WHY THE RAPID RESPONSE CHALLENGE?

In every crisis there is an opportunity.

We believe that young people will lead the recovery of both Australia and India if given the opportunity and support. Following the launch of AIYDs “Build Back Better” strategy, the AIYD wants to get behind our illustrious alumni to lead the charge – we are excited to launch the AIYD Rapid Response Challenge for alumni and/or their team to execute their vision for a resurgent bilateral.

The aim of the Challenge is to draw out the best ideas that can have measurable impact on issues that have arisen from the bilateral relationship that has resulted from Covid-19.

WHAT?

The AIYD will make available A$10,000 AUD in total to fund one or more projects selected through this competitive Challenge process.

The AIYD is inviting applications from its alumni to put forward proposals that address one or more of the 5 areas of greatest opportunity identified in the AIYDs “Build Back Better” strategy including:

  • Education
  • Arts and Media
  • Diplomacy
  • Health
  • Technology & Innovation

AIYD is pleased to have the input of its Distinguished Partners who will provide their experience and guidance to support selected projects.

The Assessment Panel will consist of AIYD Steering Committee members and Alumni Leads. Proposals will be broadly assessed on the following:

  1. Desirability – is your proposal solving the right pain point or problem?
  2. Feasibility – does the proposal build on the core strengths of the bilateral? For example, those opportunities identified in the “Build Back Better” strategy
  3. Viability – is your approach sustainable (e.g. financial, social and environment) and contributes to long-term growth in the bilateral relationship?

NEXT STEPS

Get your thinking caps on!
The expression of interest date closing by: 5pm AEDT, 6 December 2020
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KEY CONDITIONS

Please refer to the following conditions for the proposals:

  • Have direct implications for Australia and/or India’s youth.
  • Must be led by an AIYD alumni, however, he/she can choose to form a team of people from outside of the AIYD Alumni. Teams with greater numbers of AIYD alumni will be given preference.
  • Teams can consist of people in both Australia and India.
  • Applications addressing issues in these 5 areas will be given preference.
  • The proposal must be achievable within 6 months.
  • New ideas are encouraged, however, AIYD will also consider existing programs where the proposal is able to enhance existing work and bring an increase focused around the youth. Proposals for ‘business as usual’ will not be considered.
  • New ideas are encouraged, however, AIYD will also consider existing programs where the proposal is able to enhance existing work and bring an increase focused around the youth. Proposals for ‘business as usual’ will not be considered.
  • Value for money (funds requested) will be a key consideration for proposal. Co-funding will be considered favourably.

What can the grant money be used for?

  • You must use the grant for the following activities:
  • the project outlined within your application.
  • You can use the grant to pay for costs detailed in your budget and grant agreement, including:
  • communication and translation
  • venue hire and catering
  • advertising and promotion, graphic design, photography and printed material
  • production costs, including freight and artists’ wages.
  • You can only spend grant funds on eligible grant activities as defined in the grant details in your grant agreement.

You cannot normally use the grant for the following:

  • capital expenditure, including purchase of real estate and vehicles
  • purchase of equipment (for example, musical instruments, computers, videos, photographic or printing equipment) – unless the item is unique to the project
  • the covering of retrospective costs or recurrent funding of activities
  • activities which are already commercially viable in their own right
  • activities which will provide commercial advantage to the applicant (e.g. promotion of the applicant’s own business)
  • costs incurred in the preparation of a grant application or related documentation
  • subsidy of general ongoing administration of an organisation such as electricity, phone, rent, salaries (including for research assistants or administrative staff)
  • completed projects.

This Challenge grant will not fund travel and accommodation for attendance at conferences or meetings.