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Australia-India Council 2020 Grants Round

Contact Details

Australia India Council

6261 3833


Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Close Date & Time:
18-Jan-2021 2:00 pm (ACT Local Time)
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Internal Reference ID:
AIC 2020 Grants Round
Primary Category:
371004 - Public Diplomacy
Publish Date:
ACT, NSW, VIC, SA, WA, QLD, NT, TAS, Administered Territories, Overseas
Selection Process:
Open Competitive


The Australia-India Council (AIC) seeks to advance Australia’s foreign and trade policy interests by building awareness and understanding between the peoples and institutions of Australia and India.  

The objectives of the AIC 2020 Grant Program are:

  • support continuity in people-to-people and institutional engagement between Australia and India during and following the COVID-19 pandemic, when restrictions on travel and social distancing will limit opportunities for face-to-face engagement and inward and outbound visits. In this context, the round will target online and other activities or forms of engagement that help bring people together through virtual means and build cross-cultural linkages, but do not require travel and are consistent with government restrictions in response to COVID-19. The round will also prioritise applications that directly contribute to the priority needs of India during and immediately following the COVID-19 pandemic;
  • 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 economic 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; and
  •  promote examples of a successful bilateral relationship. 

To be eligible you must be one of the following entity types: 

  • an Australian entity with an Australian Business Number (ABN), 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; and
  •  willing to provide or comply with child protection guidelines for your project if it involves people under the age of 18 years.

 Applications from consortia are acceptable, provided you have a lead applicant who is the main driver of the project and is eligible per the list above. See Section 7.3 for more information about consortia.

 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. Only one application per university or institution will be eligible for approval.   

Grant Activity Timeframe:

Grant activity to commence before 30 June 2021 as specified in the application and in the guidelines.

Total Amount Available (AUD):


Estimated Grant Value (AUD):

From $10,000.00 to $150,000.00

Instructions for Application Submission:

Applications will only be accepted via the SmartyGrants website. The link to SmartyGrants and a copy of the guidelnes can be found on the website -

Other Instructions:

Previous applicants of the postponed grants round will be able to access their applications to make amendments in line with the new grant guidelines and selection criteria.

Contact Details

Australia India Council

6261 3833