Applying for the MKCF


Eligible parties are invited to submit a Project Concept Paper for development projects for support of the Mekong-Republic of Korea Cooperation Fund.

The Project Concept Paper should be submitted to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the respective Mekong countries (see Guidelines for Submission) by April 26, 2019. No concept paper will be accepted after the due date. 

Download the 3rd Call for Proposals

Download the Guidelines for Submission of Project Concept Paper

Download Format of Project Concept Paper

Download MKCF Operation Method

Download MKCF Management Manual.


The Mekong-Republic of Korea 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). Furthermore, the fund encourages projects promoting 3-way (triangular) or 4-way (quadripartite) collaboration with other donors. 

Eligible Requirements of Proponent:

  • Government agencies/autonomous organizations from Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Viet Nam, and Thailand (CLMVT) and the Republic of Korea (ROK) 
  • Non-governmental organizations, academic institutions, and training institutes from CLMVT and the ROK
  • Experience in implementing development projects for at least 5 years 

UN agencies and other international non-govermental organizations and international banks are not eligible as direct recipients of the fund. However they may associate with Mekong countries-based organizations to provide technical support/guidance to conduct collaborative work with the Mekong-based organization as the lead proponent. 

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