Small grant scheme for Australia Awards alumni

Australia grants are designed to provide grant recipients with the skills and knowledge to drive change and influence in economic and social development of the country. There are numerous challenges in bringing about such changes. Grants aim to address some of these challenges.

In line with its new International Development Policy, Australia’s current development cooperation program in Sri Lanka focuses on:

  • climate change
  • gender equality
  • disability support
  • engagement with indigenous community

The Australian High Commission in Sri Lanka intends to support and build on alumni initiatives directly connected to addressing the above priority areas in Sri Lanka through the offering of a small grant scheme that can be accessed by Australia Awards alumni in Sri Lanka.

Alumni proposals that are linked to the above priority sectors and those that incorporate gender equality, disability equity, the empowerment of women and girls, and climate action as cross-cutting themes will be given priority and evaluated in the selection process.

Funding will be available up to a maximum of AUD 5,000 per grant project. All projects must be completed within 6 months of signing a grant agreement.

The objectives of the small grants scheme are to:

  • increase sustainability in the development objectives of Sri Lanka
  • combine capabilities of skilled professionals to achieve common development objectives
  • establish a platform for sector specialists/organisations to develop linkages/consortia that can continue to work without the support of a grant
  • provide scholars and alumni with professional development activities to make them better leaders for development
  • support scholars and alumni to establish and maintain networks with Australians and Australian organisations

The small grant scheme is designed to assist proactive alumni in implementing activities contributing to sustainable development in Sri Lanka. Alumni can propose a development-related activity that supports Sri Lanka to address the defined priority areas of climate change, gender equality, disability support and engagement with the indigenous community.

All Australia Awards alumni currently residing in Sri Lanka are invited to submit applications, including those who studied in Australia through an Australia Awards Scholarship or Short Course, an Endeavour Scholarship or Fellowship.

Applications may be submitted as:

  1. an individual alumnus/alumna
  2. a group consisting of up to five global alumni (the principal applicant MUST be an Australia Awards Scholarships or Short Course alumni)


A duly filled application form and budget, together with other required documentation, must be submitted to by 6 November 2023. Hard copy applications will not be accepted.

Opportunities are awarded on a competitive basis and all decisions are final.

For further details on eligibility criteria, the application process and other formalities, please refer the small grant scheme guidelines in the application document section below.