Austrian Development Agency
Grants for projects in natural resources, environment, and energy — with emphasis on Austria’s “East” and “South”
Principal Office: Austria
The Austrian Development Agency (ADA) is the operational unit of Austrian Development Cooperation. The ADA implements bilateral aid programs and projects in partner developing countries in collaboration with public institutions, NGOs, and private enterprises.
The central purpose of Austria’s aid is to contribute towards reducing global poverty, safeguarding peace and human security, and protecting the environment.
Thematic priorities in ADA of relevance for the Terra Viva Grants Directory include environment and natural resources; water supply and sanitation; rural development; and energy.
Grant Programs for Agriculture, Energy, Environment, Natural Resources
1 — Grants for Austrian civil society organizations. ADA co-finances Austrian NGOs and other Austrian civil society organizations for their programs and projects in the developing world. This is through a variety of funding instruments, each of which has different requirements regarding the grant amounts and cost shares that ADA will fund.
APPLICATION: ADA publishes profiles of each NGO program. The information includes grant guidelines, application forms, budget forms, application deadlines, and other supporting materials.
2 — Grants for Austrian businesses. To support ADA’s partnerships with the private sector, Austrian companies can apply for grants to underwrite fact-finding missions, feasibility studies, and co-finance of project implementation expenses.
APPLICATION: Interested Austrian companies should contact ADA’s Business Partnership Office.
3 — Grants for organizations in partner countries. The ADA accepts proposals from government bodies and civil society organizations in its partner countries. The proposed projects must contribute to the priorities of Austrian cooperation, i.e., its regional and country strategies.
APPLICATION: Interested organizations prepare and submit concept notes to the relevant ADA field offices. ADA posts its country strategies, and it lists its field offices (in programs).
Geographical Distribution of Grant Activities in Developing Countries
The priority countries for Austria’s development cooperation are identified below in the regional structure of the Terra Viva Grants Directory.
South Asia: Bhutan
Eurasia and Central Asia: Armenia, Georgia
Eastern Europe and Russia: Albania, Kosovo, Moldova
Middle East and North Africa: Palestinian Territories
Sub-Saharan Africa: Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Uganda
Note: ADA defines a regional approach for development cooperation in the Caribbean; Himalaya-Hindu Kush; Danube Region and Western Balkans; and Black Sea Region and South Caucasus.
ADA’s website is available in German and English.
Grant seekers outside Austria may want to connect with the Austrian Platform for Development and Humanitarian Aid. The Platform offers news, issues, events, and partner links (in German and partially in English).