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)

The outcome of the 2016 round of the ACDGP was announced on 31 August 2016. Applications for the next round of the ACDGP will open in early 2017.

Contact us

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


2016 Funding recipients

Read more about current grantees

Figures below state GST.



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Grant Amount

University Of New South Wales

Manifesto for the city – MAD.LAB @ Beijing Design Week

MAD.LAB@BJDW aims to promote young Australian creatives and Australian design education at UNSW Art & Design through MAD.LAB’s participation at Beijing Design Week.


$14,943 plus $1,453 GST

Australasian Performing Right Association Ltd (trading as Sounds Australia)

Australian Music Industry South American Trade Mission

SOUNDS AUSTRALIA seeks to lead a trade delegation made up of Australian music industry professionals to South America for twelve days in December 2016 setting a strong foundation for reciprocal business outcomes. 

Brazil, Chile, Argentina

$60,000 plus $6,000 GST

Australian Fashion Chamber Ltd.

Designers Abroad

The AFC will project a positive and contemporary image of Australia in the fashion capital of the world (Paris) and we strongly believe that this opportunity has the potential to expand their businesses globally.


$50,000 per year for three years

Chamber Made Opera

Teahouse Sanctuary

Teahouse Sanctuary is a new music theatre work built from a collaboration between Chamber Made Opera (CMO) and artists of the Sichuan Conservatory of Music.


$13,000 plus $1,300 GST

Deakin University 

Developing the International Indigenous Design Charter: International Forum

The aim of the forum is to progress the realisation of an International Indigenous Design Charter, outlining the appropriate use of Indigenous knowledge in design practice.

Canada, Copenhagen


Victorian Arts Centre Trust


REBEL MUSIC will be a high-energy concert incorporating music, street dance and visual projection, bringing together rising stars from Port Moresby’s urban music scene, Australian and Pacific artists.

Papua New Guinea

 $17,600 plus $1,760 GST

Synergy & Taikoz LTD

Earth Cry

'Earth Cry' is the result of a five-year collaboration between Synergy Percussion and Korea's premier samul-nori ensemble, Noreum Machi. 

Republic of Korea

$10,392 plus $1,039

Victorian Arts Centre Trust

Satan Jawa at Asia TOPA

Satan Jawa is a ground-breaking silent film and live music score commissioned by Arts Centre Melbourne for combined forces of traditional Indonesian and contemporary Western orchestral instruments. 


$25,000 plus $2,500 GST

Madeleine Flynn and Tim Humphrey

Five Short Blasts Hamburg

Presentation of this award-winning work, originally created and presented in Melbourne, and presented in Prague in 2015 will be a significant cultural exchange between Australia and Germany, brokered through the universal language of water passage.



Sydney Dance Company

SDC tour to New York and the east-coast of USA

Sydney Dance Company (SDC), Australia's pre-eminent national contemporary dance company, is undertaking a four-city tour (New York, Boston, Swarthmore and Amherst) to the east-coast of the USA in Feb/March 2017. 

United States of America

$40,000 plus $4,000 GST

Monash Art Ensemble –

Australia-Japan Collaborative Jazz Ensemble

Designed to build on existing networks, this three year project will culminate in a showcase of Australian contemporary jazz at international festivals in Japan in 2018 – the Tokyo Jazz Festival (Tokyo Jazz) and the Iwate Jazz Festival – and in Australia, at the Melbourne International Jazz Festival (MIJF).


$15,000 per year for three years plus $4,500 GST

Marrugeku Inc –

Season of "Cut the Sky" and choreographic laboratory in Noumea

Marrugeku will tour its latest production Cut the Sky to the Waan Pacific Dance Festival at Centre Cultural Tjibaou, New Caledonia, followed by a two-week International Indigenous Choreographic Laboratory (IICL) facilitated by Marrugeku.


$15,000 plus $1,500 GST

Mr Brodie Neill

The Australian Pavilion at the London Design Biennale

Australian designer Brodie Neill will present the Australian pavilion at the inaugural London Design Biennale (LDB) at Somerset House, 7-27 September 2016.

United Kingdom


Tutti Arts Inc

BEASTLY! collaboration for 2016 Georgetown and OzAsia festivals

BEASTLY brings disabled artists from Tutti Arts South Australia and people with disability from Stepping Stone Penang together to make a performance installation work for the 2016 Georgetown Festival which explores the plight of animal species destroyed or displaced by the rampant spread of cities. 


$10,000 plus $1,000 GST

James Morrison Academy of Music Pty Ltd

James Morrison Academy Jazz Orchestra Tour of USA 2017

The tour would be a precursor to an exclusive exchange partnership with the Juilliard School planned for 2017, a major coup for any Australian organisation and especially for regional Australia, other lasting important relationships in the region and an ongoing culturally diplomatic presence in the United States for the James Morrison Academy of Music. 

United States of America

$20,000 plus $2,000 GST

Polyglot Theatre  (Vic)

Play Space

Polyglot Play Space is a multi-year arts project working in partnership with multiple Chinese organisations and festivals.


$60,000 per year for two years plus $1,200 (multi-year grantee from 2015)

Last Updated: 17 August 2016