September 13, 2020 Timor Leste, Philippines, Bangladesh, Nepal, Tonga Digitalisation and Data, Skills Development, Green Recovery, Small and Medium Enterprises, Agriculture, Education and Health, ICT/Financial Inclusion, Manufacturing, Resources and Clean Energy, Tourism

BPP Regional Call for Partnerships

Are you an inclusive business? Do you have a commercial idea that could make a lasting social and environmental impact? Through the Business Partnerships Platform, the Australian Government is calling for partnerships to help support COVID-19 recovery in Bangladesh, Nepal, Philippines, Timor-Leste and Tonga.

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in widespread economic impact across the Indo-Pacific. People are losing their livelihoods and businesses have been disrupted.

The BPP’s COVID-19 Recovery Partnerships will help businesses to create livelihood opportunities, enhance gender equality and support green and resilient economic recovery.

If you have a bold idea for lasting social impact, apply here by 4 November 2020.

FAQ Guidelines Contact Apply

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Funding amount

Apply for a BPP COVID-19 Recovery Partnership to receive from AUD100,000 to AUD500,000 in funding to scale a business initiative for social impact. Applicants must match or exceed BPP funding through cash and in-kind investment. The BPP also supports partnerships through independent partnership brokers, business and gender and inclusion advisers.


A business can apply on its own or in a consortium with other businesses, social enterprises, investors, non-government organisations or other types of organisations. Applicants must be registered with a business or other recognised registration/accreditation body and have a financial history. The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) will undertake a due diligence process before entering a contract with successful applicants.

Initiative length

Businesses must specify an implementation period of between one and three years in their application. The implementation period must fall between 01 April 2021 and 30 June 2024.

Application Guidelines

More information, including the key selection criteria, example initiatives and funding proposal guidance can be found in the BPP Applicant Guidelines.

Application timeline

  • 14 September 2020: Applications open
  • 23 September 2020: Online Information Session 1 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm (AEST) register here.
  • 30 September 2020: Online Information Session 2 from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm (AEST) register here.
  • 01 October 2020: Online Information Session 3 from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm (AEST) register here.
  • 4 November 2020: Deadline for applications
  • December/January 2020: Shortlisted applicants invited to discuss the concept note in more detail
  • February 2021: Full proposals due (shortlisted applicants will be supported to  submit a full proposal)
  • March 2021: Kick-off meetings
  • May 2021: Implementation begins

Social impact

The BPP is seeking partnerships which create social impact in the following areas:

  • Green recovery
  • Economic opportunities for women
  • Skills development for workers and medium and small sized businesses
  • Digitalisation

Partnerships should propose to work in the country-specific sectors listed below: 


Partnerships should propose to work in one of the following sectors in Bangladesh:

  • Agriculture and agricultural technology (crops and livestock, sustainable agricultural practices, mechanisation and modernisation)  
  • Financial inclusion (mobile financial services, e-commerce, payment delivery mechanisms)  
  • Renewable energy and energy efficiency  
  • Textiles and manufacturing (ready-made garment, jute, leather, plastic industries) 


Partnerships should propose to work in one of the following sectors in Nepal:

  • Agriculture  
  • Information and Communications Technology and financial inclusion  
  • Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises
  • Tourism 


Partnerships should propose to work in one of the following sectors in the Philippines:

  • Cyber Security and critical infrastructure for small and medium enterprises
  • Digital mental health services  
  • Information and Communications Technology, banking and telecommunications 
  • Digital skills, big data, artificial intelligence and data analytics 


Partnerships should propose to work in one of the following sectors in Timor-Leste

  • Agriculture, food security and nutrition  
  • Financial inclusion 
  • Tourism


Partnerships should propose to work in one of the following sectors in Tonga:

  • Agriculture  
  • Financial inclusion  
  • Skills development in construction
  • Tourism 


Have questions? See our FAQ or email

How you apply

To apply for a BPP COVID-19 Recovery Partnership, you must first register through the application portal and complete a concept note (see concept note template). The concept note will gather information about your commercial initiative, the social and environmental impact it aims to create and the ability of your business to successfully deliver the initiative.

See How to complete BPP concept note for more detailed instructions.

Ready to start your application?

Apply here

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