IRGP – Australia-Korea Foundation (AKF)Overview
This program seeks to strengthen the Australia-Korea relationship in ways that enhance mutual understanding and people-to-people links. It is part of the International Relations Grants Program (IRGP) that promote people-to-people links and a contemporary and positive image of Australia and support for the Australian government’s international policy goals.
The objectives of the program 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 will be considered. Co-contributions from the applicants and other parties strengthen their application. It is anticipated that most grants will be between $25,000 and $30,000 per year, depending on the scope of the grant activity and its complexity.
A total funding pool of $700,000 is available in 2020-21, subject to appropriation, starting in July 2020.
The Australia-Korea Foundation has postponed its 2020-21 grant round in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Applicants are encouraged to resubmit their applications when the round reopens.
Eligible applicants must be:
- One of the following entity types:
a) Australian entity with an Australian Business Number (ABN) or Australian Company Number (ACN)
b) Consortium with a lead organisation
c) Registered charity or not-for-profit organisation
d) Australian local government body
e) Australian State/Territory government body
f) Corporate Commonwealth entity
g) Australian statutory authority
h) Australian or permanent resident of Australia
i) Citizen or organisation from the Republic of Korea
j) A well-established organisation in the Republic of Korea with a business purpose to advocate for Australian business, education and/or cultural interests
- Willing to provide or develop child protection guidelines for the project if it involves people under the age of 18 years.
Applications from consortia are acceptable, provided they 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. their university is the applicant).
Eligible activities include those that address the priority areas:
- Strategic international relations
- Trade and commerce relationships
- Cross cultural collaborations
- Technological, scientific and education innovation
Please refer to the Guidelines for the list of eligible/ineligible costs.
The main assessment criteria include:
- How will the grant activity contribute to the objectives of the Australia-Korea Foundation.
- What is the grant activities’ potential for raising awareness of Australia in Korea/Korea in Australia and does it promote a contemporary and positive image of Australia?
- What is the need for the particular grant activity in the particular location/demographic or how does the proposed grant activity address a specific need?
- What is the capability and capacity of the applicant to undertake the grant activity?
- What is the capability and commitment of their Korean partner?
- How will they spend Commonwealth of Australia funds in a way that represents value for money?
Please refer to the Guidelines for the complete list of the assessment criteria.
The following are ineligible for funding:
- Not an Australian, a permanent resident of Australia or an Australian organisation and not a registered Korean organisation.
- A previous applicant who has failed to provide a full and proper acquittal of an earlier IRGP grant.
- Capital expenditure, including purchase of real estate and vehicles.
- Purchase of equipment (for example, musical instruments, computers, videos, photographic or printing equipment).
- The covering of retrospective costs or recurrent funding of activities.
Please refer to the Guidelines for the complete list of restrictions.
- Research & Development
- Business Support