Australian Aid: Friendship Grants - Round two now open

  • Media release
16 July 2019

Applications for the second round of Australian Aid: Friendship Grants are now open.

Australian Aid: Friendship Grants are part of the Australian Government's commitment to strengthening relationships with our partners in the Indo-Pacific.

Established in 2018, the three-year $10 million program supports community organisations' development efforts overseas. Eligible not-for-profit organisations can apply for one-off grants of $30,000 to $60,000.

In its inaugural round last year, DFAT received more than 200 applications and awarded Friendship Grants to 46 organisations to support an impressive range of projects delivered by Australians across the region. These included well drilling to improve water supply in the Solomon Islands, training for early childhood teachers in Timor-Leste, and conducting free eye tests and cataract operations for vulnerable people in Indonesia.

These activities are strengthening our relationships with overseas partners and delivering real, lasting benefits to communities across the Indo-Pacific.

Applications will close at 1pm (AEST) on 10 September 2019.

For further information on the program, and the Round Two application documentation, please visit

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