Australia Korea Foundation

What is the Australia Korea Foundation?

The Australia Korea Foundation is a program that provides businesses and individuals with funding to undertake projects which strengthen Australia–Korea relations, enhance Australia’s international reputation and promote cultural understanding.



The Australia-Korea Foundation is committed to supporting people-to-people and institutional engagement between Australia and Korea and encourages eligible individuals and organisations to apply.

The program key priority areas include:

  • Strategic international relations
  • Trade and commerce relationships
  • Cross cultural collaborations
  • Technological, scientific and education innovation.

Applications for activities that would strengthen cooperation between Australia and Korea to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic would be welcomed.



The objectives of the Australian-Korea Foundation (AKF) are to:

  • increase public awareness of Australia in Korea, and of Korea in Australia, and the importance of the bilateral relationship
  • develop partnerships in areas of shared interest in the bilateral, regional and global context
  • increase Australians’ capacity to effectively engage with Korea.



Grant applications for a minimum of $5,000 or maximum of $40,000 per year up to three years will be considered. 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.

Co-contributions from your Korean partner and other parties strengthen your application.


Eligible Projects

To be eligible your grant must be used:

  • For the project outlined within the application. Some examples of eligible grant activity that have been successful in each priority area are provided below:
    • Technology, Scientific and Educational Innovation
      • A large randomised controlled clinical trial in Korea will test whether this treatment is truly effective.
    • Cross Cultural Collaboration
      • This project will commission an Australian and Korean composer to each write a duet for classical guitars.
    • Trade and Commerce
      • A comprehensive project to support Australian food and beverage exporters through the delivery of a report on Korean consumer behaviour and market trends; and virtual industry roundtables to build people-to-people connections and raise the industry profile.
    • Strategic international relations
      • A track 1.5 dialogue will be convened among scholars, security analysts, and government officials from Australia and Korea to discuss key bilateral and regional foreign policy, defence and security issues, to complement official meetings.

Your grant must be used to implement 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, social media, video 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.


Eligible Applicants

To be eligible you must:

  • be one of the following entity types:
    • an Australian entity with an Australian Business Number (ABN), Australian Company Number (ACN), or Indigenous Corporation Number (ICN)
    • an Australian consortium with a lead organisation[1]
    • an Australian 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
    • be a citizen or organisation from the Republic of Korea
    • be a well-established organisation in the Republic of Korea with a business purpose to advocate for Australian business, education and/or cultural interests
    • be already based in Australia or the Republic of Korea or able to travel to the Republic of Korea from a third country.
  • and be willing to provide or develop child protection guidelines that meets the Child Protection Policy | Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade 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.

The Australian Government recognises that some organisations may seek to form consortia in order to apply for a grant under the Program. Consortia are eligible to apply and the relevant conditions applicable to consortia are at 8.6 ‘Grant Applications from Consortia’



Applications close 11 May 2022.


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