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IRGP – Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program (ACDGP)


This program seeks to support projects that engage audiences, establish ongoing networks and promote collaboration and exchange.

It forms part of the International Relations Grants Program that aims to 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:
- Support innovative collaboration and exchange.
- Promote the economic, artistic and cultural assets to an international audience.
- Expand audiences and markets.
- Build people-to-people links internationally.
- Leverage existing partnerships and fostering engagement with key stakeholders in line with the 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper.
- Support other DFAT policies and programs where possible, including DFAT’s major public diplomacy initiatives such as Australia now (Japan 2018).
- Influence perceptions of Australia at home and abroad.

Grants of up to $60,000 per year for three years are available. It is anticipated that most grants will be between $40,000 and $60,000 per year, depending on the scope of the grant activity and its complexity. Co-contributions from the applicants and other parties strengthen their application.

A total funding pool between $400,000 and $500,000 in 2018-19 is available 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
- 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 costs include:
- Economy flights, modest accommodation costs, meals and travel allowances, other transport
- Communication and translation
- Venue hire and catering
- Advertising and promotion, graphic design, photography and printed material
- Production costs, including freight and artists’ wages

Only one participant per conference or meeting and only where the participant is a principal speaker and the subject of the conference is of direct relevance to the grant opportunity.

Applicants can only spend grant funds on eligible activities as defined in the grant agreement.

Main Assessment Criteria

The main assessment criteria include:
- Support cultural diplomacy through sustained purposeful engagement.
- An innovative project that promotes Australia as a contemporary, diverse nation and a source of creative excellence.
- International collaboration and the potential for enhanced engagement in line with the 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper.
- Proven experience in delivering best practice projects overseas.
- Demonstrated artistic merit.

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.
- 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.

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  • Research & Development
  • Marketing
  • Export
  • Business Support
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Guidelines 2018-02-06 Download
Guidelines 2018-02-06 Download
FAQs 2018-03-08 Download

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Status Pending
Opening Date 5 Feb 2018
Start By Date 23 Feb 2018
Closing Date 9 Mar 2018
Closing Information
This program is available annually. The next funding round is expected to open in late 2019.

Funding Type Grant
Max.Funding $60,000
Total Funding Pool $500,000(Est)
Co-contribution Yes
Competitive Yes
Eligible Activities
General Operations
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
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
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