Small Grant

Small Grants Fund – Round 2, 2018

The Small Grants Fund (SGF) established under Aus4Skills is designed to provide small grants for activities that consolidate alumni’s professional knowledge and skills, improve the alumni’s workplace environment and strengthen alumni links with Australia.

Grants under the SGF Round 2 - 2018, which builds on the success of the SGF Round 1-2017 under Aus4Skills and the Small Grants Scheme under Australia Awards Vietnam, are offered to Australia Awards and non-Australia Awards alumni, in the spirit of the Australian Global Engagement Strategy and the Australian Alumni in Vietnam Strategy.

The SGF Round 2 - 2018 will be the first time Aus4SKills adopts the SmartyGrants online system which is expected to be more efficient than the former paper-based system.

SGF Proposals should be submitted online at: by closing date 31 May 2018.

NOTE: Access to the SmartyGrants link will be ready from 2nd April 2018.

All grants must meet one of the three Aus4Skills Program Outcomes and should preferably contribute to selected priority areas/sectors.

The three Aus4Skills Program Outcomes are:

  • Outcome 1: Male and female alumni use new skills and knowledge to make positive contributions to selected priority areas
  • Outcome 2: Stronger workplace enabling environments for skills utilisation in selected priority areas
  • Outcome 3: Australia and Vietnam have stronger, sustainable links in selected sectors/agencies

The selected priority areas/sectors for this round of Small Grants are:

  • Governance and Economic Growth (economics, competition, international trade, public policy, public finance management, corporate finance, law to support economic integration, entrepreneurship and innovation)
  • Transport (project management and financing, traffic forecasting, transport engineering, social and environmental safeguards, urban transport planning and management, transport master planning, public-private partnership, transport economics, road safety and audit)
  • Water and sanitation (water management, water engineering, water quality and supply systems, water and waste water)
  • Education (education management, vocational education management)
  • Gender Equality (gender and development, women’s studies)
  • Agriculture and Rural Development (agribusiness, agricultural economics, rural development, sustainable tourism management)
  • Regional Stability and Human Rights (international law, international human rights law)
  • Disability
  • Climate Change

Eligible activities

The three categories of eligible activities are:

  • Category 1. Development and conduct of a training course, workshop, seminar or conference.
    N.B. proposals merely to attend one of the above are not eligible.
  • Category 2. Applied Research
    N.B. This category may include presentation of papers or posters of which an alumnus is a lead author at industry or academic fora in Australia only.
  • Category 3. Organisational and Institutional Change
    N.B. This category includes scope for innovative activities promoting organisational and institutional change (that are not covered under the first two categories), especially activities which improve the workplace enabling environment, in particular for women.

Applicant Eligibility

  1. All Vietnamese who have completed their studies in an Australian education institution through the Australia Awards, including the Australia Awards Scholarships, the Australia Awards Fellowships, the Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships, and the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) Scholarships.

  2. Vietnamese alumni who have completed their studies in an Australian education institution through Vietnamese Government scholarships.

  3. Vietnamese alumni who have self-funded their studies or received other scholarship support and who have completed postgraduate studies at an Australian education institution in Australia or Vietnam.
    Up to 10% of the SGF funds each funding round is available for this third category.

  4. Professional Groups established under the Australia Alumni in Vietnam Strategy.


The value of a grant is based on the following table.

Number of alumni applicants

Maximum Grant

One or two alumni

VND 166 million

Three alumni

VND 249 million

4 alumni and more

VND 332 million

Australia Alumni Professional Groups established under the Australian Alumni in Vietnam Strategy

VND 332 million

Any activity that has the involvement of an alumni team must clearly demonstrate that it is a team activity with specified roles for each alumnus. It should show the added value in submitting a team proposal as compared to individual submissions.

Consideration may be given to a higher amount for Professional Groups based on the merits of the proposal and its contribution to the Strategy’s objectives

Duration of grant

The maximum duration for implementing a grant is 12 months. Grant implementation should commence within 3 months of grant approval.

Evaluation criteria

Each application is to be evaluated against six key criteria:

1) Strategic Purpose, 2) Gender, Disability and Social Inclusion, 3) Ownership and Sustainability, 4) Methodology, 5) Financial Investment and Risk Management, and 6) Monitoring & Evaluation.

Equity of Access Fund

For alumni with disability and rural disadvantaged alumni wishing to participate in the SGF, adjustments to enable equal participation in the SGF may be provided through the Aus4Skills Equity of Access Fund.

Certificate of Grant Completion

When a grant has been successfully implemented and both the completion and final financial reports have been received, a Certificate of Grant Completion will be awarded to the respective alumnus.

SGF Guidelines

Full details about applying for a Small Grant can be found in the Small Grants Fund Guidelines for Applicants.

The Small Grants Fund Financial Guidelines and Communications Guidelines will be applied for successful applications during the grant implementation.

List of Alumni and Projects awarded Small Grants Fund Round 1 (2017)

Additional information