Foundations, councils and institutes

  • 2015-16 CAAR Grant Round successful applications

    The CAAR met on the 16 June in Sydney and decided on 2015-16 grant applications.

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  • Intern Brendan Elliot in Korea: sports bars and newsrooms

    Elliott Brennan was awarded the Australia-Korea Foundation 2015 Fellowship and was invited to spend a month interning for the Korea Herald.

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  • Islamic Museum of Australia - Artist in Residence Program 2015

    The AMI provided funding support for an Artist in Residence Program 2015 at the Islamic Museum of Australia in June this year.

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  • Education - Australian Studies in Japan - 2016-17 and 2017-18

    The Australia-Japan Foundation supports the teaching of Australian Studies in Japan at the University of Tokyo.

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Over the past nearly 50 years the Australian Government has established cultural councils to support the 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 is provided through the International Relations Grants Program.

The International Relations Grants Program (IRGP) provides grants to foster people-to-people and institutional links - bilaterally and regionally – in support of the Government's foreign and trade policy goals and to project 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, science, technology and social development initiatives such as health and sport.

Former Institutes (amalgamated to form the Australian-ASEAN Council)


Grants eligibility

There is considerable competition for grant money and individual grants generally do not exceed $30,000. 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 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)

How to apply for funding from the Australia-India Council

Australia-Malaysia Institute

AMI Grant Program

Australia-Thailand Institute (ATI)

ATI Grant Program

Last Updated: 31 January 2014