The Foundation provides grant opportunities each year to develop, promote and strengthen understanding and engagement between Australia and China, including business and community stakeholders, in support of Australia’s national interests.

The objectives of the Foundation’s 2021-22 Focussed Competitive Grants Program are:

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

The Foundation invites applications that focus on the following key priority areas:

  • Supporting Chinese international students to connect more with the broader Australian community and improve their experience of studying in Australia, and support education connections.
  • Promoting engagement across Australia’s culturally and geographically diverse Chinese Australian communities to support connections that showcase Australian excellence or recognise the contributions of Chinese Australian communities to Australian society.
  • Fostering constructive engagement and cooperation between Australia and China on environmental management, climate change and the transition to low emissions technologies.

Global Engagement provides Global Strategy Framework and Global Engagement BriefsThe Global Strategy and Partnerships (GSP) team welcome inquiries to identify potential partners in China.

Key Dates
If letter of support and general review by GSP are needed, request must be made to GSP by
: 29 November 2021

DFAT’s closing date and time: 6.00pm AEDT on 6 December 2021



Please consult the guidelines for the eligibility of your project

Grants available
The estimated grant value is from $20,000 to $500,000 per annum for a maximum of 2 years.

Labour costs of Australian employees you directly employ to deliver the core elements of the grant project (but not ongoing salaries) is an eligible expenditure.

Subsidy of general ongoing administration of an organisation such as electricity, phone, rent, salaries (including for research assistants or administrative staff), honorariums or administrative charges levied by the applicant's organisation are not normally funded.

How to Apply

Step 1. Completing the application

All applications must be submitted by the applicant electronically using the SmartyGrants online application form. Guidelines and full details on how to apply are published in the DFAT website. Grant applicants will need to register and log into the GrantConnect website to get access to the grant guidelines.

Upon request, the GSP team can provide a letter of support. Applicants must provide complete application and a signed cover sheet with the request. Please allow five working days for the GSP team to process the letter of support. 

Step 2. GSP internal review and feedback
If you require a review on compliance and feedback, please email your application to the GSP team by 29 November 2021.



Key dates

Closing date and time: 6.00pm AEDT on 6 December 2021
If letter of support and general review by GSP are needed, request must be made to GSP by: 29 November 2021