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IRGP – Council for Australian-Arab Relations (CAAR)


This program seeks to strengthen Australian-Arab relations by advancing areas of shared political, economic and social interest and building a greater awareness and appreciation of each other's cultures and values.

It is part of the 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:
- Empower the peoples of Australia and the Arab world to develop a holistic and contemporary mutual understanding.
- Support positive and collaborative relationships between Australia's Arab diaspora communities and the broader Australian community.
- Support activities that encourage increased trade and investment between the two regions.

Grant applications for a minimum of $10,000 or maximum of $40,000 per year will be considered. Multicultural festivals and film festivals will be capped at $15,000. Co-contributions from applicants and other parties strengthen their application.

A total funding pool of $409,500 is available in 2020-21, subject to appropriation, starting in July 2020.

Who Can Apply?

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) Be a non-Australian citizen/resident individual or organisation working in partnership with an Australian individual or organisation, where this will enhance Australian economic, cultural and social relations with the Arab world.
- Willing to provide or develop child protection guidelines for their 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. their university is the applicant).

Eligible Activities

Eligible costs include:
- Economy flights, modest accommodation costs, meals and travel allowances, other transport
- Communication and translation
- Venue hire and catering
- Advertising and promotion, graphic design, photography and printed material
- Production costs, including freight and artists’ wages

Applicants are encouraged to consider the use of an Indigenous supplier, if they intend to subcontract any of the services above.

Main Assessment Criteria

The main assessment criteria include whether the project:
- The proposal has clearly defined objectives consistent with one or more of CAAR's strategic objectives.
- The project outcomes must:
a) Be realistic, efficient and achievable within the stated timeframes.
b) Offer prospects for ongoing self-sustaining activity.
c) Represent value for money.
- The project's potential to engage a wide and/or influential audience.
- Preference will be given to applications that demonstrate the following:
a) Multiple sponsors from other sources including corporate sponsors, and/or future self-sustainability.
b) The ability to plan, manage and evaluate the project, including evidence of qualifications/experience and the applicant’s established record of achievement in the development and management of relevant projects.
- Cultural competency
a) Capacity to deliver quality, culturally competent services.
b) Cultural understanding of areas where the activity will be delivered, including the acceptance of their organisation by local communities in these areas.
c) Their commitment to development principles, through co-design, the use of minority suppliers or affirmative action recruitment measures.

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 individual or organisation working in partnership with an Australian or Australian organisation, where this will promote Australian-Arab relations.
- 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.
- Activities which are already commercially viable in their own right.

Please refer to the Guidelines for the complete list of restrictions.

  • Start-up
  • Research & Development
  • Marketing
  • Export
  • Business Support
Documentation Uploaded
FAQs 2020-01-31 Download
Recipients 2019-12-18 Download
Guidelines 2019-12-18 Download

Use these documents as a guide only - always get the latest direct from the Administrator

Status Pending
Opening Date 31 Jan 2020
Start By Date 2 Mar 2020
Closing Date 16 Mar 2020
Closing Information
This program is available annually. The next funding round is yet to be announced.

Funding Type Grant
Min.Funding $10,000
Max.Funding $40,000
Total Funding Pool $409,500
Co-contribution Yes
Competitive Yes
Eligible Activities
Transport and Distribution
Innovation and R&D
Infrastructure / Equipment
Education : General
Health : General
Infrastructure : General
Multicultural : Other
Gender Any
Age Any
Who Can Apply?
General - Non-Industry Specific
Eligible Organisation Type(s)
Difficulty Rating
Tier Federal
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Program Administrator
Council for Australian-Arab Relations (CAAR)
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