Australian Agency for International Development
Grants for NGOs and businesses in environment, climate change, agriculture, water and sanitation, and disaster risk reduction
Principal Office: Australia
The Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) is part of Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. AusAID works to help developing countries reduce poverty and achieve sustainable development, with a special focus on the Asia-Pacific region.
Among the Agency’s several thematic areas are environment and climate change, agriculture and food security, water and sanitation, and disaster risk reduction.
Grant Programs for Agriculture, Energy, Environment, Natural Resources
1 — Grants for Australian NGOs. The AusAID NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP) makes grants to accredited Australian non-government organizations to implement their own international development programs.
[content_box box_type=”e.g. normal”]APPLICATION: The ANCP explains its funding allocations, and it presents program guidelines and other supporting information. Accredited NGOs submit their development plans to AusAID each year.
2 — Grants for NGOs in Developing Countries. Civil society organizations in developing countries may be able to access funding through the Direct Aid Program (DAP). The DAP provides limited funding to support local organizations for small-scale activities during short periods, normally up to two years.
APPLICATION: Potential applicants contact the relevant Australian Embassy or High Commission to inquire about funding possibilities. Grant availability, and guidelines for how to apply, are determined locally by each participating Embassy or High Commission.
3 — Partnerships with the Private Sector. Australia’s aid program includes a new emphasis on improved environments for business and investment, growth in specific markets, and maximizing the development impact of businesses. Investment priorities include agriculture, fisheries, and water (among others).
APPLICATION: Potentially interested companies work within the framework of AusAID’s partner countries and program priorities. They should contact the relevant Australian Embassy or High Commission if located in a partner country, or the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade if located in Australia.
Geographical Distribution of Grant Activities in Developing Countries
AusAID identifies programs in the following countries, classified according to the regional structure of the Terra Viva Grants Directory.
Southeast Asia and Pacific Islands: Cambodia, Fiji, Indonesia, Laos, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Myanmar, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Vietnam
East Asia: Mongolia
South Asia: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka
Eurasia and Central Asia: Afghanistan
Middle East and North Africa: Palestinian Territories, Syria
Notes: (i) AusAID has a presence in some Pacific Islands (e.g.,Cook Islands, Niue, and Tokelau) not defined as countries in the Terra Viva Grants Directory. (ii) AusAID engages in Sub-Saharan Africa through a regional approach. Other regional programs are defined for South and West Asia, East Asia, and the Pacific region – in addition to country programs that overlap with these regions. The regional program for Latin America and the Caribbean is being phased out.
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