Producing a winning funding application: Lessons from the business partnerships program

What makes a successful funding application? Photo by: Pixabay

CANBERRA — Ten projects have been awarded funding of up to $500,000 Australian dollars ($377,000) from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade through round two of their business partnerships platform, or BPP.

DFAT demonstrates priorities with new 'Business Partnerships Platform' funding

A collaboration between Sri Lanka-based telecommunication company Dialog and consulting firm Ernst & Young highlights the increasing importance of private sector engagement, innovation, and gender for Australia's aid program.

Round two funded projects include a Fairtrade Australian and New Zealand and Krissy Co. partnership to improve access to markets for smallholder coconut farmers in Samoa, a partnership between Oxfam International and Bangladesh SME Corporation Limited to improve the dairy sector and promote sustainable energy use in Bangladesh, a partnership between the Mennonite Economic Development Associates and East-West Seed to create new markets for seeds and vegetables in Myanmar, and MEDA and Engro to partner in inclusive seed systems for Pakistan.

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    Lisa Cornish

    Lisa Cornish is a Devex Reporter based in Canberra, where she focuses on the Australian aid community. Lisa formerly worked with News Corp Australia as a data journalist for the national network and was published throughout Australia in major metropolitan and regional newspapers, including the Daily Telegraph in Melbourne, Herald Sun in Melbourne, Courier-Mail in Brisbane, and online through news.com.au. Lisa additionally consults with Australian government providing data analytics, reporting and visualization services. Lisa was awarded the 2014 Journalist of the Year by the New South Wales Institute of Surveyors.