IRGP – Australia-Japan Foundation (AJF) Grant ProgramOverview
This program seeks to advance Australia’s engagement with Japan by supporting people-to-people linkages, promoting a contemporary image of Australia in Japan, and facilitating informed discussion on key bilateral foreign and trade policy issues.
It is part of International Relations Grants Program (IRGP) that promote people-to-people links and a contemporary and positive image of Australia and support for the Australian government’s international policy goals.
The objectives of the program are to:
- Increase awareness and understanding in Japan of shared interests with Australia.
- Increase awareness and understanding in Australia of the importance of Japan to Australia as an economic and strategic partner.
- Increase recognition in Japan of Australian excellence and expertise.
Grant applications for a minimum of $10,000 or maximum of $50,000 per year will be considered. Funding will also be available for project proposals that can demonstrate potential to strategically shift and advance the Australia-Japan relationship in a worthwhile and sustainable way. The Board will consider grant amounts of over $50,000 but not normally above $100,000; and multi-year funding of up to three years. Co-contributions from the applicant and other parties strengthen their application.
It is anticipated that most grants will be between $20,000 and $40,000 per year, depending on the scope of the grant activity and its complexity.
A total funding pool of between $630,000 and $730,000 is available in 2019-20, subject to appropriation, starting in July 2019.
Eligible applicants must be:
- One of the following entity types:
a) Australian entity with an Australian Business Number (ABN) or Australian Company Number (ACN)
b) Consortium with a lead organisation
c) Registered charity or not-for-profit organisation
d) Australian local government body
e) Australian State/Territory government body
f) Corporate Commonwealth entity
g) Australian statutory authority
h) Australian or permanent resident of Australia
i) Japanese citizen or organisation
- Willing to provide or develop child protection guidelines for the project if it involves people under the age of 18 years.
Applications from consortia are acceptable, provided they have a lead applicant who is the main driver of the project and is eligible as per the list above.
Individuals who intend the grant to be administered by a university should apply on behalf of the university (i.e. university is the applicant).
Eligible projects include those that relate to the following AJF's priority areas for funding:
- Communication, information and advocacy
- Economic diplomacy and geopolitics
- Education and Australian studies
- Scientific innovation
- Society and culture and sport
Please refer to the Guidelines for the complete list of eligible activities.
The main assessment criteria include:
- Relevance: How will the grant activity contribute to Australia-Japan Foundation’s objectives?
- Need: What is the need for the particular grant activity in the particular location/demographic or how does the proposed grant activity address a specific need?
- Capability and capacity: What is the capability and capacity of the applicant to undertake the grant activity?
- Value for money: How the applicant will spend Commonwealth of Australia funds in a way that represents value for money?
- Impact: What is the grant activities’ potential for raising awareness of Australia in Japan/Japan in Australia and does it promote a contemporary and positive image of Australia?
Please refer to the Guidelines for the complete list of the assessment criteria.
The following are ineligible for funding:
- Not an Australian, a permanent resident of Australia or an Australian organisation and not a Japanese citizen or organisation.
- A previous applicant who has failed to provide a full and proper acquittal of an earlier IRGP grant.
- 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.
- Scholarships to individual students.
- Completed projects.
Please refer to the Guidelines for the complete list of restrictions.
- Research & Development
- Business Support