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The Australia-China Council’s grant-making priorities for the 2014-2018 period are centered on four areas – Education, Economic Diplomacy, Arts and Culture and Australian Studies in China, and underpinned by the three cross-cutting themes - Mobility, Capabilities and New Areas of Engagement.
Support practical and effective solutions to enhance China literacy, business and cultural capabilities of Australian institutions and people to effectively engage with China and promote education and knowledge connectivity between Australia and China.
Promote diversity, growth and innovation of Australia's trade and investment relationship with China.
Showcase Australian arts, creative industries and sport engagement to Chinese audiences, and Chinese arts, creative industries and sports engagement to Australian audiences, and build closer and broader cultural, artistic and sporting partnerships.
The Council’s grant-making and program activities in the above-mentioned areas will focus on the following three cross-cutting themes:
Encouraging greater and more diverse professional mobility between Australia and China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan, including through support of the New Colombo Plan.
Building capabilities of organisations and individuals to enter into partnerships and work effectively with their Chinese counterparts; investing in information resources (including new digital and mobile platforms) that inform Australian communities and relevant sectors about opportunities, practices and risks in engaging with China.
Identifying and seeking practical solutions to develop new areas of engagement between the two countries.
All applications must be received in Smartygrants by 19 April 2017. The ACC Secretariat will not accept late applications. You will receive acknowledgement via an automatically generated email that your application has been submitted. Please contact us if you have problems submitting the application online at email@example.com or on (02) 6261 3818 or (02) 6261 9669 before the closing date.
All applicants will be advised in writing of the outcome of their application. Successful applicants must complete a Funding Agreement before the ACC Secretariat can issue an invoice.
Total funding for the ACC grants program is subject to the availability of funds.
Funding is capped at $40,000 per application. The level of funding for an individual application may only be increased in exceptional circumstances. If requesting more than $40,000, applicants will need to demonstrate significant potential of the project to make a long-term positive impact on the bilateral relationship within the funding priorities of the Council. Applicants are strongly encouraged to consider project costs and note the assessment committee is unlikely to recommend many projects be funded over $40,000 limit.
ACC grants are intended to provide modest funding to encourage partnerships with other areas of government, corporate sponsors and private donors, and applicants will normally be expected to demonstrate that they are seeking assistance from other sources.
Visit meet our grantees for a list of grant recipients in 2016-17. Our Facebook page also provides regular examples of ACC supported projects.
In order to give your online application the best chance possible, please be aware of the following:
Applications will be considered by the ACC Board assessment committees.
Decisions are made primarily on the basis of the information supplied in the Application, budget and accompanying supporting documentations. The assessment committee will seek additional input from relevant DFAT overseas missions to assist in the consideration of applications. The assessment committee may also take into account information from other sources that it considers appropriate, such as:
While an application may meet the selection criteria, a grant is not guaranteed. Successful applications may not be funded to the full amount requested.
Assessment committee members and ACC Grants Program staff must disclose any actual or perceived conflict of interest in any matter to be considered in which they are formally involved. Depending on the nature and extent of the conflict, they may be required not to take part in any discussion or decision-making process involving the conflict. Such disclosures will be formally recorded.
DFAT employees are required to comply with the Commonwealth Public Service Act 1999 and the Australian Public Service Values and Code of Conduct. DFAT's Conduct and Ethics Manual ensures that any conflicts of interest, whether actual or perceived, do not influence decision-making. The manual is available online at http://www.dfat.gov.au/publications/conduct-ethics/.
The role of ACC Grants Program staff is to:
ACC Grants Program staff do not make decisions on funding applications.
All applications are assessed against the Council's strategic objectives - funding priorities, cross-cutting themes and the following 5 key assessment criterions. Applications for grants must therefore follow these guidelines before being submitted for consideration:
2. Excellence and Quality
3. Sustainability and Continuity
5. Outreach and Publicity
In addition, the Australia-China Council programs and grant-making activities are informed by the following principles:
Funding recipients are responsible for the following:
Grant recipients will be required to sign a legally-binding funding agreement setting out the terms and conditions of the grant and the requirement to provide an acquittal within two months of the completion of the project.
Example of the funding agreement [DOCX 88 KB]
Grant recipients will be required to provide a tax invoice, in accordance with GST legislation, for each payment of grant funds in accordance with the payment dates set out in the funding agreement. Payment of a grant will not be made until the agreement has been signed by all the relevant parties and the grant recipient has submitted an invoice. Applicants should not start the project until the agreement has been signed by all relevant parties.
Funding must be used for the specific activities outlined in the application and only towards those costs indicated in the budget for ACC funding expenditure. Recipients may request changes to the agreement in writing to the ACC Secretariat, but this does not guarantee the request will be approved. The recipient must repay any unspent funds and/or funds spent on non-approved items promptly.
