Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program frequently asked questions

My activity is not in DFAT's Focus Country, can I still apply?

The Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program (ACDGP) supports our Public Diplomacy objectives, including DFAT's focus country program. We do not limit the ACDGP to DFAT's focus country program. The list of 2016 ACDGP grantees can be found here and as you can see they encompass a broad geographic spread beyond the focus country programs of Brazil (2016), Germany (2017) and Japan (2018). 

You say I need to get in-principle approval from the relevant DFAT office overseas. Do I need a letter from the Ambassador?

Applicants need to contact the DFAT Embassy or Consulate in the country in which they will undertake their project to seek in-principle support. This is a good opportunity for applicants to determine whether their project compliments DFAT's in-country public diplomacy objectives. There is no need to provide a letter from the Ambassador or DFAT staff in-country, you may simple provide the name and contact details of the DFAT officer that you spoke to in your application form. DFAT may crosscheck this as part of the assessment process.

You can find contact information for DFAT's overseas embassies and consulates on our website.

When can my activity start?

If you are applying in the 2017 round of the ACDGP your activity must start in the 2017-18 financial year. DFAT may not be able to offer you funding if your activity starts in June 2017 as we cannot retrospectively fund activities or provide funds before a Funding Agreement has been executed by both parties.

Do you have a newsletter that I can sign up to?

You can sign up for the newsletter on the ACDGP home page.

The grants round is closed. Can I apply for a grant outside of the annual round?

No, the ACDGP only considers funding through the annual grants round.

When will you announce the outcome of the 2017 grant round?

Applications to the 2017 round of the ACDGP close at 2pm on 12 April. We anticipate an August announcement of the outcomes of the round. We will update the ACDGP home page to reflect any changes to the 2017 ACDGP timeline.

Please refer to the 2017 ACDGP Guidelines and application form for further detailed information.

Contact us

The Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program is administered through the Public Diplomacy Branch, Cultural Diplomacy Section.


Last Updated: 27 February 2017