Alumni Disability Initiative Grant

Alumni Disability Initiative Grant (Pilot) - 2018

Background

The Australian Government is committed to playing an international leadership role in disability inclusive development to enable people with disabilities to find pathways out of poverty and realise their full potential. Gender, Inclusion and Disability is a cornerstone of Australia’s aid investment in Nepal and is one of the six priority sectors for Australia Awards Scholarships 2019 for Nepal.  

The Australian Embassy in Kathmandu is pleased to announce the Australia Awards – Nepal Alumni Disability Initiative Grant - 2018 (ADIG-2018). The Australia Awards – Nepal ADIG-2018 supports activities or pilot initiatives implemented by Australia Awards alumni in Nepal that positively impact and improve human rights and dignity of people with disabilities.  

The grants are designed to encourage and support alumni initiatives that promote innovation, collaboration, capacity development and equal opportunities for people with disabilities in Nepal. Applications will be open for individual alumni or groups of alumni to apply for up to AUD 1,000 to implement a disability initiative. The five most deserving applications will be selected for the grant.

The Australia Awards – Nepal ADIG-2018 is designed to provide support to alumni, who may or may not be working in the field of disability, but are passionate about addressing the cross-cutting themes of disability. The grants can be applied for awareness building, capacity development and equal opportunity among people with disability, or in reducing and/or removing barriers for people with disability.  

ADIG-2018 will follow the principle of ‘nothing about us without us’ which acknowledges that people with disabilities benefit more from initiatives where they are full collaborators and active participants.

Interested alumni are required to complete the Application Form.

Successful applicants are required to complete and submit the Completion Report. 

Purpose of the grants

As a way of further supporting alumni initiatives and activities that target the cross cutting theme of disability, and to continue to provide opportunities for capacity development and equal opportunity for people with disabilities, Australia Awards alumni may apply individually or in a group for an Alumni Disability Initiative Grant. The maximum amount of  funding per grant is AUD$1,000.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Be an Australia Awards alumnus of  either:
  • the DFAT-funded Australia Awards Scholarships, Australia Awards Fellowships, or Short Course Awards; or
  • another Scholarship or Fellowship program funded by the Australian Government.
  • Be registered on the Australia Global Alumni Website at the time of registration: https://globalalumni.gov.au/
  • Be a Nepali, residing in Nepal, and intend to use the Disability Initiative Grant in Nepal;
  • Agree to participate in a Fraud Management and Child Protection briefing prior to receiving the grant, and use and acquit the grant according to DFAT and Program guidelines.

Communications

Call for applications for ADIG-2018 will be emailed to all Australia Awards alumni from Nepal and announced on www.australiaawardsnepal.org . This initiative will also be announced on Australian Embassy in Nepal’s social media. Grant recipients will be requested to take photographs of their initiatives; selected stories with photos will be uploaded on to the Australian Embassy’s Facebook page and Australia Awards – Nepal webpage.

Application Process

Applicants must complete the Application Form, Activity Work Plan Template (Annex 1), Budget Template (Annex 2), and Application Checklist (Annex 3) and submit them (via email), along with relevant supporting documentation to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 15 April 2018.  Applications received after this date will not be accepted.  When presenting the budget, please provide a breakdown of budget items where applicable.  Applicants – either individuals or groups – can only submit one proposal.

Proposed criteria for judging applications

The selection panel will include a person with extensive experience working in the field of disability.  Applications will be judged against the following criteria:

  • Applications must align with strategies included in DFAT’s Development For All strategy https://dfat.gov.au/about-us/publications/Documents/development-for-all-2015-2020.pdf;
  • Applications must justify how the proposed activity will increase awareness and understanding of disability, increase participation of people with disability and/or remove barriers and increase accessibility for people with disability (Relevance and Feasibility);
  • Applications must identify the intended primary beneficiaries of the activity, providing estimates of numbers (Reach).

Grant Disbursements

The value of an ADIG-2018 will be up to AUD 1,000.  The grant will be formalised through a Grant Agreement with Scope Global, the Australian managing contractor for Australia Awards South and West Asia.  The full grant amount will be disbursed in local currency after the contract has been signed and completion of the Fraud Management and Child Protection briefing.

Grants in Australian Dollars will be converted into local currency using the exchange rates provided on the https://www.oanda.com/currency/converter/ website.  The grant funds will be paid by issuing account payee cheques. 

Grant Monitoring and Reporting

Using the Activity Completion Report template (Annex 5), the Completion Report has to be submitted within two weeks of activity completion but no later than 15 August 2018.

Recipients may be contacted by the Australia Awards Office at any time to seek information on the implementation and progress of activities for audit/review purposes.

Fraud and Misuse of Funds

The Australian Government has a zero tolerance approach to fraud and has robust systems and procedures in place to protect public money and property from fraud and corruption. The Australia Awards plays a critical role in minimising exposure of Australian aid funding to fraud and corruption.

All recipients of a small grant MUST attend a Fraud Briefing, either face-to-face or via Skype, delivered by the Australia Awards Office, before funds are transferred to the grantee.

Misuse of funds will be treated in line with DFAT’s Fraud Control and Anti-Corruption Plan.  Please read DFAT’s Fraud Policy Statement and Fraud and Anti-Corruption Guidance for DFAT Partners before submitting an application for a grant.

Child Protection

All recipients of a small grant must read, sign and abide by the DFAT Child Protection Policy and Code of Conduct, including the guidelines for photographing and filming children. Recipients who seek to work directly with children in their pilot initiative must first complete a child protection risk assessment, in line with DFAT’s Child Protection Policy 2017.  The Australia Awards Office can provide support with this.

Key Dates

 

19 March, 2018 Applications open
15 April, 2018 Applications close
16-20 April, 2018 Assessment of applications
25 April, 2018 Successful applicants confirmed and announced
26-30 April, 2018 Induction on Fraud Management and Child Protection
1 May –  31 July 2018 Implementation of Alumni Disability Initiative Grants
15 August, 2018 Submission of Completion Report