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    AUSTRALIA AFRICA COMMUNITY GRANTS SCHEME

    GUIDELINES

    A. AACGS General Guidelines

    Introduction The Australia-Africa Community Grants Scheme (AACGS) is a flexible grants program administered directly by Australian Diplomatic Missions in Africa. Funding under AACGS is available for selected activities in all African countries. Details of current Australian Diplomatic Mission accreditations are attached to these Guidelines. Applications should be addressed to the relevant Diplomatic Mission. Applications from countries accredited to Lisbon (Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau, Sao tome and Principe) and Paris (Algeria, Mauritania, Morocco) should initially be addressed to the Australian Diplomatic Mission in Nairobi. AACGS is intended to support community-based activities being implemented by

    non-government organisations that promote sustainable economic and social

    development. The key objective of the AACGS is to provide organisations in a broad

    range of African countries with access to funding for effective community level

    development activities.

    1. Criteria

    The competition for funding under AACGS is high, and consideration will only be given to project proposals that meet the following specified criteria:

    (i) Proposals must come from reputable non-government or community-based organisations which meet the registration requirements of the country in which they operate and which undertake development work on a not-for-profit basis

    (j) Target communities must be involved in the design, management and implementation of the activities;

    (ii) Organisations must be able to demonstrate they have the capacity to effectively implement the proposed project and that they have a strategy for ensuring sustainable outcomes; and

    (iii) Proposals must have a clear poverty reduction focus and incorporate gender equality, disability inclusiveness and environmental awareness, as appropriate.

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    The sectoral focus of the Scheme includes (but is not restricted to):

    (i) Community health initiatives, including HIV/AIDS, water and sanitation;

    (ii) Education and training;

    (iii) Economic and social initiatives;

    (iv) Environmental awareness and natural resource conservation;

    (v) Agriculture and food security;

    (vi) Promotion of womens rights and equal access to goods and services; and

    (vii) Promotion of skills development and employment for youth

    (d) Preference will be given to sectors that contribute most directly to the achievement of MDGs in Africa. The 8 MDGs are:

    (i) Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger

    (ii) Achieve universal primary education

    (iii) Promote gender equality and empower women

    (iv) Reduce child mortality

    (v) Improve maternal health

    (vi) Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases

    (vii) Ensure environmental sustainability

    (viii) Develop a global partnership for development.

    Preference will also be given to activities that will directly address

    inequality by meeting the needs of those most vulnerable in the community

    (be they women, men, youth, people who are elderly, the unemployed, or

    people with disability).

    The AACGS is keen to work with organisations that are addressing the needs of

    vulnerable and marginalised groups, especially women and children. This

    includes womens advocacy networks and organisations involved in supporting

    projects that deal inter alia with the special needs of women and children in post

    conflict situations.

    Consistent with Australias disability inclusive development strategy,

    Development for All, the Scheme also seeks to work with Disabled Peoples

    Organisations to help manage disability initiatives.

    (http://aid.dfat.gov.au/pages/home.aspx).

    The Scheme will proactively seek to identify national level environmental

    advocacy and other environmental groups in selected African countries to

    establish their suitability and interest in participating in the Scheme.

    (e) The value of projects supported under the Scheme will normally be in the range of AUD 30,000 AUD 75,000. Projects costed at less than $30,000 may be eligible for funding under the Direct Action Program (DAP) administered by

    http://aid.dfat.gov.au/pages/home.aspx

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    each of the Diplomatic Missions listed in Attachment 1. The DAP program has its own Guidelines.

    (f) Funds may be paid in local currency, Australian dollars or US dollars depending on the Australian Government payment policy for the country where the project is to be implemented.

    (g) The maximum duration of any individual activity will usually be one year from the time of first payment. Multi-year funding may be considered in special cases and where organisations have received support in the past.

