IRGP – The Australia-India Council (AIC)Overview
This program seeks to advance Australia’s foreign and trade policy interests by building awareness and understanding between the peoples and institutions of Australia and India. 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:
- 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 strategic 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, the council’s diplomacy efforts including by encouraging corporate investment in collaborations that advance Australia India relations.
Promote examples of successful bilateral relationship.
Grants of up to $150,000 are available. Co-contributions from the applicant and other parties strengthen their application.
A total funding pool between $600,000 and $700,000 is available in 2020.
The Australia-India Council has postponed its 2020-21 grant round in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Applicants are encouraged to resubmit their applications when the round reopens.
Eligible applicants must:
- Be one of the following entity types:
a) Australian entity with an Australian Business Number (ABN) or Australian Company Number (ACN), or Indigenous Corporation Number (ICN)
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) Be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
- Be 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 contact and 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). Only one application, per university or institution, will be eligible for approval.
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
Priority will be given to projects that:
- Support the recommendations of the India Economic Strategy: an ambitious plan to transform Australia’s economic partnership with India out to 2035.
- Address an identified gap or need.
- Are co-funded by industry or that work to produce commercial collaborations; or demonstrate a path to continuing in future years without government funding.
Applicants can only spend grant funds on eligible grant activities as defined in the grant details in their grant agreement
The main assessment criteria include:
- How the grant activity will contribute to the objectives of the Australia-India Council and the priority sectors outlined in the India Economic Strategy.
- The project’s ability to shift perceptions, build collaborations and be sustained over time.
- The extent to which the project establishes innovative and dynamic linkages; overcomes an identified problem; or leverages a major event to build deeper relations between Australia and India.
- How the project aims to identify and deliver Australia’s knowledge and expertise to fill a market gap in India, in one or more of the ten sectors identified in the India Economic Strategy.
- How the applicants intend to deliver dynamic digital media and/or reach a wide and influential audience in line with the Australia-India Council’s ‘A Dynamic Mix’ communication platform.
- How well the project demonstrates its capacity to meet the key performance indicators built into the grant application and acquittal forms.
The following are ineligible for funding:
- Not an Australian, a permanent resident of Australia or an Australian 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.
- Activities which are already commercially viable in their own right.
Please refer to the Guidelines for the complete list of restrictions.
- Research & Development
- Business Support