Tips on applying for a DFAT Friendship Grant

Awareness kits at the launch of Australian Aid: Friendship Grants at the Parliament House on May 30, 2018. Photo by: Linda Roche / DFAT / CC BY

CANBERRA — More than 200 Australian community organizations applied for funding through the first round of the Friendship Grant initiative, a new program from Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade that aims to support community groups with ideas to enhance the country’s aid program.

A total of 46 recipients were announced in November, each received grants between 30,000-60,000 Australian dollars ($21,523-$43,046) to support a variety of initiatives in the Indo-Pacific region, including disability inclusion, gender equality, health care, and water and sanitation. For these groups, the work will soon begin on being a partner to the Australian aid program — and with it, requirements to report and demonstrate impact.

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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 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.