Permanent Mission of Australia
to the United Nations
New York

The International Development Fund 2018

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 2018-19 IDF small grants program. Applications close 13 July 2018. Applications must be submitted in English using this application form and sent to


Projects that meet all of the following criteria will be considered:
  • Qualify as Official Development Assistance (ODA) (as defined by the OECD).
  • Cost between US$20,000 to US$60,000.
  • Have a specified timeline of up to two years and start by September 2018.
  • Be from a United Nations (UN) organisation, community group, non-government organisation (NGO) or private sector (projects cannot be submitted by individuals) based in, or with an office in New York.
  • Be received by 11:59pm on 13 July 2018 (New York time).


Projects that meet the following criteria will be favourably considered:
  • Promote women’s empowerment and gender equality.
  • Support opportunities for participation by persons with disabilities, indigenous people and vulnerable minority groups.
  • Support developing country participation in UN processes, or UN-related meetings.
  • Focus on one or more of the following key policy areas:
    • education
    • regional and national security
    • governance
    • human rights
    • peacebuilding
    • Support research on UN-related processes or issues
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 US$20,000 or goes above US$60,000?

Unfortunately, we can only accept applications that are within US$20,000 – US$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 15 August 2018.


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 September 2019?

We recommend you wait until the 2019 application round.