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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. These initiatives strengthen Australia’s reputation as an innovative, creative nation and foster collaborative people-to-people links internationally.

Priority regions

The 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 (Japan 2018, future years to be confirmed). 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)

Cultural Diplomacy Outcomes

Projects supported by the ACDGP should engage audiences, establish ongoing networks and promote collaboration and exchange and align to cultural diplomacy outcomes:

  • Expand audiences and markets for Australian artistic work and creative products.
  • Promote Australian expertise in arts production and management.
  • Leverage public-private partnerships.
  • Recognise the role of cultural actors as authentic and accessible agents of social change.
  • Influence perceptions of Australia at home and abroad.

ACDGP Objectives

The ACDGP will achieve DFAT’s cultural diplomacy outcomes by:

Supporting innovative collaboration and exchange.

  • Promoting our economic, artistic and cultural assets to an international audience.
  • Supporting cultural diplomacy initiatives in future Focus Country’s (Japan 2018, future years to be confirmed).
  • Fostering collaborative people-to-people links internationally.
  • Leveraging existing partnerships and fostering engagement with key stakeholders in line with our economic diplomacy objectives.

Applications for the 2017 round of the ACDGP opens on 6th February and closes at 2pm AEST on 12th April 2017. Late applications will not be considered. Application should be made online through SmartyGrants. The 2017 ACDGP guidelines can be downloaded here. The outcome of the 2016 round of the ACDGP was announced on 31 August 2016. Current ACDGP grantees are listed below.

Contact us

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

Email: cultural.diplomacy@dfat.gov.au

2016 Funding recipients

Read more about current grantees

Figures below state GST.



Touring to

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 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 will be a significant cultural exchange between Australia and Germany, brokered through the universal language of water passage. Originally created and presented in Melbourne, “Five Short Blasts” was also presented in Prague in 2015



Sydney Dance Company

Sydney Dance Company tour to New York and the east-coast of USA
Sydney Dance Company, 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 February and 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 toured 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 facilitated by Marrugeku.


$15,000 plus $1,500 GST

Mr Brodie Neill

The Australian Pavilion at the London Design Biennale
Australian designer Brodie Neill presented 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 brought together disabled artists from Tutti Arts South Australia and people with disability from Stepping Stone Penang to create 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 will 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. The tour will compliment ongoing relationships and cultural presence in the United States for the James Morrison Academy of Music.

United States of America

$20,000 plus $2,000 GST

Polyglot Theatre

Play Space
Polyglot Play Space is a multi-year arts project working in partnership with multiple Chinese organisations and festivals.
(multi-year grantee from 2015)


$60,000 per year for two years plus $1,200 GST

Last Updated: 14 February 2017

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