National Foundation for Australia-China Relations Grant Program

Australian Government

Relevent Country: China

The National Foundation for Australia-China Relations is pleased to announce an open call for the 2023-24 grants round to support constructive engagement with China, consistent with the national interest.


The Foundation’s strategic objectives are:

  • Promoting connections and practical cooperation
  • Building understanding and exchange
  • Showcasing Australian excellence
  • Engaging Australia’s diverse communities


  • The Foundation welcomes applications in line with the Foundation’s strategic objectives, including but not limited to the following areas:
  • Collaboration on climate change
  • Informed business engagement with China, including:
  • Low emissions technology, the transition to green energy and environment
  • Health and ageing
  • Education and training
  • Agritech and agribusiness
  • Digital trade and e-commerce
  • First Nations businesses and exporters
  • Visitor economy
  • Support for cohesive communities through recognising the contribution of Chinese-Australian communities
  • Activities that showcase the regional diversity of Australia
  • Support for Chinese international students and scholars to connect with the broader Australian community
  • Activities that showcase the knowledge and cultures of Australia’s First Nations people in China
  • Communications, including projecting a positive image of Australia in China, media diversity and capability
  • People-to-people connections, including in art, culture and sports
  • Practical outcomes in health, science and technology that showcase the benefits of international collaboration and/or the contribution of Chinese Australians in these fields
  • Exchanges and dialogues that increase mutual understanding
  • Programs that enhance the China literacy and capability of Australian organisations Creative and innovative ideas not covered in this list are also welcome.

Funding Information

  • For this competitive grant opportunity, up to $6.5million is available for disbursement in the 2023-2024 financial year. It is anticipated that most grants will be valued between $100,000 and $500,000.


  • The maximum grant period is two years.
  • During this period, you will be expected to provide evaluation reporting and acquittals in accordance with your grant agreement.


The intended outcomes of the program are:

  • The establishment and maintenance of valuable engagement or connections with China for mutual benefit
  • Enhanced capacity for Australia to engage with, and capitalise on, opportunities with or in China
  • Greater recognition within China of Australia’s national story, society, excellence, and the value and benefits of engaging with Australia
  • Greater awareness and recognition of First Nations knowledge and cultures in China
  • Collaboration that enables Australian institutions to benefit from Chinese innovation and expertise
  • Mechanisms that are successful in enhancing the Chinese and Australian people-to-people connections and individual experiences in Australia and in China, as a catalyst for life-long connections
  • Events or other initiatives which promote the rich and diverse spectrum of Chinese-Australian achievements


  • Your grant can include activities at different locations provided they are in Australia and/or Greater China.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible, you must:

  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • be a permanent resident or citizen of Australia
  • have an account with an Australian financial institution
  • be located in Australia or Greater China
  • and be one of the following entity types:
  • a company incorporated in Australia
  • a company incorporated by guarantee
  • an incorporated trustee on behalf of a trust
  • an incorporated association
  • a partnership
  • a registered charity or not-for-profit organisation
  • a publicly funded research organisation
  • an individual who is an Australian citizen or permanent resident of Australia
  • an Australian local government body
  • an Australian state or territory government body
  • an Australian statutory authority
  • a Corporate Commonwealth Entity
  • an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Corporation registered under the Corporations (Aboriginal and /or Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006.

Ineligibility Criteria

You are not eligible to apply if you are:

  • an organisation, or your project partner is an organisation, included on the National Redress Scheme’s website on the list of ‘Institutions that have not joined or signified their intent to join the Scheme’
  • unincorporated association
  • a previous grantee who has failed to provide a full and proper acquittal of an earlier DFAT grant