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Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program (ACDGP)

Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program 2023-24 promo tile. Applications close 12 February 2024. Apply now.

The Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program (ACDGP) supports projects that promote Australia’s creative sector and First Nations identity to deepen bilateral partnerships and strengthen our reputation as a modern diverse nation internationally.

The objectives of the ACDGP are to:

  • support the promotion of Australia’s creative sector internationally 
  • support collaborative and innovative projects that promote Australia as a modern, diverse nation and a source of creative excellence 
  • influence perceptions of Australia at home and abroad through building cultural understanding and connections 
  • build people-to-people and/or institutional links internationally 
  • support First Nations creative industries and seek opportunities to assist in embedding First Nations into our Foreign Policy 
  • align with ‘Revive’, Australia’s National Cultural Policy.

The 2023-24 ACDGP Round is open. Applications close 4.00pm (AEDT) 12 February 2024. Apply on SmartyGrants.

Please note eligible grant activities for this round must start before 30 June 2024.

Available individual project funding ranges in size from $10,000 and is capped at $60,000 per annum. Multi-year grants of up to $60,000 per annum for a maximum of three years may be considered. Applicants are encouraged to seek funding support and partnerships with other areas of government, corporate sponsors and private partners.

Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program outcomes

Cultural diplomacy plays a vital role in international relations, offering unique opportunities to foster mutual understanding and build relationships. Through cultural diplomacy initiatives, DFAT strengthens Australia's influence, reputation, reach and relationships overseas. 

The ACDGP will advance Australia’s soft power and partnership objectives by:

  • Increasing public awareness of Australia’s artistic and cultural assets internationally.
  • Developing enduring partnerships in the creative sector, particularly with a First Nations focus, between Australian organisations/individuals and those in other countries  
  • Increasing Australia’s capacity to effectively engage internationally, especially in the arts and creative sectors, to build ongoing connections and collaboration.

2023-24 ACDGP Guidelines

These guidelines contain information for the 2023-24 Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program (ACDGP).

This document sets out:

  • the purpose of the grant opportunity
  • the eligibility and assessment criteria
  • how grants applications are considered and selected
  • how grantees are notified and receive grant payments
  • how grantees will be monitored and evaluated
  • responsibilities and expectations in relation to the opportunity.

You must read this document before filling out an application.

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