Applying for the MKCF

The Fund provides a grant for projects that are of regional in nature*. Such project is aligned with the priorities of the country to address national issues that facilitate the regional integration process. It can be implemented in a single country. However, benefits should be shared among the countries in the Mekong region and the ROK.

*Benefits more than one country in the Mekong region (Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Viet Nam and Thailand)


Eligible Requirements of Proponent: Non-governmental organizations, academic institutions, and training institutes from Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Viet Nam, Thailand (CLMVT) and the ROK can submit requests for funding.

Budget / Duration: The contribution of the Fund per project proposal is a minimum of 200,000 USD and a maximum of 500,000 USD per year. The time frame of a project should be more than 6 months and less than 3 years.

The Fund provides grants to support catalytic and innovative activities in the six priority sectors:

  1. Infrastructure
  2. Information Communication Technology (ICT)
  3. Green Growth
  4. Water Resource Development
  5. Agriculture and Rural Development
  6. Human Resource Development.
SectorExamples of the projects
(1) Infrastructure
  • Capacity building on regional project management related to infrastructure (road, power communication, etc.)
(2) Information Communication Technology (ICT)
  • Use of ICT for regional disaster risk management/climate change adaptation (e.g. early warning system)
  • Estimation of crop production with ICT
  • Regional agriculture market information system
  • Database development
  • E-commerce
  • Developing alliances with the Mekong countries on ICT infrastructure / regional connectivity
  • Regional research & training on ICT
(3) Green Growth
  • Projects related to Environmental and resource productivity, The natural asset base, the Environmental dimension of quality of life, Economic opportunities and policy responses, etc.
(4) Water Resource Development
  • Regional water resources management
  • Infrastructure development related research (e.g. the regional effects of hydropower development)
  • Water governance
(5) Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Developing a regional agricultural value chain
(6) Human Resource Development
  • Promoting regional trade and investment
  • Promoting regional cooperation in education and skill development
  • Facilitating safe labor migration within the GMS
  • Strengthening regional institutional linkage and mechanisms for regional cooperation
  • Building Cooperative Alliance for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) / Career and Technical Education (CTE)
  • Capacity building for SMEs and entrepreneurs to create job opportunity