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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

TThe 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 Australia now program (Japan 2018, future years to be confirmed). Each year the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade delivers the Australia now 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.

More information: Australia now

Cultural diplomacy outcomes

Projects supported by the ACDGP should advance the soft-power and partnerships aims of the 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper by:

  • Supporting cultural collaboration and partnerships that build influence internationally.
  • Establish networks and exchanges between Australian artists and arts organisations and their international partners, to expand audiences and markets.

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.
  • Expand audiences and markets.
  • Build people-to-people links internationally.
  • Leveraging existing partnerships and fostering engagement with key stakeholders in line with our 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper
  • Support other DFAT policies and programs where possible, including DFAT’s major public diplomacy initiatives such as Australia now (Japan 2018).
  • Influence perceptions of Australia at home and abroad.

Next grants round

The ACDGP is currently being evaluated in line with the Soft Power Review. The 2019 grants round will be open later this year. Please check back for updates.

Contact us

The Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program is administered through the Public Diplomacy Branch, Cultural Diplomacy Section. Email: cultural.diplomacy@dfat.gov.au

Last Updated: 11 January 2019

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