Multicultural Arts and Festivals Grant: Strengthening Communities Across Australia

Deadline: 28 April 2016

The Australian Government Department of Social Services (DSS) is currently inviting organisations to apply for Multicultural Arts and Festivals funding for events to be held between 1 July 2016 and 30 June 2017. This funding is available through an open process to deliver services under the Families and Communities – Strengthening Communities – Multicultural Arts and Festivals.

The Families and Communities Programme aims to strengthen relationships, support families, improve children’s wellbeing and increase participation in community life to strengthen family and community functioning, and reduce the costs of family breakdown.

Programme Structure

The following seven Activities make up the Programme and support the Commonwealth Government’s priorities and responsibilities:

  • Financial Wellbeing and Capability
  • Families and Children
  • Strengthening Communities
  • Settlement Services
  • Civil Society
  • Families and Communities Service Improvement
  • National Initiatives

Grants Availability

Total funding of $125,000 is available to 30 June 2017 to deliver Multicultural Arts and Festivals. Up to $5,000 is available for each project that will be held before 30 June 2017.

Eligibility Criteria

The following entity types meet the eligibility requirements to be invited to apply for a grant for this Activity:

  • Incorporated Associations (incorporated under state/territory legislation, commonly have ‘Association’ or ‘Incorporated’ or ‘Inc.’ in their legal name)
  • Incorporated Cooperatives (also incorporated under state/territory legislation, commonly have ‘Cooperative’ in their legal name)
  • Companies (incorporated under the Corporations Act 2001 – may be a proprietary company (limited by shares or by guarantee) or public companies)
  • Aboriginal Corporations (incorporated under the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006)
  • Organisations established through a specific piece of Commonwealth or state/territory legislation (public benevolent institutions, churches, universities, unions etc.
  • Partnerships, and Trustees on behalf of a Trust
  • Not-for-profit entity types specified above meet the eligibility requirements.

The following entity types may be eligible and invited to apply in special circumstances:

  • For-profit entity types listed above
  • State and territory Governments (as a sponsor organisation only – where the organization intended to receive the grant is not a legal entity and no other suitable sponsor is available)
  • Local Governments.

How to Apply

  • To apply, applicants will need to complete the Application Form.
  • Applications must be received electronically by the closing date and time as stated in the Application Pack.

For more information, please visit Multicultural Arts and Festivals Grants.

Call for Applications: Australia-Germany Joint Research Co-operation Scheme

Deadline: 17 June 2016

Universities of Australia together with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is currently inviting applications for the Australia-Germany Joint Research Co-operation Scheme, aiming to foster research collaboration of the highest quality between Australian researchers from Universities Australia member universities and German researchers from German universities and research institutes.

The scheme will support exchanges for Australian researchers to spend time at partner institutions in Germany and for collaborating German researchers to spend time at Australian universities. Researchers must be working on a joint research project with their German counterparts, rather than simply furthering their own individual research in Germany.

The support of early career researchers and junior scholars is a significant focus of this scheme.

Funding Available

  • The maximum amount of funding available per Australian application is AUD 12,500 per year.
  • Grants will cover the costs of economy airfares and living expenses and are provided directly by the applicant’s university.
  • Each university will nominate its own level of financial contribution and will only fund projects which involve its own researchers and students.
  • Australian funding will cover the costs of:
    • return economy airfares from Australia to Germany;
    • a per diem of either maximum AUD250 per day or a maximum of AUD3500 per month per person.
  • The maximum amount of funding available per German application is EUR 8,000 per project per year. Grants will cover the costs of economy airfares and living expenses

Eligibility Criteria

  • Australian applicants must be:
    • employed as an academic staff member in a teaching and research or research only role at the Australian university administering the application and with a contract at that university that is valid for the duration of the relevant funding period; or
    • enrolled for the duration of the relevant funding period as a PhD or Research Masters student at the Australian university administering the application and part of a research project application submitted by an eligible staff member at that same university.
  • The scheme is open to Australian researchers/research groups at participating Australian universities in all academic fields involved in a collaborative project with German research partners.
  • Researchers from the Humanities and Social Sciences are encouraged to apply.
  • German applicants must be based in Germany.

