Small grant scheme for Australia Awards alumni

Australian alumni in Sri Lanka have been instrumental in providing significant contributions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Aligned with priorities identified in the Partnerships for Recovery: Australia’s COVID-19 Development Response, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) intends to support and build on these alumni initiatives through the availability of a small grant scheme for Australia Awards alumni in Sri Lanka.

In responding to COVID-19 recovery initiatives, alumni proposals that are linked to the below priority sectors highlighted in the Partnerships for Recovery: Australia’s COVID-19 Development Response will be given priority in the selection process.

Health Security Stability Economic Recovery
Mental health Food security Economic recovery
Women and disability Social security Managing the economic slowdown
Issues connected to children
(abuse or disability, for example)
Employment security Reducing the impact of the economic crisis on the most vulnerable
Gender-based violence Economic security

 

Funding will be available for 15 grants of AUD 3,000 each that support          COVID-19 response and recovery efforts initiated by alumni. All projects must be completed within 3 months of grant signing.

Interested applicants should read the information below on how to to apply.

The objectives of the small grants scheme are to:

  • Increase sustainability in the development objectives of Sri Lanka and Maldives
  • Combine capacities of skilled professionals to achieve common development objectives, and
  • Establish a platform for sector specialists/organisations to develop linkages/consortiums that can continue to work with/or without the support of a small grant.

The small grants are 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 and Maldives to address challenges in the wake of COVID-19, with a particular focus on gender equality, the empowerment of women and girls, health security, stability, social cohesion and economic recovery connected to the effects of COVID-19.

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:

  • An individual alumnus/alumna
  • A group consisting of up to five global alumni (the principal applicant MUST be an Australia Awards Scholarships or Short Course alumni)

Proposed activities need to be closely aligned with priorities identified in DFAT’s Partnerships for Recovery: Australia’s COVID-19 Development Response.

A duly filled application form and budget together with other required documentation must be submitted to alumni@australiaawardssrilanka.org by 23 September 2020. Hard copy applications will not be accepted.

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

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