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IRGP – Australia-China Council (ACC)


This program is intended to strengthen foundations and develop new frontiers of Australia-China partnership. It is part of the International Relations Grants Program (IRGP) that promote people-to-people links and a contemporary and positive image of Australia and support for the Australian government’s international policy goals.

The objectives of the program are centred on four areas – Education, Economic Diplomacy, Arts and Culture and Australian Studies in China - and are underpinned by three cross-cutting themes - Mobility, Technology and Capabilities and New Areas of Engagement.

Grant applications for a minimum of $5,000 or maximum of $40,000 per year will be considered. Co-contributions from the applicants and other parties strengthen their application.

A total funding pool of between $700,000 and $800,000 is available in 2018-19, subject to appropriation, starting in July 2018.

Who Can Apply?

Eligible applicants must be:
- One of the following entity types:
a) Australian entity with an Australian Business Number (ABN) or Australian Company Number (ACN)
b) Consortium with a lead organisation
c) Registered charity or not-for-profit organisation
d) Australian local government body
e) Australian State/Territory government body
f) Corporate Commonwealth entity
g) Australian statutory authority
h) Australian or permanent resident of Australia
i) Be a well-established organisation in a country specified in Section 2.2 of the Guidelines with a business purpose to advocate for Australian business, education and/or cultural interests (e.g. an Australian Chamber of Commerce).
- Willing to provide or develop child protection Guidelines for their project if it involves people under the age of 18 years.

Applications from consortia are acceptable, provided they have a lead applicant who is the main driver of the project and is eligible as per the list above.

Individuals who intend the grant to be administered by a university should apply on behalf of the university (i.e. their university is the applicant).

Eligible Activities

Eligible activities must be relevant to the following:
- The 45th anniversary of Australia’s diplomatic relations with the People’s Republic of China (2018)
- The 40th anniversary of the founding of the Australia-China Council (2018)

Please refer to the Guidelines for the list of eligible/ineligible costs.

Main Assessment Criteria

The main assessment criteria include:
- Relevance
- Excellence and quality
- Sustainability and continuity
- Partnerships
- Outreach and publicity

Please refer to the Guidelines for the complete list of the assessment criteria.


The following are ineligible for funding:
- Not an Australian, a permanent resident of Australia or an Australian organisation or an organisation in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macau and Australia with a business purpose to advocate for Australian business, education and/or cultural interests.
- A previous applicant who has failed to provide a full and proper acquittal of an earlier IRGP grant.
- Capital expenditure, including purchase of real estate and vehicles.
- Purchase of equipment (for example, musical instruments, computers, videos, photographic or printing equipment).
- The covering of retrospective costs or recurrent funding of activities.

Please refer to the Guidelines for the complete list of restrictions.

  • Start-up
  • Research & Development
  • Marketing
  • Export
  • Business Support
Documentation Uploaded
Guidelines 2018-01-31 Download
FAQs 2018-01-31 Download
Recipients 2018-01-31 Download
Recipients 2018-03-28 Download

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Status Pending
Opening Date 5 Feb 2018
Start By Date 14 Mar 2018
Closing Date 28 Mar 2018
Closing Information
This program is available annually. The next funding round is yet to be announced.

Funding Type Grant
Min.Funding $5,000
Max.Funding $40,000
Total Funding Pool $800,000(Est)
Co-contribution Yes
Competitive Yes
Eligible Activities
Training / Employment
Innovation and R&D
Arts : General
Education : General
Other : General
Gender Any
Age Any
Who Can Apply?
General - Non-Industry Specific
Eligible Organisation Type(s)
Difficulty Rating
Tier Federal
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Program Administrator
Australia-China Council (ACC)
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