How to Apply

Proposals must be submitted online via electronic submission service of Participant Portal.

For more information, please visit this link.

Call for Applications: Commonwealth Bank Staff Community Fund Community Grants

Deadline: 28 March 2016

The Commonwealth Bank is currently inviting applications from the youth-focused community organisations across Australia, for its Staff Community Fund Community Grants to support the health and well being of Australian youth.

Award Information

The maximum amount payable by the SCF for each successful application will be $10,000. However, the SCF, in its absolute discretion, may choose to pay an amount less than $10,000 (the “Community Grant”).

Eligibility Criteria

  • To be eligible to receive a Community Grant, each applying organisation (“Organisation”) must:
    • run, manage, conduct or implement programs (each an “Eligible Youth Program”) that support children and youth up to the age of twenty-one years old in Australia;
    • be endorsed with Deductible Gift Recipient (“DGR”) status by the Australian Tax Office or Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission and maintain DGR status until such time as a Community Grant is paid; and
    • hold a current bank account in Australia in its name.
  • An Organisation may apply for a Community Grant for separate Eligible Youth Programs but only where each Eligible Youth Program:
    • is conducted in a separate location from any other Eligible Youth Program which is the subject of an application for a Community Grant; or
    • is managed by a part of the Organisation which operates out of its own distinct territorial location (eg. a State/Territory or part of a State/Territory).

How to Apply

Applicants are required to submit their completely filled online application form available on the website.

For more information, please visit Commonwealth Bank Community Grants.

Nominations Open for AMA Public Healthcare Awards! Recognizing Extraordinary Contributions to Health and Society in Australia

Deadline: 22 April 2016

Nominations are open for Australian Medical Association (AMA) Public Healthcare Awards 2016 for people who do extraordinary work in order to recognize their valuable contributions to health and society.

The Australian Medical Association (AMA) is the most influential membership organisation representing registered medical practitioners and medical students of Australia. The AMA exists to promote and protect the professional interests of doctors and the health care needs of patients and communities.

Supporting Medical Profession

The AMA supports the medical profession through a range of essential services including:

  • protecting the academic, professional, and economic independence of medical practitioners
  • protecting the wellbeing of medical practitioners
  • promoting and advancing ethical behaviour of the medical profession
  • protecting the integrity and independence of the doctor/patient relationship
  • preserving and protecting the political, legal and industrial interests of medical practitioners

Award Categories

  • AMA Excellence in Healthcare Award: for an individual, not necessarily a doctor or AMA member, who has made a significant contribution to improving health or health care in Australia. The person may be involved in health awareness, health policy, or health delivery.
  • AMA Woman in Medicine Award: for a member of the AMA who has made a major contribution to the medical profession.
  • AMA Women’s Health Award: for a person who does not have to be an AMA member, doctor or a female, but is somebody who has made a major contribution to women’s health.
  • AMA Men’s Health Award: for a person who does not have to be an AMA member, doctor or a male, but is somebody who has made a major contribution to men’s health.
  • AMA Youth Health Award: for a young person between 15-27 years who does not have to be an AMA member or doctor, but has made an outstanding contribution to youth health in Australia.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can submit their nominations electronically and email all documents at the address given on the website.

For more information, please visit Australian Medical Association Awards 2016.

Asia-Europe Foundation: Journalists’ Workshop on “Asia-Europe Digital Connectivity”

Deadline: 14 March 2016

The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) is inviting applicants for ASEF Journalists’ Workshop on “Asia-Europe Digital Connectivity” to provide an opportunity for 20 journalists to come together to share their professional media experiences and perspectives from national and regional levels, in a direct exchange with their regional counterparts.  It is a two day event which will be held from 7-11 May 2016 in Guangzhou, China.

