Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program

The Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program (ACDGP) supports the delivery of high-quality public diplomacy initiatives which promote our economic, artistic, and cultural assets to an international audience, to strengthen Australia’s reputation as an innovative, creative nation and foster collaborative people-to-people links internationally.

Priority regions

The Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program (ACDGP) focus is on activities that contribute to advancing Australia’s foreign and trade policy priorities and enhance understanding of Australia, particularly in the four priority regions (Asia; South Pacific; America’s and Western Europe; and the Middle East and Africa).

A priority is also to support targeted public diplomacy initiatives in the current year’s targeted Focus Country. Each year the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade delivers a targeted focus country public diplomacy program in a country of significance to Australia. The program’s objective is to raise Australia’s profile as an innovative, creative nation and build understanding of contemporary Australia beyond our landscape and lifestyle.

Further information: Focus Country Program (FCP)

Applications for the 2016 ACDGP grant round are now closed and late applications will not be accepted. Applicants will be notified of the outcomes of the 2016 ACDGP round in July 2016. The 2017 ACDGP will open in early 2017.

ACDGP 2016 guidelines

Contact us

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


2015–16 Funding recipients

Read more about current grantees

All figures below are GST inclusive.

Australian grant recipient organisation Project Touring to Grant amount $
Australian Fashion Chamber (NSW) A small group of Australian fashion designers will be part of Paris Fashion week, the top fashion trade show globally. This project is part of a longer-term objective to raise the profile of Australian fashion designers. France $60,500
Australian World Orchestra Limited (NSW) Combining orchestral musicians from around the world, the Australian World Orchestra tour includes performances, cultural exchange and outreach programs with partners across India. India $20,350
Black Arm Band Incorporated (Vic) Delivering a large scale music theatre production, ‘dirtsong’, which celebrates contemporary Australian Indigenous music, to audiences in New Zealand and Brazil. Brazil, New Zealand $66,000
Circa Contemporary Circus Ltd (Qld) Circa will engage in a two-stage tour of ‘Beyond’ to Brazil, Mexico and Uruguay. Brazil, Mexico, Uruguay $33,000
ILBIJERRI Theatre Company (Vic) Tour of the theatre production ‘Jack Charles V the Crown’, a one-man tale based on Jack Charles’ life as a child of the Stolen Generation. Canada $38,679
Insite Arts International  (Vic) This project involves a tour of ‘Saltbush’, an Aboriginal Australian dance-theatre work for young people and family audiences.  Brazil, China $41,800
Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (NSW) An exhibition partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia and National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Korea to present new and existing work. Republic of Korea $60,500
Performing Lines Ltd (NSW) Performing Lines will tour independent Artist William Yang’s monologue performance and multidisciplinary art practice including multi-media performances, talks and story-telling workshops across China. China $14,632
Polyglot Theatre  (Vic) Polyglot Play Space is a multi-year arts project working in partnership with multiple Chinese organisations and festivals. China $132,000 Across 2 years
Queensland Art Gallery (Qld) An exhibition of Papua New Guinea (PNG) artists work from the Queensland Art Gallery collection alongside a multi-art installation and performance event. This project features newly commissioned songs by Australian and PNG musicians on oral histories, collaborative workshops, performances and installations. Papa New Guinea $66,000
Sydney Symphony Orchestra (NSW) A multi-city tour of concert performances and education outreach activities. China, Republic of Korea $22,000
The Australian Ballet (Vic) A tour including performances of ‘Swan Lake’, ‘Cinderella’ and ‘Triple Bill’ at prestigious festivals in China. China $22,000
Last Updated: 27 June 2016