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.

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.


The 2020 Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program (ACDGP): Bushfire Renewal Round will focus on supporting the building, rebuilding and promotion of the creative industries in bushfire-affected areas of Australia.

The ACDGP: Bushfire Renewal Round opened for applications at 9am (AEST) on 10 February and closes 2pm (AEST) on 16 March 2020. Applications must be submitted using SmartyGrants at

For more information please read the 2020 Guidelines: Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program or email

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Applications close: Monday 16 March 2020