Australia-Japan Foundation Grant Program 2013 - 14
The Australia-Japan Foundation’s Grant Program for 2013-14, for projects commencing between 1 July 2013 and 30 June 2014, is currently open.
Grant applications can be submitted up until close of business on Friday 22 March 2013 using the online application form.
Applicants are asked to indicate on page 2 of their application whether there is scope for their project to commence earlier than 1 July 2013.
Australia-Japan Foundation (AJF) grants are intended to provide seed funding for innovative proposals relevant to the objectives and key themes of the AJF (refer below). This includes proposals which demonstrate the potential for the development of long-term links between individuals and institutions in Australia and their counterparts in Japan. In addition to the objectives and themes set out below, the AJF Board is interested in receiving grant applications for proposals that aim to assist communities in the Tohoku region of Japan recover from the Greater Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami in March 2011.
As applications are assessed against the AJF funding guidelines, all applicants should familiarise themselves with these guidelines before submitting an online application for funding.
The online application form will only be available until Friday 22 March 2013. Enquiries may be directed to the AJF Secretariat on (02) 6261 3898 (Australia) or +81-3-5232-4065 (Japan) or to the AJF emails (firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com).
|Dates for 2013-2014 Grant Round|
|Closing date for submitting applications||22 March 2013|
|Successful applicants notified pending funding allocation from the government on 1 July 2013||10 - 14 June 2013|
|Unsuccessful applicants notified||21 - 25 June 2013|
The following are Guidelines for Funding Applicants and Recipients:
Australia-Japan Foundation (AJF) grants are intended to provide seed funding for innovative proposals relevant to the objectives and key objectives of the AJF (see below). These include proposals which demonstrate the potential for the development of long-term links between individuals and institutions in Australia and their counterparts in Japan.
As applications are assessed against these Guidelines, applicants should familiarise themselves with these before submitting an application for funding under the AJF Grants Program.
Information for Potential AJF Grant Applicants and Recipients:
On this page
- AJF Objectives and Themes
- Frequency of AJF Grant Funding Rounds
- How to Apply
- Preparing Your Application
- Application Assessment Process
- Appraisal Criteria
- Activities Not Funded
- Approved Grants - Obligations of AJF Grant Recipients
- Grant Acquittal Requirements
- Privacy and Freedom of Information
- Access and Equity
- Contact Details
- Standard Forms
- Useful Links
AJF Objectives and Themes
The AJF provides funding to projects which are aligned with its three strategic objectives which are to:
- increase understanding in Japan of shared interests with Australia;
- increase understanding in Australia of the importance of Japan to Australia as an economic and strategic partner; and
- increase recognition in Japan of Australian excellence and expertise.
Themes of the AJF are:
- Economics and Trade
- Security, Regional and International Relations
- Education and Science
- Society and Culture
- Communication, Information and Advocacy
Wherever possible, the AJF seeks to expand people-to-people and institutional links through programs, partnerships with other organisations and seed funding of projects to enable them to grow.
In addition to these themes, the AJF Board is interested in receiving grant applications for projects that aim to assist communities in the Tohoku region of Japan recover from the Greater Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami in March 2011.
Frequency of AJF Grant Funding Rounds
The AJF Secretariat will conduct at least one grant round each financial year. Generally, this round will be advertised in January on the websites of the AJF, Australian Embassy in Tokyo and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Any subsequent grants rounds within a financial year will be advertised on these websites.
Individuals, organisations or a collaboration of both may apply for AJF grant funding. Where a conflict of interest exists, or may be perceived to exist, the AJF Secretariat should be contacted to clarify eligibility and/or obligations under Commonwealth conflict of interest guidelines.
Generally, the AJF does not fund projects over more than three successive years. The AJF Secretariat should be contacted to clarify eligibility if you have previously received an AJF grant.
If you have submitted an application in a previous AJF grant funding round but have been unsuccessful, you are encouraged to reapply for funding in future rounds.
No person or organisation may hold more than one AJF grant at any given time.
Grants will not be provided to individuals or organisations that have failed to provide a proper acquittal of an earlier grant provided by the AJF.
How to Apply
All applicants must complete the AJF Online Funding Application Form in full and provide all mandatory requested documentation. Applications must also be in English. Applications that do not meet this minimum requirement will be deemed ineligible.
Applications must be received by the deadline specified in the advertisement of the grants round. The AJF has no obligation to consider applications received after the specified submission period.
In exceptional circumstances, applications received outside of the normal grant funding rounds may be considered by the AJF on an ad-hoc basis at its discretion and subject to available AJF funds.
