applicants must be one of the following entity types:
An Australian entity with either an Australian Business Number (ABN)or Australian Company Number (ACN) or indigenous Corporation Number (ICN);
An Australian consortium with a lead organisation;
An Australian registered charity or not-for-profit organisation;
An Australian local government body;
An Australian State/Territory government body;
A corporate Commonwealth entity;
An Australian statutory authority;
An Australian or permanent resident of Australia;
A citizen or organisation from one of the following countries in Latin America: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, Ecuador, Guatemala, México, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú and Uruguay;
A well-established organisation in a Latin American country with a business purpose to advocate for Australian business, education and/or cultural interests;
Be willing to provide or develop child protection guidelines for your project if it involves people under the age of 18 years.
Applications from consortia are acceptable, provided applicants have a lead applicant who can manage the project and is eligible as per the list.
Individuals who intend the grant to be administered by a university should apply on behalf of the university, i.e. your university is the applicant.
Applicants are not eligible to apply if they are:
Not an Australian, a permanent resident of Australia or an Australian organisation and are not a citizen of, or organisation from, Latin America.
A previous applicant who has failed to provide a full and proper acquittal of an earlier IRGP grant.
With the agreement of the Secretariat, applicants may be eligible if they are able to provide an interim report ensuring that existing grant funding will be expended prior to the commencement of the new grant requested.
For more information, visit https://www.dfat.gov.au/people-to-people/foundations-councils-institutes/coalar/grants