Small Grant Scheme for Australia Awards alumni

Australian alumni in the Maldives have been instrumental in providing significant contributions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Aligned with priorities identified in the Partnerships for Recovery: Australia’s COVID-19 Development Response the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) intends to support and build on these alumni initiatives through offering a small grant scheme that can be accessed by Australia Awards alumni in the Maldives.

Alumni proposals that are linked to the below priority sectors will be given priority in the selection process.

Priority sectors

Sustainability and resilience Stability, inclusion and governance Economic Development 
Climate change adaptation and resilience Social security, employment security and economic security Economic recovery
Disaster management and risk reduction Social work Reducing the impact of the economic crisis on the most vulnerable
Environmental and resource management Education and disability studies Managing the economic slowdown
Food security Health (including public and mental health) Economic empowerment and development
Waste management Gender based violence


Funding will be available for a maximum of AUD 5,000 per grant project linked to achieving sustainable development goals while responding to the pandemic and global economic challenges initiated by alumni. All projects must be completed within 6 months of grant signing.

Interested applicants should read the information below on how to apply.

The objectives of the small grant scheme are to:

  • Increase sustainability in the development objectives of the Maldives
  • Combine capacities of skilled professionals to achieve common development objectives, and
  • Establish a platform for sector specialists/organisations to develop linkages/consortiums that can continue to work with/or without the support of a small grant.

The small grants are designed to assist proactive alumni in implementing activities contributing to sustainable development in the Maldives. Alumni can propose a development-related activity that supports the Maldives to address challenges in the wake of COVID-19 and global economic challenges, with a particular focus on gender equality, the empowerment of women and girls, health security, stability, social cohesion and economic recovery connected to the effects of COVID-19.

All Australia Awards alumni currently residing in the Maldives are invited to submit applications, including those who studied in Australia through an Australia Awards Scholarship or Short Course, an Endeavour Scholarship or Fellowship.

Applications may be submitted as:

  • An individual alumnus/alumna
  • A group consisting of up to five global alumni (the principal applicant MUST be an Australia Awards Scholarships or Short Course alumni)

Proposed activities need to be closely aligned with priorities identified in the table above.

A duly filled application form and budget, together with other required documentation, must be submitted to by 28 February 2023. Hard copy applications will not be accepted.

Opportunities are awarded on a competitive basis and all decisions are final.

For additional details on eligibility criteria, application process and other formalities, please refer the small grant scheme guidelines in the application documentation section below.