Welcome to the current grant rounds of DFAT's Foundations, Councils and Institutes and the Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grant Program. Stories of existing grants are available on our webpage, illustrating how these grants support people-to-people connections in areas aligned with Australia's foreign and trade policy priorities.
Each grant round will appear below as it becomes public.
Current grantees can access their project information through logging in (see text in blue, above).
Over the past nearly 40 years the Australian Government has established cultural councils supporting people-to-people links underpinning our key bilateral and regional relationships. Eminent Australians are appointed to the boards, providing a range of expertise and input to Australia’s foreign and trade policy. Funding for these Foundations, Councils and Institutes and for the Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program is provided through the International Relations Grants Program.
The International Relations Grants Program (IRGP) supports the Government's foreign and trade policies and projects a positive contemporary image of Australia. IRGP grants support professional, community and institutional linkages between Australia and its partners on contemporary issues of shared interest including the arts, media, education, business, science, technology and sport.
The grant guidelines for each round are available on the individual websites, listed here.
There is considerable competition for grant money and individual grants generally do not exceed $40,000. Generally Australian individuals and organisations, as well as joint applications involving non-Australian individuals or organisations with an Australian partner, are eligible. IRGP grants are managed in accordance with the Commonwealth Grant Rules and Guidelines. Grants are generally not awarded for:
We welcome the ideas of a wide range of Australians. We look forward to working with you to promote a positive contemporary image of Australia overseas and to open doors for personal and institutional connections internationally.