Australia Korea Foundation Grant Program

Australian Government

Relevent Country: South Korea

The Australia-Korea Foundation (AKF) is seeking applications for its grant program to strengthen the Australia-Korea relationship in ways that enhance mutual understanding and people-to-people links.

The Australia-Korea Foundation (AKF) was established by the Australian Government in 1992 to promote bilateral relations between Korea and Australia.

The AKF offers annual grant funding to organisations and individuals to support projects or activities which advance Australia’s engagement with Korea, including exchanges, partnerships and other collaborations in the general fields of business, education, academia, arts/culture and society.


The objectives of the AKF grants program are:

  • 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.

Key Priority Areas

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

Funding Information

  • In 2023-24, approximately $700,000 is available for this grant opportunity.
  • Grant applications for a minimum of $10,000 to a maximum of $50,000 per year will be considered.
  • The standard grant period is one year. The maximum grant period is across three years of multiyear funding.

Eligibility Criteria

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 organisation2
  • 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.
  • 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.

Ineligibility Criteria:

You are not eligible to apply if you are:

  • an organisation, or your project partner is an organisation, included on the National Redress Scheme’s website on the list of ‘Institutions that have not joined or signified their intent to join the Scheme’
  • Not an Australian, a permanent resident of Australia or an Australian organisation and you are not a citizen of, or organisation from the Republic of Korea
  • A previous applicant who has failed to provide a full and proper acquittal of an earlier Program grant.