International Engagement Fund
$5,000 to $30,000 for creative collaboration and development, cultural exchange and reciprocal activities.
Rainbow Chan, The Bridal Lament, 2022, Image courtesy of the artist.
About the program
This fund supports Australian artists and creative workers to undertake creative collaboration and development; cultural exchange and knowledge sharing; research, experimentation, scoping and prototyping activities; and reciprocal relationship-building activities such as residency exchanges, labs and peer exchange models.
Activities can take place in-person, online, or in a combination of in-person and online (hybrid).
International organisations working with Australian artists or creative workers are eligible to apply.
Only one application can be made to this category per closing date.
Funding amounts are available between $5,000 to $30,000.
Applications must meet at least one of our International Engagement Strategy 2021–2025 priorities:
- rethink and expand the concept of mobility through testing dynamic engagement models that include digital, hybrid and in-person connection
- leverage technologies and digital platforms for creation, distribution, networking, and increasing discoverability of Australian work
- activate borderless thinking to build reciprocal and multilateral partnerships across regions and industries, and leverage co-investment
- strengthen First Nations exchange that is First Nations-led and self-determined
- amplify Asia Pacific engagement, and the perspectives of the Asia Pacific diaspora in Australia
- diversify income and revenue streams to foster sustainable careers and business models by increasing access to markets, information and networks and showcase Australian work to global audiences and influencers
- foster creative risk-taking, experimentation and innovation in creation, distribution, connection and profile-building
- centre equity and access and reflect Australia’s diversity
- embed sustainability through research and investment in best-practice models and frameworks to minimise the sector’s carbon footprint.
Supported activities must last no longer than two years from the proposed start date.
Your project must consider the latest government travel advice regarding COVID-19.
Please read through the following grant guidelines.
If you need advice about applying, contact an Artists Services Officer.
Who can apply
- You can only submit one application to each closing date for the International Engagement Fund.
- You cannot have applied to the Tuesday 5 September 2023 closing date for the Arts Projects grant categories for the same activity.
- Individuals, groups and organisations (including small businesses) may apply to this category.
- International organisations can apply for projects that benefit practicing Australian artists or creative workers, their work or Australian audiences.
- International publishers seeking support to translate Australian works by living authors of creative writing, and Australian publishers seeking support to translate non-English works into English by Australian translators must apply to the Translation Fund for Literature.
Who can’t apply
You can’t apply for a grant if:
- you have already applied to this closing date for the International Engagement Fund
- you have already applied to the Tuesday 5 September 2023 closing date for the Arts Projects grant categories for the same activity
- you have an overdue grant report
- you owe money to Creative Australia
- your organisation receives investment through the National Performing Arts Partnership Framework
- your organisation receives a combined total of more than $520,000 annually (per calendar year) through the Four Year Funding program, and/or the Visual Arts and Crafts Strategy funding from 2021 to 2024
- you are an international publisher seeking support to translate Australian works by living authors of creative writing, or an Australian publisher seeking support to translate non-English works into English by Australian translators. You must apply to the Translation Fund for Literature.
What can be applied for
You may apply for costs associated with creative collaboration and development; cultural exchange and knowledge sharing; research, experimentation, scoping and prototyping activities; and reciprocal relationship-building activities such as residency exchanges, labs and peer exchange models.
Activities may take place in-person, online, or a combination of in-person and online (hybrid activities).
Eligible costs include but are not limited to:
- artist and creative worker fees
- flights, accommodation, per diems, ground transport costs
- travel insurance
- visas, COVID-19-related tests or documentation
- freight or baggage costs
- production expenses
- marketing, promotion and project management costs
- childcare, carer and access costs
- costs associated with reducing the environmental impact of your activity.
Access costs are legitimate expenses and may be included in your application. We encourage applicants to ensure that their work is accessible to everyone. Budgets may include costs associated with making activities accessible to a wide range of people (e.g. performances using Auslan, translation to other languages, captioning, audio description, temporary building adjustments, and materials in other formats).
