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IRGP – Australia-Japan Foundation (AJF) Grant Program


This program seeks to advance Australia’s engagement with Japan by supporting people-to-people linkages; amplifying and shifting perceptions of Australia in Japan to reflect contemporary Australia; and facilitating the promotion of the inventive, innovative capabilities that Australia brings to Australia-Japan collaborations across broad and ever sophisticated sectors. It also seeks to bring to the fore, awareness of the ongoing vital importance of Australia and Japan on each other’s foreign and trade policies by facilitating informed discussions.

It is part of 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 to:
- Increase awareness and understanding in Japan of shared interests with Australia.
- Increase awareness and understanding in Australia of the importance of Japan to Australia as an economic and strategic partner.
- Increase recognition in Japan of Australian excellence and expertise.

Grant applications for a minimum of $10,000 or maximum of $40,000 per year is available.

Multi-year funding of up to three years will be considered.

It is anticipated that most grants will be between $15,000 and $30,000 per year, depending on the scope of the grant activity and its complexity.

A total funding pool of $700,000 is available in 2020-21, subject to appropriation, starting in July 2020.

The Australia-Japan Foundation has postponed its 2020-21 grant round in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Applicants are encouraged to resubmit their applications when the round reopens.

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) Japanese citizen or organisation
- Be a well-established organisation in Japan with a business purpose to advocate for Australian business, education and/or cultural interests.
- Willing to provide or develop child protection guidelines for the 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. university is the applicant).

Eligible Activities

Eligible projects include those that relate to the following AJF's priority areas for funding:
- Communication, information and advocacy
- Economic diplomacy and geopolitics
- Education and Australian studies
- Scientific innovation
- Society and culture and sport

Please refer to the Guidelines for the complete list of eligible activities.

Main Assessment Criteria

The main assessment criteria include:
- What is the grant activities’ potential for raising awareness of Australia in Japan/Japan in Australia and does it promote a contemporary and positive image of Australia?
- What is the need for the particular grant activity in the particular ocation/demographic or how does the proposed grant activity address a specific need?
- What is the capability and capacity of the applicant to undertake the grant activity?
- What is the capability and commitment of their Japanese partner?
- Will the they spend Commonwealth of Australia funds in a way that represents value for money?

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 and not a Japanese citizen or organisation.
- 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.
- Scholarships to individual students.
- Completed projects.

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

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Documentation Uploaded
Recipients 2020-02-05 Download
Guidelines 2020-01-20 Download

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Status Pending
Opening Date 5 Feb 2020
Start By Date 31 Mar 2020
Closing Date 14 Apr 2020
Closing Information
This program is available annually. The next funding round is yet to be announced.

Funding Type Grant
Min.Funding $10,000
Max.Funding $40,000
Total Funding Pool $700,000(Est)
Co-contribution Yes
Competitive Yes
Eligible Activities
Innovation and R&D
Education : Other
Sport : Other
Other : Other
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-Japan Foundation (AJF)
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