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IRGP – The Australia-India Council (AIC)


This program aims to advance Australia’s foreign and economic 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.
- Publicise the council's activities as a means of encouraging broad support for the council's role and the 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 2019-20.

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) 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 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 can only spend grant funds on eligible grant activities as defined in the grant details in their grant agreement.  

Main Assessment Criteria

The main assessment criteria include:
- The extent to which the project’s description and objectives are clearly defined and consistent with the Australia-India Council’s objectives.
- How well the project demonstrates the potential to shift perceptions, build collaborations and be sustained overtime.
- 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.
- The extent to which applications aim to identify and deliver Australia’s knowledge and expertise to fill a market gap in India, for example, in the areas of education and skills, science, resources, energy, health, water, agribusiness and urban infrastructure.
- The extent to which the application delivers dynamic digital media and/or reaches a wide and influential audience.
- How well the project demonstrates its capacity to meet the key performance indicators built in to 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.

  • Start-up
  • Research & Development
  • Marketing
  • Export
  • Business Support
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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
Max.Funding $150,000
Total Funding Pool $700,000(Est)
Co-contribution Yes
Competitive Yes
Eligible Activities
Innovation and R&D
Arts : General
Education : General
Health : General
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
Australia-India Council (AIC)
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