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Business Partnerships Platform - Round 3 (2018/2019)

This grant round has now closed. Submissions closed at 3:00PM 10 August 2018 (AEST).

IMPORTANT: Please read information below to assist you in completing your application online.


Welcome to the Business Partnerships Platform application portal

You may begin anywhere in this application form. Please ensure you save as you go.

You must refer to the Guidelines for Applicants - Round 3 2018 when completing your application. You must also download, complete and upload the Budget Template BPP Round 3 to your application. To assist with completing the budget template refer to the Guidelines for Completing Budget Template BPP Round 3 and budget example. Check out the BPP's Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) for more information about this Round. 

If you need more help using this form, download the Help Guide for Applicants or check out Smartygrant's Applicant Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

For queries about the guidelines, deadlines, or questions in the form, please contact the BPP Fund Manager at and quote your application number.

Note: All application data will be kept in the strictest confidence. All DFAT officers and BPP Fund Manager personnel that review applications are bound by confidentiality/non-disclosure arrangements.


The Business Partnerships Platform has been established to create scalable shared value partnerships that advance Australia’s economic and social development objectives. These partnerships are being created in the following ways:

  • Reconceiving products and markets.
  • Redefining productivity in the value chain.
  • Enabling local cluster development.

The BPP will assist Australian and overseas entities to invest in new shared value approaches through access to DFAT’s significant expertise in:

  • Convening, brokering, networks and influence in partner countries.
  • Deep knowledge of development as well as the business, political and regulatory environment in partner countries.
  • Support in creating a more attractive business operating environment through our broader policy reform and governance programs.
  • Catalytic funding to encourage and support businesses and other organisations looking to increase commercial and social returns in line with DFAT’s strategic priorities.


For full eligibility criteria, refer to the Guidelines for Applicants - Round 3 2018.

  1. Applications are open to businesses or other types of organisations undertaking, or looking to undertake an initiative of a commercial nature in one of the eligible sectors in one of the participating countries for Round 3.
  2. Applicant organisations may be businesses, investors, social enterprises, NGOs, NFPs, cooperatives, universities, or other types of organisations, or consortiums.
  3. Applicant organisations are not required to come from any specific country. Organisations do not have to be from, or based in Australia.
  4. Applicant organisations must be able to operate in the country where they propose to undertake the BPP initiative.
  5. Applicants must contribute at least 50 per cent of proposed implementation (made up of cash or cash and eligible in-kind contributions).
  6. Applicants may request funds from DFAT of between AUD 100,000 and AUD 500,000 only (for each application).
  7. Applicants must specify an implementation period (and contract period) of one to two years.
  8. Applications are to be made by established organisations that meet (or are able to meet) the requirements of DFAT’s due diligence process.


On every screen (page of the form) you will find a Form Navigation contents box, this links directly to every page of the application. Click the link to jump directly to the page you want.

You can also click 'next page' or 'previous page' on the top or bottom of each page to move forward or backward through the application.


If you wish to leave a partially completed application, press 'save' and log out. When you log back in and click on the 'My Submissions' link at the top of the screen, you will find a list of any applications you have started or submitted. You can reopen your draft application and start where you left off.

You can also download any application, whether draft or completed, as a PDF. Click on the 'Download' button located at the bottom of the last page of the application form.


You will find a Review and Submit button at the bottom of the Navigation Panel. You need to review your application before you can submit it.

Once you have reviewed your application you can submit it by clicking on 'Submit' at the top of the screen or on the navigation panel. You will not be able to submit your application until all the compulsory questions are completed.

Once you have submitted your application, no further editing or uploading of support materials is possible.

When you submit your application, you will receive an automated confirmation email with a copy of your submitted application attached. This will be sent to the email you used to register.

If you do not receive a confirmation of submission email then you should presume that your submission has NOT been submitted.


You may need to upload/submit attachments to support your application. This is very simple, but requires you to have the documents saved on your computer, or on a storage device.

You need to allow enough time for each file to upload before trying to attach another file. Files can be up to 25MB each; however, we do recommend trying to keep files to a maximum of 5MB – the larger the file, the longer the upload time.


A number of people can work on an application using the same log in details as long as only one person is working at a time. Ensure you save as you go.


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