Australian National Commission for UNESCO Grants Program 2014-18

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Key objectives of the measure:

The purpose of the grants program is to fund projects that will contribute to UNESCO’s broad strategic objectives. Grants funding cultural activities support the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions and align to the UNESCO goals of:

  •  supporting inclusive social development
  • fostering intercultural dialogue for the rapprochement of cultures and promoting ethical principles
  • protecting, promoting and transmitting heritage
  • fostering creativity and the diversity of cultural expressions
  • promoting freedom of expression, media development and access to information and knowledge.
Scope of the measure:
Nature of the measure:
Main feature of the measure:

The grant scheme invites applications from the Australian community for grants of up to A$20,000 for activities to support UNESCO priorities and objectives set out in UNESCO's approved Programme and Budget for 2014-17 (37 C/5) and Medium-Term Strategy for 2014-21 (37 C/4).

In the last four years, more than twenty grants were awarded from over 100 grant applications. The applications were assessed by a selection committee, which included members and ex-officio members of Australia’s National Commission for UNESCO.

Results expected through the implementation of the measure:

Expected results of the Australian National Commission for UNESCO Grants Program include inclusive social development; intercultural dialogue; the protection, promotion and transmission of heritage; the promotion of creativity and the diversity of cultural expressions.

Examples of projects that have received grants include:

  • The Spoken Word Poetry as a Practice, a Process, and a Product project that fosters intercultural dialogue and social transformation, drawing on sociocultural theory and international research that demonstrates poetry has multiple emotional and social benefits.
  • The Benchmarking Diversity project that measures cultural diversity in Australia’s mainstream arts sector.
  • The Words and Pictures project that involves global participation of children in developing their own children’s books on themes of the sea and environment. Children in the Solomon Islands will illustrate the book and children in Australia will write the story.
  • The Building Capacity For Fijian Disaster Reliance project that develops Fijian women community leaders’ capacity in disaster risk assessment, preparedness, response and recovery.
  • The Ngala Wongga Cultural Significance of Languages in the Goldfields project that examines the interconnectedness of people with the land and seeks to preserve endangered languages.
  • The Changing Lives One Degree at a Time Digital Narrative Video project that explores refugee students’ higher education experiences, challenges and opportunities.
  • The Digital Preservation and Documentation of Australia’s Migrant Cultural Heritage Research project that will develop a prototype for a national linked data repository for preserving and documenting Australian migrant heritage.
  • The Mother Tongues First Languages Poetry project led by Aboriginal poets and artists to foster intercultural dialogue and preserve knowledge of languages and culture.
Financial resources allocated to implement the measure:

A$78,000 each financial year 2014-15 to 2017-18

Goal(s) of UNESCO's 2005 Convention
Cultural Domain(s)