Permanent Mission of Australia
to the United Nations
New York

International Development Fund

The International Development Fund (IDF) is a small grants programme funded by the Australian Government and managed by the Permanent Mission of Australia to the United Nations in New York.  


The aim of this program is to support participation in United Nations related processes and meetings for government and civil society organisations, especially those from the Indo-Pacific.


Applications are now open for the 2017-18 IDF small grants program. Applications will close 1 August. Applications must be submitted in English using an application form available by emailing


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

  • Support developing country participation in United Nations processes, or UN-related meetings
  • Cost between USD$20,000 to USD$60,000
  • Have a specified timeline of less than one year and start by June 2018
  • Be from an NGO, UN agency or think tank (i.e. it cannot be from an individual) based in, or with an office in New York.
  • Be received by the closing date of 11:59pm on 1 August, 2017 (New York time)


Projects that meet the following criteria will be favourably considered:

  • Targeted training, or workshops in key policy areas, particularly education, gender equality and women’s empowerment, regional and national security, governance or human rights
  • Support research on UN-related processes or issues
  • Support participation by women, people with disabilities, or marginalised groups


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


1. Modernizing Peacekeeping to Better Protect Civilians – The grant helped fund roundtables in Washington, DC and New York in the lead up to the High-Level Independent Panel on Peace Operations (HIPPO) commissioned by the UN Secretary-General. The roundtables helped developed country officials to better understand the impact of the panel outcomes in their national context.


2. Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ) – The grant helped fund a workshop for government representatives from the Pacific Islands to support them in the negotiations for a new instrument under the UN Commission on the Law of the Sea for the conservation and sustainable development of marine biological diversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction.  


3. Arms Trade Treaty – The grant helped fund a tailored learning opportunity for officials from five developing countries in the Asia-Pacific region to enhance their knowledge of the Arms Trade Treaty and participation in Treaty related meetings.


Frequently Asked Questions:


1. Will my project be considered if it falls under USD$20,000 or goes above USD$60,000?

Unfortunately, we can only accept applications that are within USD$20-60,000


2. Can I submit an application that does not have specific training in New York?

Only if your organisation is based in New York


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

We will notify candidates of the outcome by end August 2017


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

We will not accept applications after the closing date


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

We recommend you wait until the 2018 application round