Preparing Your Application
Please ensure you have:
- Completed all mandatory fields on the application form.
Attached two references that demonstrate an established record of achievement in the development and management of projects relevant to the proposed area of endeavour. Where possible, referees should comment on:
- their relationship to the applicant;
- their involvement or interest, if any, in the project;
- the project's objectives and the strategies to achieve them; and
- the applicant's ability to complete the project and to administer project funds.
- Clearly demonstrated how your proposal meets the objectives of the AJF.
- Made adequate provision for all likely expenses. The AJF will not normally consider requests for supplementary funding.
Applicants should be aware that AJF Board members may not be familiar with individuals or organisations or the field of proposed activity. As the AJF Board's decision will be based on the information provided, applicants should ensure all information provided is accurate, clear and comprehensive.
Application Assessment Process
All grant applications received during the relevant funding round will be acknowledged in writing by the Secretariat via email.
Applications are initially considered and assessed by the AJF Secretariat on the basis of appraisal criteria which is set out below. All applications, including those not recommended for consideration by the Secretariat, are forwarded to the AJF Board accompanied by the reasons for recommendation or rejection.
The AJF Board reviews the initial assessments of the Secretariat and makes the final decision on each application. This process is usually conducted at the next formal meeting of the Board following the closure of the grants round. The AJF Board may review rejected applications and change their status to "recommend for consideration". The AJF Board may also choose to reject applications initially recommended for consideration. All decisions are fully documented.
All applications will be notified in writing of the outcome of their funding application.
A funding agreement with the recipient is finalised by AJF Secretariat.
Grant details advertised on the DFAT website following signature of Funding Agreement.
Please note: The AJF reserves the right not to fund projects even if all criteria are met. The AJF will consider a range of issues when selecting successful projects including, but not limited to, the availability of funding, the spread of projects across Japan and Australia and the spread of projects across the AJF's identified themes.
Does the proposal meet the AJF's mission, goals and themes?
The AJF welcomes all applications for projects that further its mission and goals. Applications that do not clearly demonstrate this will not be approved. The AJF specifically considers whether:
- The activity would involve a sharing or transfer of expertise from which individuals or institutions in both countries will benefit and in ways that directly advance AJF objectives.
- The activity includes a wider program that will directly advance the AJF's objectives.
- The activity will result in an expansion of links in new areas in ways consistent with the AJF's objectives.
Please note: activities that are commercially viable in their own right or will be of a commercial benefit to the recipient (eg promotion of the recipient's business) will not be approved regardless of how well they meet the criteria.
Activities Not Funded
The Australia-Japan Foundation has a policy of supporting innovative proposals in a broad range of areas. Grants are not normally available for the following purposes:
- Capital expenditure in real property, equipment or computer software.
- Conference travel. An exception to the general rule may be made for participants in conferences when the subject of the conference is of direct relevance to the Australia-Japan relationship and the applicant is a leader in the field. Applicants must also demonstrate that a substantial program will be arranged before and/or after the conference.
- Funding support to grant-giving organisations for activities mainly involving their own personnel.
- Activities that are properly the responsibility of other funding bodies or other government agencies (e.g. development assistance projects, activities under bilateral science and technology agreements, projects normally handled by Austrade, etc.).
- Activities that are properly the responsibility of the host institution, e.g., post graduate students applying for travel assistance to do field work as part of their thesis will not normally be considered.
- Activities that are commercially viable in their own right.
- Any project in which the Australia-Japan component is incidental to the main aims of the project.
- New applicants will receive preference over applicants who have received a grant or travel grant in the past three years.
- Activities undertaken by schools where travel by a significant number of students is the principal element of the proposal.
- Employment of research assistants, administrative staff, etc., or the payment of administrative charges levied by the applicant's organisation.
- Funding of completed projects, or recurrent funding of projects.
- Salaries and Honorariums.
Does the proposal fall under the definition of a grant?
If an applicant requests funding principally to fund an activity they will carry out with no direct financial or in-kind (such as goods and services) benefit to DFAT (for example, to host an independent conference) to further a shared aim of developing people-to-people links between Australia and Japan, then the proposal falls under the definition of a grant.
However, if the funding proposal gives rise to an expectation of a direct reciprocal benefit to DFAT, that is, some financial or 'in kind' benefit, all or part of the funding would be treated as a procurement and subject to the Commonwealth Procurement Guidelines. In the above example, if a potential grant recipient is delivering a conference on behalf of DFAT and the funding request includes a specified amount for management services, this component would be excluded from the grant process and treated as a procurement. This is because DFAT benefits from the management services provided.
