Australian Embassy and Permanent Mission to the United Nations
Bosnia and Herzegovina, Hungary, Kosovo, Slovakia and Slovenia

International Development Fund (IDF) grants programme

Applications now open for the International  Development Fund (IDF) grants programme


The International Development Fund (IDF) is a small grants programme funded annually by the Australian Government and managed by the Permanent Mission of Australia to the International Organisations in Vienna.  

The programme aims to support multilateral capacity-building, project delivery and processes that advance developmental outcomes, especially in the Indo-Pacific.

The programme annually funds up to four projects. 

Applications are now open for the 2017-18 round of IDF grants programme. Applications will close 30 September.  Applications must be submitted in English using an IDF application form provided by the Australian Permanent Mission.  In order to obtain a copy of the IDF application, please contact Ms Nada Muster ( in the first instance.


Projects that meet all of the following criteria will be considered:

  • Support developmental outcomes in ODA-eligible countries 
  • Have an itemised & adjustable budget costing between AUD$30,000 to AUD$90,000
  • Have a specified timeline of less than one year and start by June 2018
  • Be from an international organisation or NGO based in, or with an office in Vienna
  • Be received by the closing date of 11:59pm on 30 September, 2017 (Vienna time)


Projects that meet the following criteria will be favourably considered:

  • Support targeted delivery or development of multilateral policy
  • Be able to deliver demonstrable and sustainable developmental outcomes  in key policy areas, including but not limited to gender equality, human rights, good governance, security and health  
  • Provide opportunities to highlight Australia’s contribution in relevant policy areas
  • Support participation by women, people with disabilities or marginalised groups


The following are some examples of projects that were funded in previous years:

  1. Improving access to controlled pain relief medications – The grant funded a pilot project to develop a national strategy to improve access to controlled pain relief medications in Timor-Leste.  The workshops brought together key policymakers and health professionals in Timor-Leste to better understand the requirements of the international drug control conventions to ensure the availability of essential analgesics for patients suffering severe pain.  
  2. Monitoring radiological effects in the marine environments of the Pacific The grant helped fund a scoping exercise to analyse the levels, trends and radiological effects in the marine environment following the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident, enabling participation by a number of developing countries in the exercise.
  3. Combatting online child sexual exploitation – The grant helped fund a tailored learning opportunity for officials from five developing countries in the South-East Asia on countering online child sexual abuse, emerging trends, victimology and offender profiling.


Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can I submit an application that does not have specific training in Vienna? 

We strongly encourage you to take into account cost-effectiveness when selecting your project location.  


2. When can I expect to hear whether my application has been successful?

Our selection process typically takes 2-3 months from the closing date. 


3. What if I submit my application after the closing date?

We will not consider applications received after the closing date for the annual round. However, late applications will go into our reserve list, to be considered in the 2018 application round or in ad-hoc application rounds. 


4. What if my proposal is due to start after July 2018?

We recommend you wait until the 2018 application round.


5. Do you fund consultant fees or salaries?

IDF grant should never be used to pay staff salaries.  Consultant fees may be allowed in exceptional circumstances but may only constitute a small proportion of the total budget.