If you are a d/Deaf applicant, an applicant with disability, or are working with d/Deaf artists or artists with disability, you may apply for access costs associated with the use of an interpreter, translation services, specific technical equipment, carer or support worker assistance. Please contact Artists Services to discuss your specific needs.
What can’t be applied for
You can’t apply for:
- international presentations or tours (apply for the International Touring & Presentation Fund instead)
- outbound international market development activities (apply for the International Travel Fund instead)
- international activities that do not involve or benefit Australian practicing artists or creative workers
- international activities that do not have a clearly-defined arts component
- international activities that have already taken place
- activities engaging with First Nations content, artists and communities that do not adhere to our First Nations Cultural & Intellectual Property Protocols.
- support to translate Australian works by living authors of creative writing, or an Australian publisher seeking support to translate non-English works into English by Australian translators. You must apply to the Translation Fund for Literature.
Your application must comply with the following Protocols. We may contact you to request further information during the assessment process, or if successful, as a condition of your funding.
Protocols for using First Nations Cultural and Intellectual Property in the Arts
All applications involving First Nations artists, communities or subject matter must adhere to these Protocols, provide evidence of this in their application and support material. More information on the First Nations Protocols is available here.
Commonwealth Child Safe Framework
All successful applicants are required to comply with all Australian law relating to employing or engaging people who work or volunteer with children, including working with children checks and mandatory reporting. Successful organisations who provide services directly to children, or whose funded activities involve contact with children, will additionally be required to implement the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations.
Industry Advisors will assess your application against the published assessment criteria. Our staff will moderate the assessment.
You must respond to all three selection criteria: viability, impact and strategic focus.
Listed under each criterion are points the assessors may consider when reviewing your application.
Assessors will consider whether your activity is feasible. Some ways to consider viability are listed below. You do not need to respond to every bullet point.
- The relevance and timeliness of the proposed project.
- The skills and abilities of those involved, and their relevance to the project.
- Realistic and achievable planning and resource use, including contingency and COVID-safe plans for projects that involve public presentations, domestic or international travel.
- Well-researched and rationalised activity, particularly if this is your first engagement with an international market.
- Extent of sustainable practices, multiple engagements and/or slow touring or concept touring, where the idea, process, or work travels but the artist does not.
- Appropriate payments to participating artists, creative professionals, collaborators, participants, or cultural consultants.
- Measures being applied to ensure the safety and wellbeing of people involved in the project
- Measures being applied to ensure the proposed activity is accessible.
- Where relevant to the project, evidence that the protocols for using First Nations Cultural and Intellectual Property in the Arts have been adhered to, or the relevant cultural protocols for the international jurisdiction in which you are working.
- Evidence of appropriate consultation with participants, audiences or communities.
- The role of partners or collaborators, including confirmation of any income and co-funding, including earned income, grants, sponsorship and in-kind contributions.
Assessors will consider the impact of your activity. Some ways to consider impact are listed below. You do not need to respond to every bullet point.
- The extent to which this activity develops an international market or relationship for, or enhances international networks, audiences, and profile.
- The contribution of the activity towards re-imagining the future for international engagement in the cultural and creative industries.
- The extent to which the activity contributes to a sector that is accessible, inclusive and equitable.
Assessors will consider how your activity meets one or more of the strategic priorities identified in our International Engagement Strategy 2021–2025.
You must respond to one or more of the bullet points listed below.
- Rethink and expand the concept of mobility through testing dynamic engagement models that include digital, hybrid and in-person connection.
- Leverage technologies and digital platforms for creation, distribution, networking, and increase discoverability of Australian work.
- Activate borderless thinking to build reciprocal and multilateral partnerships across regions and industries, and leverage co-investment.
- Strengthen First Nations exchange that is First Nations-led and self-determined.
