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Australia-Korea Foundation grants eligibility

We cannot consider your application if it does not satisfy all the eligibility criteria.

Who is eligible to apply for a grant?

To be eligible 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.
    • an Australian or permanent resident of Australia.
    • a citizen or organisation from the Republic of Korea.
    • 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 for your project if it involves people under the age of 18 years that align with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade ( Child Protection Policy.

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.

Who is not eligible to apply for a grant?

You are not eligible to apply if you are:

  • 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 IRGP grant.
    • You may provide an interim report with the agreement of the relevant Secretariat where existing grant funding will be expended prior to the commencement of the new grant requested.
    • Organisations and individuals with an overdue acquittal report for an existing AKF-funded project can still apply, but your chance of receiving further AKF funding will be reduced until your project is properly acquitted.

What can the grant money be used for?

You must use the 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, reasonable 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.

What can't the grant money be used for?

You cannot normally use the grant for the following:

  • 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.
  • activities which are already commercially viable in their own right.
  • activities which will provide commercial advantage to the applicant (e.g. promotion of the applicant's own business).
  • costs incurred in the preparation of a grant application or related documentation.
  • subsidy of general ongoing administration of an organisation such as electricity, phone, rent, salaries (including for research assistants or administrative staff), honorariums or administrative charges levied by the applicant's organisation.
  • activities for which other Commonwealth, State, Territory or Local Government bodies have primary responsibility (e.g. academic research, assistance to business, development assistance projects).
  • activities undertaken by primary or high schools, including study tours, where travel by a significant number of students is the principal element of the proposal.
  • scholarships to individual students.
  • completed projects.

We do not generally fund travel and accommodation for attendance at conferences or meetings, participation in fieldwork or sporting or other events, unless such activities are considered by the Board to be of direct relevance to its objectives. To be considered, a substantial program should exist in the sidelines or around the conference and there should also be a strong argument for the selection of applicant(s).

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