Foundations, councils and institutes

  • Contested Histories and the Politics of Memory

    See the line-up of speakers for the third Foundation for Australian Studies in China conference.

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  • Science Diplomacy in Japan

    The Australian Science Teachers Association’s unique teacher’s exchange continues to strengthen science and education connections in both countries.

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  • 20th Biennale of Sydney

    The future is already here - it's just not evenly distributed

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  • The joy of intercultural encounters

    Australia and Korea connected through children’s theatre and literature.

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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
Council for Australia-Arab Relations 12:00 EST Monday, 31 August 2015 16:00 EST Monday, 5 October 2015
Australia-ASEAN Council   09:00 AEST 16 September 2015  12:00 AEDT 14 October 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.

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