Grant funding arrangements
Grants are one type of funding arrangement that AusAID uses to achieve a particular strategic or program objective.
Commonwealth Grant Guidelines (external site), define a grant as an arrangement for the provision of financial assistance by the Commonwealth:
- under which public money is to be paid to a recipient other than the Commonwealth
- which is intended to assist the recipient achieve its goals
- which is intended to promote one or more of the Australian Government's policy objectives
- under which the recipient is required to act in accordance with any terms or conditions specified in the arrangement.
Grants can take a variety of forms including: a payment made on a one-off or ad-hoc basis; payments made as a result of competitive assessment; or payments made on a non-competitive basis provided specified criteria are satisfied.
In AusAID this means that all non-procurements (excluding treaties, loans and Records of Understanding and funding to Financial Management Act agencies) are generally considered grants and are subject to the Commonwealth Grant Guidelines.
Grant funding arrangements under the aid program include core funding to UN agencies, payments to international finance institutions, trust fund contributions, budget support to partner government, funding administered by other donor agencies on AusAID's behalf, and funding to NGO programs.
Annual plan for competitive grant programs
Funding schemes for NGOs
Last reviewed: 4 April, 2012