This workshop will be a platform for the participants to share their journalistic experiences in and perspectives on handling digital connectivity from national and regional levels. Through discussions, the event will explore the current environment of ‘digital connect’ and the role of journalism in reflecting and facilitating ‘connectivity’ between diverse communities.

ASEF is the only permanently established institution of ASEM and is funded by voluntary contributions from its member governments and shares the financing of its projects with its civil society partners across Asia and Europe.


  • Strengthen Asia-Europe ties
  • Create shared experiences for learning and dialogue
  • Enhance mutual understanding
  • Explore opportunities for cooperation

Eligible Countries: Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brunei, Bulgaria, Cambodia, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, European Union, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India,  Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Lao PDR, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mongolia, Myanmar, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, United Kingdom, Viet Nam

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must:

  • be a citizen of an ASEM member country.
  • be currently working as a journalist (traditional media, online media, freelance are all eligible)
  • have more than 5 years of working experience as a journalist covering international affairs

How to Apply

Interested applicants can apply via given website.

For more information, please visit Asia-Europe Foundation.

Call for Proposals: GBIF Capacity Enhancement Support Program 2016

Deadline: 11 April 2016

The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) is accepting proposals for its 2016 Capacity Enhancement Support Programme, which seeks to enhance the long-term capacity of GBIF Participants through collaborative projects. GBIF mission is to provide free and open access to biodiversity data.

The programme aims to address specific capacity needs identified by Participants by facilitating capacity transfer and collaboration at the regional and global levels. Participants for capacity enhancement projects based on combinations of the following types of action:

  • Mentoring activities
  • Regional training support
  • GBIF advocacy actions
  • Documentation
  • Needs Assessment

Funding Information

The maximum total funding request is fifteen thousand euros (€15,000) per project.

Eligible Countries

Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Benin, Chile, Colombian, Costa Rica, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Guinea, Iceland, Ireland, Kenya, Korea, Madagascar, Mauritania, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The 2016 call is only open to GBIF Participants (mentioned above).
  • All project concept notes and proposals must be jointly prepared by all the partners involved in the project, with one Participant acting as the main contact point in each proposal.
  • Only concept notes that have been endorsed by the Head of Delegation or Node Manager of a GBIF Participant and in which all partners have confirmed their participation will be considered eligible for evaluation.

How to Apply

Applicants must download the Concept notes via given website.

For more information, please visit Global Biodiversity Information Facility.

Call for Applications: ACU Early Career Academic Grants 2016

Deadline: 15 April 2016

The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) is currently inviting applicants from ACU member universities for its Early Career Academic Grants 2016.

Applications will be strengthened by the applicant providing evidence of the submission/acceptance of a paper or poster, or other communication with the conference organisers.

Eligible Countries

  • Australasia: Australia, New Zealand
  • Caribbean: Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago
  • East Africa: Uganda, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Rwanda, Seychelles, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe
  • East Asia: Brunei Darussalam, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore
  • Europe: Cyprus, Malta, United Kingdom
  • North America: Canada
  • South Asia: Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Pakistan, Sri Lanka
  • South Pacific: Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu
  • Southern Africa: Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland
  • West Africa: Cameroon, Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone

Grants Information

Grants can be used to cover travel and visa costs, conference fees, accommodation, and subsistence.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants must be employed in an academic role by an ACU member institution (mentioned above).
  • Applications are open to university staff who are less than ten years from the start of their employment in an academic role.
  • Academic staff who have recently returned to work after a career break can also be considered: applicants to whom this criteria applies should make this clear in their application.

How to Apply

Applicants must fill the application form via given website.

Note: The grant must be used to participate in a conference between 1 July 2016 and 31 December 2016.

For more information, please visit Academic Grants.

