Alumni Disability Initiative Grant

On the occasion of International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD), the Australian Embassy in Kathmandu is pleased to announce Australia Awards Alumni Disability Initiative Grant 2019 (ADIG-2019).

International Day of Persons with Disabilities aims to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities and to increase awareness of the situation of persons with disabilities. The theme for this year’s IDPD is ‘Promoting the participation of persons with disabilities and their leadership: taking action on the 2030 Development Agenda’.

The Australian Government is committed to playing an international leadership role in disability inclusive development to enable people with disability to find pathways out of poverty and realise their full potential.

The Australia Awards – Nepal ADIG-2019 is designed to provide support to alumni, who are passionate about addressing the cross-cutting themes of disability. The grants are designed to encourage and support alumni initiatives that promote innovation, collaboration, capacity development and equal opportunities for people with disability in Nepal.

Applications are open for either individual alumnus/alumna or group of alumni to apply for up to AUD 1,000 to implement a disability initiative. Group applications are encouraged. The five most deserving applications will be selected for the grant.

Interested alumni should read the Concept Note and submit the Application Form by 31 Dec 2019.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • be an Australia Awards alumni of either:
    – the DFAT-funded Australia Awards Scholarships, Australia Awards Fellowships, or Short Courses; or
    – another Scholarship or Fellowship program funded by the Australian Government.
  • be a Nepali, residing in Nepal, and intend to use the ADIG–2019 in Nepal.
  • be applying to be using the grant for:
    – awareness building; or
    – capacity development and equal opportunity among people with disability; or
    – reducing and/or removing barriers for people with disability.
  • agree to participate in a Fraud Management, Child Protection, and Prevention of Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Harassment briefing prior to receiving the grant, and use and acquit the grant according to DFAT and Program guidelines.

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 by 31 December 2019.

Applications will be judged against the following criteria:

  • Applications must align with strategies included in DFAT’s Development For All strategy;
  • 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).
Date Stage
3 December 2019 Applications open
31 December 2019 Applications close
January 2020 Assessment of applications
7 February 2020 Successful applicants confirmed and announced
10-14 February 2020 Induction on Fraud Management, Child Protection, and Prevention of Sexual Violence, Abuse and Harassment
15 Feb – 30 May 2020 Implementation of Alumni Disability Initiative Grants
12 June 2020 Submission of Completion Report