Does the applicant have a Japanese/Australian partner?
Grant applications that include a confirmed Japanese/Australian partner or collaboration will be viewed favourably by the AJF when assessing proposals.
Where projects are to be undertaken in conjunction with, or part funded by, a Japanese or Australian organisation, applicants must be able to demonstrate on request that the counterpart has confirmed their participation and/or involvement to ensure the success of the project.
Has the applicant sought supplementary assistance from other sources?
Grant applicants that have supplementary financial assistance from other sources, including the applicant's own resources or corporate sponsors, will be viewed favourably by the AJF when assessing proposals. In-kind support (such as accommodation and services provided without charge in either country) is also viewed favourably.
How large is the grant amount requested?
Applicants should be aware that most grants awarded are in the range of AUD5,000 - 40,000. The AJF has limited grant funds available each financial year and the best allocation of these funds across the range of possible AJF activities must be considered.
Larger grants may be considered for approval but only in the case of particularly worthwhile projects.
The AJF reserves the right to provide less funding than that sought by the applicant.
Does the proposal include items that cannot be funded as grant?
Commonwealth Government guidelines restrict the types of expenditure that may be covered under a grant funding arrangement. Applications that include requests for any of the following types of expenditure may not be approved. Partial approval of such applications to exclude these costs may be considered as an alternative.
- Grants may not be used to fund administrative support or management costs such as wages or salaries of permanent employees.
- Grants may not be used to subsidise normal operating expenses or overheads.
- Grants are generally not be used to cover capital expenditure, eg real estate or purchase of equipment.
Is the proposal properly the responsibility of other funding bodies or other government agencies?
Generally, grants are not awarded to proposals where funding would be more appropriately sought from other funding bodies or other government agencies such as universities, institutions such as the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, AusAID, Austrade, the Australian Research Council, etc.
Approved Grants - Obligations of AJF Grant Recipients
Following official notification that a grant proposal has been approved, the applicant must enter into a funding agreement with the AJF/DFAT.
The AJF Secretariat will prepare the funding agreement for each recipient after the application has been approved.. The successful applicant must complete the funding agreement and an E-commerce Form which is used to confirm the Australian Business Number (ABN), GST information and bank details to facilitate grant payments.
Funding Agreements are binding legal documents and all funding recipients must abide by the clauses contained in agreements. Failure to do so will result in a breach of contract and may see the withdrawal of funds or the commencement of legal action.
Goods and Services Tax (GST) Requirements
GST is payable on grants where:
- The funding recipient is registered for GST.
- A binding agreement is entered into where the grant recipient is required to supply goods or services to the Department or another party in return for the grant. (Note: a report by the recipient on how they spent the grant does not constitute a supply).
- The supply of goods and services is made through an enterprise that the supplier operates in Australia. (Note: services such as artistic performances may be exempt from GST where the service is used or enjoyed wholly overseas).
It is the responsibility of the grant recipient to determine their taxation obligations. If the recipient is unsure, he/she should seek professional advice. Additional detailed guidance on the application of GST to grants is available from the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) publication GST and Grants.
If the grant recipient does not have an ABN and is not registered for GST, the recipient should provide a completed Statement by Supplier form. Where this form is provided, the grant is paid exclusive of GST. Where this form is not provided, the Department must withhold 45.6% of the grant and remit the amount to the ATO.
The amount applied for should be exclusive of GST. If you are registered for GST, the AJF will add that amount to your grant.
Timeframes for funding
AJF grant funding is only valid for payment in the financial year for which it has been awarded (actual project activities may extend beyond the boundaries of a financial year, particularly if funding is received late in the financial year). If the funding cannot be taken up within the specified period, it may be withdrawn. Successful grant applicants must advise the AJF Secretariat of any delay in the proposed activity as soon as they become aware of such a situation. The AJF may consider requests for extension.
Variations to existing grants must be properly documented through a formal variation to the original Funding Agreement. The AJF Secretariat will facilitate this if necessary.
All AJF grant recipients must acknowledge the support of the AJF on any promotional materials or publications they produce and during the course of the activity they undertake.
The AJF logo should be used where possible and may be requested by contacting the AJF Secretariat or downloaded from the AJF logo section of this website.
Invitations to AJF Board members for key events associated with the project are highly desirable.
