The COVID-19 Special Grants Round aims to support continuity in people-to-people and institutional engagement between Australia and ASEAN countries during and following the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic when restrictions on travel and social distancing will limit opportunities for face-to-face engagement and inward and outbound visits.

The grant round will target online and other activities or forms of engagement that help bring people together through virtual means and build cross-cultural linkages, but do not require travel and are consistent with government restrictions in response to COVID-19.

The round will also prioritise applications that directly contribute to the priority needs of ASEAN countries during and immediately following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Global Engagement and Entrepreneurship provides Global Strategy Framework and Global Engagement Briefs. The Global Strategy and Partnerships (GSP) team welcome inquiries to identify potential partners in destination countries.

Key Dates
Applications due for general review to GSP:
 29 July 2020
Applications close with DFAT: 5 August 2020, 3:00pm AEDT


Please consult the guidelines for the eligibility of your project.

The estimated grant value is from $10,000 to $50,000.

Indirect costs/overheads are not funded by this scheme.


Salaries are not funded by this scheme

How to Apply

Step 1. Completing the application

AAC Guidelines & Application form are available from the DFAT website. All applications must be submitted by the applicant electronically using the SmartyGrants online application form.

Please contact the GSP team to inform them that you are interested in applying. The GSP team will provide a letter of support template, application cover sheet, brief UQ capacity statement and information on UQ’s engagement in the country of your application upon request. Please allow five days for the GSP team to process the letter of support.

Step 2. GSP internal review and feedback
If you would like a review on compliance and feedback, please email your application to the GSP team before 29 July 2020.

More information could be found in Australia-ASEAN Council Grants.