Foundations, councils and institutes

  • Appointment of BHP Billiton Chair of Australian Studies at Peking University

    Professor Gregory McCarthy has been appointed the BHP Billiton Chair of Australian Studies at Peking University.

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  • Arab Film Festival Australia

    13 - 30 August 2015 in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra.

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  • CAAR Grant round opening for projects in the Arab world

    CAAR has announced its intersessional grant round dates.

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  • Successful grant recipients 2015-16

    Australia-Korea Foundation Grant 2015-16: encouraging deeper relations between the peoples of Australia and Korea.

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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 Australians are appointed to the boards, providing a range of expertise and input to Australia’s foreign and trade policy. 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 and trade policies 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 the arts, media, education, business, science, technology and sport.

Grant round dates

Link to grant round Opening Closing
Council for Australia-Arab Relations 12:00 EST Monday, 31 August 2015 16:00 EST Monday, 5 October 2015
Australia-ASEAN Council  TBA  TBA

Grants eligibility

There is considerable competition for grant money and individual grants generally do not exceed $40,000. Australian individuals and organisations as well as joint applications involving non-Australian individuals or organisations with an Australian partner are eligible. 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.

Grant recipients

Lists of previous grant recipients.

Grant programs

Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program

Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program

Council for Australian-Arab Relations (CAAR)

CAAR Grants Program

Australia-China Council (ACC)

ACC Grants Program

Council on Australia Latin America Relations (COALAR)

COALAR grant program

Australia Indonesia Institute (AII) Scholarships, Exchanges and Fellowships

Australia-Japan Foundation (AJF)

AJF Grant Program

Australia-Korea Foundation (AKF)

AKF Grant Program

Australia-India Council (AIC)

AIC Grant Guidelines

Australia-Malaysia Institute

AMI Grant Program

Australia-Thailand Institute (ATI)

ATI Grant Program