If a grant cannot be taken up within the specified time period, it may be withdrawn. Any changes to the timing of the project, including delays, should be reported immediately to the ACC Secretariat. If required, a request for extension should also be submitted in writing. Requests for extension will be considered but may not be approved.
A condition of funding is that the applicant will provide an acquittal report on the project and an adequate financial acquittal within 30 days of the completion of the activities for which the funding is provided. The acquittal report will include an evaluation of the project and its outcomes, accompanied by supporting evidence and a certified financial acquittal. An audited financial statement may also be required. Failure to do so will prevent the applicant from being given further funding and may lead to grant recovery action. Acquittal report can be submitted online – the link to the online acquittal report will be sent to all successful grant applicants.
Unless specified, approval of any grant to an individual, group or organisation does not commit DFAT to any future funding of that individual, group or organisation. Funding will be awarded to those who best meet the selection criteria within the amount of funds available.
Grant recipients are responsible for all administrative costs and arrangements associated with their project including visa and travel arrangements, visa charges, airport taxes, ground transport, travel and health insurance for project participants, medical and hospital insurance cover for visitors not covered by Medicare in Australia (including evacuation and death cover), any necessary insurance for equipment, and accommodation costs and arrangements. Grant recipients must be covered by appropriate insurance, including public liability insurance. DFAT may request evidence of the currency and amount of cover under all relevant policies.
Groups, unincorporated associations and other bodies with no legal status are required to nominate either a member of the group or a legally constituted organisation to take responsibility for administering the grant, should they be successful in receiving ACC grant.
The applicant, the nominated member or an administering body should provide the acquittal once the project is completed (see Acquittal Report section above). Both the applicant and the administering body will be considered responsible for unsatisfactorily acquitted grants. The administering body is not responsible for the artistic direction or the artistic quality of the project. Generally, the administering body would be required to sign the funding agreement.
Grant applicants should enter into a written agreement with their administering body, setting out the respective rights and responsibilities of both parties in relation to the grant's administration and acquittal. The agreement should also contain a dispute resolution clause setting out procedures to be followed in the event of a disagreement between the parties.
An organisation may be the administering body for as many DFAT grants as they see fit. Administering bodies may make grant applications in their own right.
Applicants may speak with the ACC Secretariat in their first language by telephoning the Translating and Interpreting Service on 131 450 (local call anywhere in Australia) and asking to be connected with the ACC Secretariat.
Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander applicants may wish to access assistance in submitting an application where English is not their first language. In these cases, applicants may contact an Indigenous language centre for assistance. A list of Indigenous language centres is provided in the National Indigenous Languages Contacts Directory available from:
The Federation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages and Culture (Corporation) (FATSILC)
295 King Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
Tel: +61 3 9602 4700
Fax: +61 3 9602 4770
Grants paid by DFAT may be considered part of an applicant's income in a financial year and may be subject to tax, including the GST. Individual applicants need to be mindful of the taxation obligations of receiving a grant as an individual. It is the applicant's responsibility to understand their taxation obligations and liabilities. Advice is available from the Australian Taxation Office on 13 28 66 or at www.ato.gov.au.
The Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act) enables applicants to request documents held by DFAT. If applicants wish to access documents under the FOI Act they must make a formal application. Charges may apply. Access to information under the FOI Act is limited by certain exemptions and an authorised decision-maker will assess any requested documents prior to any release of information.
All personal information provided in support of an application is treated in accordance with the Privacy Act 1988. The information provided in grant applications is used when processing and assessing applications. This information may also be used for training and system testing by DFAT staff and for evaluating the program.
The personal information provided by applicants will be stored centrally and will be available to Commonwealth officers and the government on a need-to-know basis.
Personal information concerning successful grant applicants may be disclosed to the ACC, to other Commonwealth agencies, State and Territory governments, media representatives, members of Parliament and the general public. DFAT may also publish this information in its Annual Report and on its website. DFAT is required to publish information about the ACC Grants Program on its website, including details of each grant awarded (for example, the recipient's name, state, suburb and postcode, the purpose and value of the grant, the date the funding agreement takes effect and the term of the agreement).
Funding under the ACC Grants Program does not imply or determine that DFAT endorses the views of the artists or participants involved in funded activity. Grant recipients are required to comply with all applicable domestic and international laws, and their activity should not bring DFAT into disrepute.
In planning overseas travel, it is recommended that applicants refer to DFAT's travel advisory service, Smartraveller. DFAT maintains travel advisories for more than 160 destinations, which provide accurate, up-to-date information about the risks Australians might face overseas. This information enables applicants to make well-informed decisions about whether, when and where to travel. DFAT encourages applicants and project personnel to register their travel with Smartraveller. This service can be accessed online at http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/.
Notwithstanding any assistance provided by DFAT in facilitating international travel through an ACC grant, applicants are responsible for their own travel insurance and travel at their own risk.