IRGP – Australia-China Council (ACC)Overview
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.
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 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.
The main assessment criteria include:
- Excellence and quality
- Sustainability and continuity
- 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.
- Research & Development
- Business Support