Foundations, councils and institutes

  • Second Australia-ASEAN Council Grant Round opens

    The second Australia-ASEAN Council Grant Round is now open.

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  • ACC 2016-17 grant round now open

    The round opened at 9.00am on Monday 1 February 2016 AEST, and will close at 12 noon on Monday 4 April.

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  • Developing your professional networks overseas?

    The Boards of DFAT’s Foundations, Councils and Institutes welcome grant applications to support Australians deepen working relationships with international partners.

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  • 2016-17 grant round dates

    The 2016-17 round will open at 9.00am 1 February 2016 and will close at 12.00 noon Canberra time on 4 April 2016.

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Over the past nearly 40 years the Australian Government has established cultural councils supporting people-to-people links underpinning our key bilateral and regional relationships. Eminent Australian business and community leaders are appointed to the boards, providing a range of expertise and input to Australia’s foreign policy and economic diplomacy goals. Funding for these Foundations, Councils and Institutes and for the Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program is provided through the International Relations Grants Program.

The International Relations Grants Program (IRGP) supports the Government's foreign policies and economic diplomacy interests and projects a positive contemporary image of Australia. IRGP grants support professional, community and institutional linkages between Australia and its partners on contemporary issues of shared interest including business, education, the arts, media, science, technology and sport.

Grant round dates

Link to grant round Opening Closing
Australia-ASEAN Council 1 February 2016, 9am AEDT 18 April 2016, 3pm AEST
Australia-China Council 1 February 2016, 9am AEDT 4 April 2016, 12 noon AEST
Australia-India Council 22 February 2016, 1am AEDT 26 April 2016, Midnight AEST
Australia-Indonesia Institute 1 February 2016, 9am AEDT 14 March 2016, 3pm AEDT
Australia-Japan Foundation 1 February 2016, 9am AEDT (7am Japan standard time) 4 April 2016, 12 noon AEST (11am Japan standard time)
Australia-Korea Foundation 1 February 2016, 9am AEDT 4 April 2016, 12 noon AEST
Council for Australia-Arab Relations 1 February 2016, 9am AEDT 11 April 2016, 1pm (1300) AEST
Council on Australia Latin America Relations

COALAR 1 February 2016 (Expressions of Interest)

COALAR Invited full applications 2 May 2016

COALAR Expressions of Interest: 29 February 2016, 12 noon AEDT

COALAR Full applications: 30 May 2016

Standard grant documentation

Individual application forms for each Foundation, Council and Institute are customised to address the strategic priorities relevant to the individual diplomatic relationship. When a grant round is open, applicants complete an interactive form online via SmartyGrants. These static Word and PDF versions provide an indication of the information required:

The standard draft funding agreement is also customised to the particular grant and country situation.

Grants eligibility

There is considerable competition for grant money and individual grants generally do not exceed $40,000. IRGP grants are managed in accordance with the Commonwealth Grant Rules and Guidelines. Grants are generally not awarded for:

  • Capital expenditure including items such as real property, equipment or computer software;
  • Activities that are properly the responsibility of other funding bodies or other government agencies (e.g. development assistance projects, trade promotion and academic research);
  • Activities that are commercially viable in their own right or which give a commercial advantage to one organisation;
  • Conference travel, salaries for research assistants or administrative staff; honorariums or administrative charges levied by the applicant's organisation; or
  • Projects already completed.

Given the competition for grants funding, requested travel costs should be reasonable (refer to the ATO website).

Grant recipients

Lists of previous grant recipients.

Grant project summaries are available under the grants tabs of individual FCI pages. Project summaries across the Foundations, Councils and Institutes are also collated here: Grants at a glance.

Last Updated: 31 January 2014