Alumni Disability Initiative Grants 2022

The Australian Government is committed to disability inclusive development to enable people with disability to find pathways out of poverty and realise their full potential.

As part of its alumni engagement activities, Australia Awards – Nepal has managed the Alumni Disability Initiative Grant (ADIG) since 2018. Continuing the initiative, Australia Awards – Nepal announces ADIG-2022, which aims to support activities or pilot initiatives implemented by Australia Awards alumni in Nepal that positively impact and improve human rights and dignity of people with disability.

The grants are designed to encourage and support alumni initiatives that promote innovation and collaboration for awareness building, capacity development, promoting equal opportunities, and reducing/ removing barriers for people with disability in Nepal.

ADIG-2022 will follow the ‘nothing about us without us’ principle, which acknowledges that people with disability benefit more from initiatives where they are full collaborators and active participants.

ADIG-2022 welcomes applications from individual alums or groups of alumni to apply for up to NPR 90,000 to implement a disability inclusion initiative. Group applications are encouraged. The five most deserving applications will be selected to receive a grant.

Interested alumni are requested to read the details below in conjunction with the Grant Guidelines – User Guide, complete the application form and relevant attachments (combined into a single PDF), and submit online through the application portal by 10 January 2022, 5:00 p.m. Nepal time.

To be considered for this grant, applicant must:

  • Be an Australia Awards alum of the DFAT-funded Australia Awards Scholarships, Australia Awards Fellowships, or Short Courses
  • Be a Nepali citizen, residing in Nepal, and intending to use ADIG-2022 in Nepal.
  • Be applying to use the grant for:
    • awareness building; and/ or
    • capacity development; and/or
    • promoting equal opportunity among people with disability; and/ or
    • reducing and/or removing barriers for people with disability.
  • Agree to participate in a Fraud Management; Gender Equality, Disability and Social Inclusion (GEDSI); Child Protection; and Prevention of Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Harassment (PSEAH) briefing prior to receiving the grant and use and acquit the grant according to DFAT and Program guidelines.

Applicants must complete the application form and required attachments. Please download them from this section.

Application form (select one)

Application Form – Individual

Application Form – Group


Attachment 1 – Risk Assessment

Attachment 2 – Certification

Attachment 3 – Detailed Budget

Attachment 4 – Scholar Alumni Member Details (only for group alumni applications)

Convert the relevant documents (application plus attachments) into a single PDF file and upload it to the application portal. Submit your completed application online by 10 January 2022, 5:00 p.m. Nepal time.

Incomplete applications or applications received after the deadline will not be accepted.

Applications will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • Applications must align with strategies included in DFAT’s Development For All strategy; Partnerships for Recovery: Australia’s COVID-19 Development Response; and Nepal COVID-19 Development Response Plan;
  • Applications must justify how the proposed activity will increase awareness and understanding of disability, contribute to capacity development, increase participation of people with disability and/or remove barriers and increase accessibility for people with disability, achievable within the project time frame;
  • Applications must promote gender equality, disability and social inclusion principles in activities to be implemented
  • Applications must identify the activity’s intended primary beneficiaries, providing estimates of numbers.

A shortlist will be provided to the Australian Embassy in Kathmandu, Nepal to finalise the selection process.

A maximum of five grant recipients and two reserve applicants will be identified and informed by 24 January 2022. Should any recipient/s decline the Grant offer, a reserve applicant/s will be offered the grant in ranked order.

Date Description
22 December 2021 Applications open
10 January 2022 –  5:00 p.m. Nepal time Applications close
24 January 2022 Successful applicants confirmed and announced
26 January 2022 Submission of signed grant agreements
28 January 2022 Induction on Fraud Control, GEDSI, PSEAH and Child Protection
28 January – 13 April 2022 Grant project implementation
8 March 2022 Grant Progress/ Interim Report due
19 April 2022 Submission of Grant Completion Report and acquittal

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