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Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program

  • We Can We Are Talented, Bus Stop Films’ Project

    Bus Stop Films promote inclusive education in Mongolia through filmmaking and story-telling, as well as teaching social, work ready, language and literacy skills to students with and without disabilities at the Media and Arts School in Mongolia.

  • Out Of Chaos...

    Stripped back and raw, this is acrobatics and physical theatre at its best.

  • Pasifika Film Fest 2019 – 2020

    The Pasifika Film Fest showcases Pacific storytelling through film while encouraging Pasifika writers, directors and actors to explore links to their culture.

  • We Can We Are Talented, Bus Stop Films’ Project

  • Out Of Chaos...

  • Pasifika Film Fest 2019 – 2020

Rounds open:

The next round is due to open in mid-2021

Cultural diplomacy plays a vital role in international relations, offering unique opportunities to foster mutual understanding and build relationships.

The key aim of cultural diplomacy is sustained purposeful engagement to promote Australia's cultural and creative industries overseas; to establish networks; and support ongoing collaborations and exchange.

Through cultural diplomacy initiatives, DFAT strengthens Australia's influence, reputation, reach and relationships overseas.

Cultural diplomacy shows our core values and promotes Australia as an innovative, creative, diverse and tolerant nation; and as an attractive place to live, work, study, and invest.

The promotion of Australia's cultural and creative industries internationally acknowledges the economic importance of the creative economy to Australia.

DFAT supports cultural diplomacy through the Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program (ACDGP).

Funding is available for projects that:

  • create a positive and contemporary image of Australia
  • build people-to-people links
  • strengthen engagement
  • enhance markets and develop export opportunities, particularly in the Indo-Pacific region.

Building creative excellence

The arts are more than a cultural export. Collaboration on cultural projects helps build influence and partnerships internationally and creates shared understanding.

DFAT's promotion of Australian excellence in culture and the arts works to establish networks and encourage collaboration and exchanges between Australian artists and arts organisations and their international partners. It helps to expand audiences and markets for Australian artistic work and creative products. We also promote Australian expertise in arts production and management, and build our reputation as a culturally rich and diverse society.

Priority sectors and targeted countries or regions

We will consider all applications. However, we encourage you to consider your creative activity and ACDGP application through the prism of Australia's policy priorities outlined in the 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper.

Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program outcomes

Cultural diplomacy is an important tool for governments to advance Australia's interests, soft power and influence. The ACDGP will advance the soft power and partnerships objectives of the 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper by:

  • Supporting cultural collaboration and partnerships that build influence internationally
  • Promoting our economic, artistic and cultural assets to an international audience
  • Expanding audiences and markets
  • Building people-to-people links internationally
  • Leveraging existing partnerships and fostering engagement with key stakeholders
  • Supporting other DFAT programs
  • Influencing perceptions of Australia at home and abroad.
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