Foundations, councils and institutes

  • The Australia-ASEAN Council

    The Australia-ASEAN Council (AAC) will generate opportunities for Australian business, education, science and innovation, and the arts to work with partners in South-East Asia.

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  • The Middle East - The New Asia, Why Australia should concentrate on strengthening the Economic Relationship

    CAAR Chairman Mr Talal Yassine OAM will be presenting at Weston Theatre, ANU at 5pm on the 29 July 2015.

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  • Nusa Tenggara Barat Emergency Services Personnel

    The Australia-Indonesia Institute welcomes the Nusa Tenggara Barat Emergency Services Personnel.

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  • Japan’s evolving national security policy: implications for the region

    Professor Takashi Shiraishi will deliver the 2015 Australia-Japan Foundation Address.

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Over the past nearly 40 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.

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