Up to $40,000 is available from the Australia Korea Foundation to support joint projects with counterparts, institutions and organisations in Korea.


Australia Korea Foundation (AKF)

The Australia-Korea Foundation (AKF) seeks to strengthen the Australia-Korea relationship in ways that enhance mutual understanding and people-to-people links.

Key priority areas of the 2019 grant program are:

  • Building cultural understanding
  • Reciprocal Australian and Korean studies
  • Technological and scientific innovation
  • Trade diplomacy and geopolitics



Australia’s relationship with the Republic of Korea is founded on common values and interests and a strong economic, political and strategic partnership. Korea is also Australia’s fourth largest trading partner. The AKF strengthens this relationship through its annual grant round in areas including arts and culture, education, science and technology.

The Australian Korea Foundation (AKF) was established in 1992 and has made a significant contribution to strengthening Australia’s relationship with the Republic of Korea.



The Australian Korea Foundation (AKF) aims to:

  • increase public awareness of Australia in Korea, and of Korea in Australia, and the importance of the joint relationship,
  • develop partnerships in areas of shared interest between the two countries
  • increase Australians’ capacity to engage with Korea in an effective way.



Between $630,000 and $730,000 in 2019-20 is available for this grant opportunity, subject to appropriation, starting in July 2019.

Grant applications for a minimum of $5,000 or maximum of $40,000 per year will be considered. Co-contributions from you and other parties strengthen your application.

It is anticipated that most grants will be between $15,000 and $30,000 per year, depending on the scope of the grant activity and its complexity.


Eligible Projects

You must use the Australia Korea Foundation (AKF) grant for the following activities:

  • The project outlined within the application.

You can use the grant to pay for costs detailed in your budget and grant agreement, including:

  • Economy flights, modest accommodation costs, meals and travel allowances, other transport
  • Communication and translation
  • Venue hire and catering,
  • Advertising and promotion, graphic design, photography and printed material,
  • Production costs, including freight and artists’ wages
  • Only one participant per conference or meeting and only where the participant is a principal speaker and the subject of the conference is of direct relevance to the grant opportunity.

You can only spend grant funds on eligible grant activities as defined in the grant details in your grant agreement.


Eligible Applicants

To be eligible for the Australia Korea Foundation (AKF), you must:

  • be one of the following entity types:
    • an Australian entity with an Australian Business Number (ABN) or Australian Company Number (ACN)
    • a consortium with a lead organisation
    • a registered charity or not-for-profit organisation
    • an Australian local government body
    • an Australian State/Territory government body
    • a corporate Commonwealth entity
    • an Australian statutory authority
    • be an Australian or permanent resident of Australia
    • or be a registered Korean organisation
  • and be willing to provide or develop child protection guidelines for your project if it involves people under the age of 18 years.

Applications from consortia are acceptable, provided you have a lead applicant who is the main driver of the project and is eligible as per the list above. Individuals who intend the grant to be administered by a university should apply on behalf of the university, i.e. your university is the applicant.



Applications close 28 March 2019.


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