Foundations, councils and institutes

  • Council for Australian-Arab Relations Appointments

    Minister Bishop has announced the appointment of three new Board Members to the Council for Australian-Arab Relations (CAAR).

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  • Empowering Visually Impaired Young People in India through Blind Tennis (113AIC grants 2016)

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  • Hookin2Hockey through the 2017 Hockey India League (HIL) (121AIC grants 2016)

    Hockey Australia's program Hookin2Hockey will be run in conjunction with a Hockey India League Franchise Dabang Mumbai Hockey Club for the 2017 Hockey India League.

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  • Creating Tertiary Education, Employment Opportunities for Youth in Delhi Slums (123AIC grants 2016)

    School enrolment in the slums has dramatically improved, but many children drop out well before finishing high school.

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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, innovation, science, technology, the arts, media and sport.

Grant round dates

The 2017-18 grant rounds are expected to open in February 2017. Applicants are likely to be notified in late July or August 2017. Profiles of successful projects are provided on the “Grants at a Glance” webpage or on individual Foundation, Council or Institute pages under menu item “Meet our Grantees”.

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: 15 September 2016