John McVeigh

Federal Member for Groom

John McVeigh MP

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Australian Aid: Friendship Grants – Round Two Now Open

Monday, 22 July 2019

The Coalition Government is committed to building relationships with our overseas partners in the Indo-Pacific and supporting community organisations in their efforts overseas through the Australian Aid: Friendship Grants program.

Applications for the second round of Australian Aid: Friendship Grants are now open. Applications must be submitted by 10 September 2019.

Federal Member for Groom John McVeigh said the $10 million, three year grants program offers support to community organisations to deliver projects across the Indo-Pacific region that generate long term benefits for communities.

“Under the program eligible groups can apply for grants of $30,000 to $60,000 to expand or enhance their international development activities,” he said.

“Under the first round of the program 46 organisations were awarded funding for a wide range of projects including 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.”

Dr McVeigh said the program focused on projects that help build capacity and strengthen relationships.

“Through sharing knowledge and working with in-country in partners these important projects can help promote inclusive development, regional security and help reduce poverty,” he said.

“Some suggested focus areas include projects that promote literacy and vocational training, primary healthcare, development of agricultural and basic services or small business development.”

For more information visit: www.dfat.gov.au/friendshipgrants 

Media contact: Clare Siddins 0427 200 674

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