ANZIA Awards for Outstanding Organisations and Individuals for the Delivery of Innovative Resources to the Wide Community on the Internet

Deadline: 10 June 2016

The ANZIA (Australia and New Zealand Internet Awards), a collaboration between auDA and InternetNZ,  invites nominations from the Australia and New Zealand-based companies, organisations, charities and individuals for having contributed in providing accessible approaches on the innovative, informative and secure resources to a diverse and wide community on the Internet.

Award Categories

  • Security Award – supported by AusRegistry
  • Diversity & Digital Skills Award
  • Information Award
  • Innovation Award
  • Tech Startup Award – supported by Fishburners
  • The Leonie Dunbar Memorial Award For Community Websites

Applicants can submit an initiative for as many categories as they think are relevant.

Awards and Benefits

  • Winners receive recognition as industry leaders that have set new standards for making the Internet a more inclusive, accessible and safe place.
  • The awards offer public exposure, media coverage, networking opportunities, optimisation of future grant applications or investor engagement proposals, recognition for hardworking staff and volunteers and a cash prize of AUD$2,500.

Eligibility Criteria

Entry is open to all Australia and New Zealand-based companies, organisations, charities and individuals.

Entries must have-

  • The main beneficiaries of the product, project or initiative are stakeholders or the wider users of the Internet in Australia or New Zealand
  • The objectives of the product, project or initiative illustrates measured success in meeting its goals
  • The product, project or initiative could/does assist with the development of the Internet in an International context

How to Apply

Applicants are required to submit an entry form in order to apply.

For more information, please visit ANZIA 2016.

NHMRC Project Grants to Improve the Health Status of all Australians!

Applications Open: 13 January 2016

Deadline: 16 March 2016

The Australian Government’s National Health and Medical Research Council is seeking applications for its Project Grants whose motive is to support the creation of new knowledge by funding the best investigator-initiated research project plan of five years, or less, in any area relevant to human health.

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) is Australia’s largest health and medical research funding body. NHMRC awards grants through several funding schemes to advance health and medical knowledge in order to improve the health status of all Australians.

NHMRC invests in the highest quality research and researchers, as determined through peer review, across the four pillars of health and medical research: biomedical, clinical, public health and health services.


  • raise the standard of individual and public health throughout Australia;
  • foster the development of consistent health standards between the various states and territories;
  • foster medical research and training and public health research and training throughout Australia; and
  • foster consideration of ethical issues relating to health.

Funding Information

  • Individual items of equipment costing less than $10,000 must be requested as DRCs.
  • Funding is not available for equipment totalling more than $80,000 for the entire period of the grant.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can submit their applications via RGMS once the applications are open.

For more information, please visit NHRMC Project Grants.

Romanian Government Scholarships 2016-2017 for non EU Countries

Deadline: 15 March 2016

Romanian State to foreign citizens through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is currently inviting applications for the 85 scholarships program for under- and post-graduate studies in Romania.

Scholarship Covers

  • Free-of-charge tuition,
  • Free-of-charge accommodation
  • Financial support
    • 65 EURO per month, for the under-graduate students.
    • 75 EURO per month, for post-graduate students (master degrees and specialization).
    • 85 EURO per month, for post graduate students (doctor’s degree).

Priority Fields

Political and administrative sciences, education studies, Romanian culture and civilization, journalism, technical studies, oil and gas, agricultural studies, veterinary medicine, architecture, music, arts.

Eligibility Criteria

Application open to:

  • Citizens of non EU countries (irrespective of their country of residence).
  • Priority is given to citizens from non EU states with which Romania does not have cultural and education cooperation agreements.

How to Apply

  • Application files submitted by post or directly to the MFA or to the MECS.
  • Applications files should contain documents in English or French language.
  • If the application files contain documents in other foreign languages than English or French, they must be accompanied by authorized translations in one of the following languages: Romanian, English or French. Generally, Romanian universities may require that all enrolment documents should be accompanied by authorized copies and authorized translations in Romanian.

 For more information, please visit Government Scholarship.