If the project involves guests travelling to Australia or Japan, the AJF Secretariat should be advised as early as possible, preferably no later than three weeks before the guests arrive, to provide an opportunity for appropriate AJF involvement.
Funding recipients are responsible for making all arrangements associated with travel for their project including:
- visa arrangements and associated charges
- travel bookings
- airport taxes
- ground transport
- travel and health insurance
- medical and hospital insurance cover for visitors not covered by Medicare in Australia (including evacuation and death cover)
- any necessary insurance for equipment
- accommodation arrangements and associated charges
- passport arrangements and associated charges (note: all participants are expected to travel on personal passports - official or diplomatic passports will not be issued).
Where an activity contains an airfare component, this should be costed as the applicable economy class fare. The AJF will not reimburse applicants for additional expenses incurred because of late bookings or other problems requiring tickets to be paid for at a higher rate.
Funding recipients are also expected to read all relevant travel advice, on www.smartraveller.gov.au particularly in relation to travel to Japan, before undertaking any AJF funded trips.
The AJF will not accept any liability for medical, hospital, property loss, theft or evacuation costs incurred by participants in projects funded by the AJF.
Grant Acquittal Requirements
It is a condition of AJF grant funding that recipients fully acquit the funds received. Grant moneys must be acquitted within 30 days of the completion of a project through the submission of a completed Online Acquittal Report available at http://dfat.smartygrants.com.au/AJFacquittals and financial statement of expenditure.
As part of the acquittal process, grant recipients need to indicate how the money spent can be linked back to the activities for which funding was originally requested. All unspent funds must be returned to the AJF as soon as possible to ensure funds may be reallocated to other projects.
Lower risk grants may have their financial statement of expenditure certified by an official from the organisation that received the grant. Higher risk grants should be certified by a qualified accountant. As a general rule, all grants greater than $40,000 should be certified by a qualified auditor. The cost of certification can be included in the grant funding provided.
Funding recipients are required to keep all receipts and records for five years and to make these available upon request.
The final written report must include:
- a description of the main activities undertaken;
any quantitative or qualitative performance measures such as
- number of participants/audience spectators
- number/value of ticket sales
- details of media coverage
- feedback from participants;
- an assessment of how the activities contributed to achieving the project's stated objectives;
- any difficulties encountered in implementing the project;
- any follow-up activities arising from the project; and
- at least one high-quality resolution digital photograph (200 dpi) suitable for publication in the AJF annual report.
The AJF may seek a verbal report from grant recipients at Board meetings in addition to the above grant acquittal requirements.
An interim report is required where a project extends over more than six months.
Privacy and Freedom of Information
The information provided in the funding application is used when processing and assessing the application. Summary information provided by all applicants will be stored centrally and will be available to Commonwealth officers and the government on a need-to-know basis. The information provided by the applicant may be distributed to AJF, Commonwealth and State or Territory governments, organisations which are responsible for grants programs, and may be made public through national and local media or via the AJF website. DFAT may also publish this information, excluding personal information, in its Annual Report and on the DFAT website. In other circumstances, DFAT will only use and/or disclose personal information in accordance with the Privacy Act 1988. Applicants should also note the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 apply to documents in DFAT's possession.
Access and equity
All funding applications are made using standard documents and are assessed by a standard appraisal procedure, helping to ensure consistency and equity in funding decisions. The AJF is committed to the principles of equal opportunity and encourages individuals and organisations from target groups to apply for funding for projects consistent with the AJF's guidelines.
If you have any questions, please contact the AJF Secretariat.
North Asia Division
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
R G Casey Building
John McEwen Crescent
Barton ACT 0221
Tel : 03-5232-4065
Fax: 03 5232-4064
2-1-14 Mita, Minato-ku
TOKYO JAPAN 108-8361
AJF 2013-14 Online Grant Application Form
AJF 2013-14 Online Grant Acquittal Form (all successful grant recipients must complete an online acquittal within 30 days of the completion of a project)
AJF 2013-14 Funding Agreement (short form - for contracts under $20,000)
AJF 2013-14 Funding Agreement (long form - for contracts over $20,000)
Australia Awards - www.australiaawards.gov.au
Australia Council for the Arts - www.australiacouncil.gov.au
Austrade - www.austrade.gov.au
Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research - www.aciar.gov.au
Australian Research Council - www.arc.gov.au
Australian Taxation Office - www.ato.gov.au
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation - csiro.gov.au
DFAT Smartraveller - www.smartraveller.gov.au
Grantslink - www.grantslink.gov.au
The Japan Foundation - www.jpf.org.au