Friendship Grants to connect Australians communities with Indo Pacific

South West people and organisations has a long history supporting overseas aid programs.

Now, thanks to a new program announced as part of the 2018/19 Federal Budget, eligible Australian community organisations can be funded by the Australian aid program through Australian Aid: Friendship Grants.

“Australian Aid: Friendship Grants will bring a new and diverse group of community partners from across Australia into the aid program by awarding grants to organisations who are not currently partnering with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade,” Member for Forrest Nola Marino said.

“Eligible organisations include charities, local governments, professional organisations, diaspora groups and volunteer groups.”

Australian community organisations can apply for funding for activities in eligible countries in the Indo-Pacific region.

“Eligible activities include those which build on existing projects to improve the lives of poor and vulnerable people in a way that is sustainable, which use successful or innovative approaches to problem solving that have potential for wider application, and activities that assist and strengthen an overseas community’s socio economic situation,” Mrs Marino said.

“The first grant round will open on 18 June with the first grants to be awarded from September.

“I encourage eligible South West organisations to consider applying for an Australian Aid: Friendship Grant. “

For more information and to register your interest, go to dfat.gov.au/FriendshipGrants.