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IRGP – Council on Australia Latin America Relations (COALAR)


This program aims to enhance Australia’s economic, political and social relations with Latin America. 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:
- Enhanced and strengthened links between Australia and Latin America, particularly in the areas of mutual economic support (encompassing two way trade and investment), education, sustainability and applied research, sport, culture and tourism, aligned closely with the policy of economic diplomacy.
- Closer engagement at a corporate level between Australia and Latin America.
- Increased engagement with and understanding of Australia in Latin America, and of Latin America in Australia.
- The provision of advice to government about opportunities that will enhance the Australia-Latin America relationship.

In the 2019-20 grant round the council will consider favorably projects that strengthen relations with priority countries Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru, as well as through the Pacific Alliance.

Grant applications for a minimum of $10,000 or maximum of $50,000 per year will be considered. 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. Co-contributions from the applicants and other parties strengthen their application.

A total funding pool of between $250,000 and $300,000 in 2019-20 is available for this grant opportunity, subject to appropriation, starting in July 2019.

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) Citizen or organisation from the countries stated in Section 2.2 of the Guidelines
j) Well-established organisation in a country specified in Section 2.2 of the Guidelines with a business purpose to advocate for Australian business, education and/or cultural interests.
- 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 activities include those that address the following priority areas:
- Mutual economic support
- Education, sustainability and applied research
- Sport, arts and culture and tourism

Please refer to the Guidelines for the complete list of eligible activities/costs.

Main Assessment Criteria

The main assessment criteria include the:
- Proposal demonstrates relevance to one or more of the following objectives as indicated in the COALAR Strategic Plan and Funding Priorities.
- Project outcomes offer prospects for ongoing self-sustaining activity.
- Project involves a sharing and transfer of expertise from which institutions or individuals in both countries would benefit, and in ways that would directly advance COALAR’s objectives
- Applicant demonstrates the ability to plan, manage and evaluate the project.
- Project outcomes are achievable within the stated timeframe and represent value for money.

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 are not a citizen of, or organisation from, the countries specified in Section 2.2 of the Guidelines.
- 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.

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

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Documentation Uploaded
Guidelines 2019-01-22 Download
Simple Grant Funding Agreement 2019-01-22 Download
Reporting and Acquittal Form 2019-01-22 Download
Domestic Vendor Creation/Amendment Form 2019-01-22 Download
International Vendor Creation/Amendment Form 2019-01-22 Download
Recipients 2019-01-22 Download

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

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Status Pending
Opening Date 5 Feb 2019
Start By Date 14 Mar 2019
Closing Date 28 Mar 2019
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 $50,000
Total Funding Pool $300,000(Est)
Co-contribution Yes
Competitive Yes
Eligible Activities
Other : 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 on Australia Latin America Relations (COALAR)
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