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.

In responding to recovery initiatives connected to the impact of COVID-19, alumni proposals that are linked to the below priority sectors highlighted in the Partnerships for Recovery: Australia’s COVID-19 Development Response will be given priority in the selection process.


Priority sectors

Health Security Stability Economic Recovery
Health and hygiene Food security Economic recovery
Mental health Social security Managing the economic slowdown
Women and disability Employment security Reducing the impact of the economic crisis on the most vulnerable
Issues connected to children
(abuse/disability etc.)
Economic security
Gender-based violence


Funding will be available for a maximum of AUD 5,000 per grant project that support COVID-19 response and recovery efforts initiated by alumni. All projects must be completed within 6 months of grant signing.

Interested applicants should read the information below on how to 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, 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 DFAT’s Partnerships for Recovery: Australia’s COVID-19 Development Response.

A duly filled application form and budget, together with other required documentation, must be submitted to by 31 May 2021. 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.