Foundations, councils and institutes

  • Council for Australian-Arab Relations appointments

    Foreign Minister Bishop announces the appointment of three eminent Australians to the Council for Australian-Arab Relations (CAAR).

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  • The Sydney Symphony Orchestra in Seoul

    The Australia-Korea Foundation was proud to support the joint rehearsal with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Seoul National University Orchestra on 28 October.

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  • 15th International Conference of Australian Studies in China

    The Australian Studies Centre at Peking University welcomes papers for the 15th International Conference of Australian Studies in China.

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  • Australia-Indonesia Institute (AII) grant round - now open

    The AII is calling for project proposals from organisations and individuals in Australia and Indonesia.

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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-Indonesia Institute  17:00 AEDT 21 October 2015  17:00 AEDT 20 November 2015

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.

Last Updated: 31 January 2014