    (h) In normal circumstances AACGS funding will not be available for the following:

    (i) items of a recurrent cost nature such as office rental, salaries (including allowances), transportation costs or vehicle running expenses, office supplies, maintenance, spare parts and electricity bills;

    (ii) bursaries for formal studies in-country or in Australia;

    (iii) international travel for attendance at conferences or seminars;

    (iv) purchase of vehicles;

    (v) purchase of capital equipment, unless the equipment is an integral part of a broader development project, or component of the AACGS activity being funded;

    (vi) construction of buildings;

    (vii) proposals from profit making organisations or individuals;

    (viii) evangelical and missionary activities. 2. Activity Selection

    (a) Assessment and selection of projects under AACGS is at the discretion of the relevant Australian Diplomatic Mission. Funding requests are accepted throughout the year but selection and screening of applications only take place periodically during the year and it is advisable to check with the relevant Australian Diplomatic Mission representative responsible for your country for more specific information regarding the timing of project selection rounds.

    (b) All applications for funding should follow the Proposal Guidelines and use the

    Proposal Template 1 attached to these Guidelines and be submitted to the

    relevant Australian Diplomatic Mission as follows:

    1 The Proposal Guidelines are Part B of this Annex and the Proposal Templates are in parts C and D.

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    Contact Details:

    South Africa and accredited countries, Malawi and Zambia

    Selection Committee

    Australia Africa Community Grants Scheme

    Australian High Commission

    Private Bag X150

    0007 Arcadia

    Republic of South Africa

    Tel: (+ 27 12) 423 6173

    Fax: (+ 27 12) 342 4201

    E-mail: [email protected]

    Kenya and accredited countries

    Selection Committee

    Australia Africa Community Grants Scheme

    Australian High Commission

    Riverside Road

    Nairobi, Kenya

    Tel: (+ 254) 20 4277 100

    Fax: (+ 254) 20 4277 144

    Email: [email protected]

    Mauritius and accredited countries

    Selection Committee

    Australia-Africa Community Grants Scheme

    Australian High Commission

    P.O. Box 541

    Port Louis, Mauritius

    Tel: (+230) 202 0167

    Fax: (+230) 208 8878

    Email: [email protected]

    Ghana and accredited countries

    Selection Committee

    Australia-Africa Community Grants Scheme

    Australian High Commission

    Private Mail Bag 60

    KIA-Accra,

    Ghana

    Tel: (+233-21) 701 2961 - 3

    Fax: (+233-21) 776 803

    Email: [email protected]

    mailto:[email protected]:[email protected]:[email protected]:[email protected]

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    Nigeria and accredited countries

    Selection Committee

    Australia Africa Community Grants Scheme

    Australian High Commission

    PMB 5152

    Wuse PO, Wuse

    Abuja, Nigeria

    Tel: (+234) 4 413 5226

    Fax: (+234 ) 9 413 52278

    Email: [email protected]

    Egypt and accredited countries

    Selection Committee

    Australia Africa Community Grants Scheme

    Australian Embassy

    World Trade Centre, 11th Floor

    Corniche EL Nil

    Boulac (11111)

    Cairo, Egypt

    Tel: +202 2575 0444

    Fax: +202 2575 1638

    Email: [email protected]

    (c) Prior to a final decision being made, the relevant Australian Diplomatic Mission

    may visit activities short-listed for support under AACGS and check the bona fides of organisations.

    (d) All Organisations whose activities have been recommended for support will have to undergo a mandatory Due Diligence Assessment prior to signature of the Funding Agreement. Details of the Due Diligence Process and the documentation required may be found at Attachment G.

    3. Implementation & Monitoring

    (a) Finances

    (i) Payment of grants will be subject to a signature of a Funding Agreement between the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and the implementing organisation, setting out the terms and conditions of the grant.

    (ii) Any funds not expended at the completion of a project must be promptly repaid to the relevant Australian Diplomatic Mission as applicable.

    (iii) Any interest earned on project funds is to be used solely for the project or repaid to the relevant Australian Diplomatic Mission.

    (iv) All banking transactions betw