Today I announce the recipients of 46 new grants funded by the Australia-Korea Foundation (AKF). The AKF grants program strengthens links between Australia and the Republic of Korea by supporting activities that help promote mutual understanding and foster stronger relations.

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.

Successful AKF grant proposals include:

  • A cultural exchange for the Australian Women’s Baseball team in Seoul prior to the 2016 World Baseball Cup;
  • Expanding and promoting Australian studies in Korea and Korean studies in Australia; 
  • A program for Australian and Korean fashion designers to share expertise and to collaborate on design, production and distribution; and
  • Improving wind farm planning processes to enhance effectiveness of renewable energy transitions to better adapt to climate change in the Republic of Korea.

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

More information about the AKF, the grants program and the full list of successful grant recipients is available here.

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