- Amplify Asia Pacific engagement, and the perspectives of the Asia Pacific diaspora in Australia.
- Diversify income and revenue streams to foster sustainable careers and business models by increasing access to markets, information and networks and showcase Australian work to global audiences and influencers.
- Foster risk-taking, experimentation and innovation in creation, distribution, connection and profile-building.
- Centre equity and access and reflect Australia’s diversity.
- Embed sustainability through research and investment in best-practice models and frameworks to minimise the sector’s carbon footprint.
The types of questions we ask in the application form include:
- a title for your project
- a summary of your project
- a brief description of the organisation applying
- an outline of your project and what you want to do
- a timetable or itinerary for your project
- a description of the outcome your project delivers
- a projected budget which details the expenses, income, and in-kind support of the project
- evidence of confirmation of the presentation/tour, such as letters of agreement or confirmation, contracts, evidence of reasonable fees being paid by the presenter
- supporting material as relevant to your project, including examples of your work, bios of additional artists, and letters of support or permission from participants, communities, First Nations organisation, and Elders.
You should submit support material with your application. The Industry Advisors may review this support material to help them gain a better sense of your project.
We do not accept application-related support material submitted via post. Application-related material received by post will not be assessed and will be returned to the sender. If you think you will have difficulty submitting your support material online, or need advice on what type of material to submit, please contact Artists Services.
There are four types of support material you may submit:
1. Artistic support material
This should include relevant, recent examples of your artistic or cultural work, or the services you provide.
Types of support material we accept
Our preferred method of receiving support material is via URLs (weblinks).
You can provide up to three URLs (weblinks) that link to content that is relevant to your proposal. This may include video, audio, images, or written material.
These URLs can include a total of:
- 10 minutes of video and/or audio recording
- 10 images
- 10 pages of written material (for example, excerpts of literary writing).
Please note: Our peer assessors will not access any URLs that require them to log in or sign up to a platform. Please do not provide links to Spotify or other applications that require users to log in or pay for access.
If you are linking to media files that are private or password protected like Vimeo, please provide the password in the password field on the application form.
Other accepted file formats
If you cannot supply support material via URLs, you may upload support material to your application in the following formats:
- video (MP4, QuickTime, and Windows Media)
- audio (MP3 and Windows Media)
- images (JPEG and PowerPoint)
- written material (Word and PDF).
2. Biographies and CVs
You can include a brief bio or curriculum vitae (CV) for key artists, personnel or other collaborators involved in your project.
Brief bios or CV information should be presented as a single document no longer than two A4 pages in total.
3. Letters of support
Individuals, groups or organisations can write letters in support of your project. A support letter should explain how the project or activity will benefit you, other artists or arts professionals, participants or the broader community. It can also detail the support or involvement of key project partners, or evidence of consultation.
If relevant to your activity, letters of support must provide evidence of appropriate permissions and support from First Nations organisations, communities, and Elders. Please refer to the First Nations Protocols for more information.
You can include up to five letters of support, with each letter not exceeding one A4 page.
4. Travel risk management
Your project must consider the latest government advice regarding COVID-19.
If your application is successful, you will be responsible for your own COVID-19 safety planning and risk management.
If your project involves international travel, you must consider the costs and impact of quarantine and/or any additional travel and accommodation costs for all project participants. For the Australian Government’s latest travel advice, go to Smartraveller.
You are strongly encouraged to submit a one-page risk management and/or COVID-safe plan (in any format) with your application if it involves travel. If you require a template, you can download one here.
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The next round closing dates are:
- Tuesday 19 September 2023 at 3pm AEST, for projects beginning after 1 January 2024.
- Tuesday 6 February 2024 at 3pm AEDT, for projects beginning after 1 June 2024.
Please note: To apply you must be registered in our application management system a minimum of two business days prior to the closing date.
If you have a question, or need help with your application, please call or email us.
Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application approximately 12 weeks after the closing date.