AUSTRALIAN AID PROGRAM AN OPPORTUNITY TO INCREASE ENGAGEMENT
Wednesday, 24 July 2019
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has opened applications for Round two of the Australian Aid: Friendship Grants program, to support Australian engagement in the Indo-Pacific region.
Member for Wright, Scott Buchholz has called on local organisations, such as charities, church organisations and volunteer groups to participate.
“Round one was successful in increasing engagement with regional partners, to deliver projects in countries such as business training for women in Myanmar, rural development in the Philippines and better healthcare in Papua New Guinea.
“Strong relationships with regional partners promote inclusive development, regional security and poverty reduction. These grants are an investment in our region, our friends and Australians, by building the skillsets of volunteers and the capacity of Australian not-for-profit organisations,” Scott Buchholz said.
Scott Buchholz said he wanted locals to have the opportunity to participate in this increasing engagement.
“I want as many groups in Wright to participate in this program. These people have the capacity to be representatives of our region, our country and build on connecting our communities with those of the Indo-Pacific region,” Scott Buchholz said.
The three-year Australian Aid: Friendship Grants program will bring some of the best of these organisations into the Australian aid program by providing grants of $30,000 to $60,000, allowing them to expand or enhance their existing international development activities.
Applications close at 1.00pm (AEST) on 10 September 2019 and more information on applications can be found at https://dfat.gov.au/aid/who-we-work-with/friendshipgrants/Pages/program-information.aspx