The May 18 Memorial Foundation is a non-profit organization established on August 30, 1994 by the surviving victims of the 1980 Gwangju Democratic Uprising, the victims, families, and the citizens of Gwangju. The Foundation aims to commemorate and continue the spirit of struggle and solidarity of the May 18 Uprising, contribute to the peaceful reunification of Korea, and work towards peace and human rights throughout the world. Since its establishment, the Foundation has carried out numerous projects in varying fields, including organizing memorial events, establishing scholarships, fostering research, disseminating public information, publishing relevant materials, dispensing charity and welfare benefits, building international solidarity, and awarding Gwangju Prize for Human Rights. The Culture and Solidarity Team is in charge of the Foundation's international solidarity work throughout Asia and implements this project.
The 2009 Grant for Democracy and Human Rights Projects in Asia (GDHRPA) supports work that contributes to promoting Democracy and Human Rights and building of international solidarity. This grant shall be awarded to non-government organizations in Asia who continually play a significant role in strengthening people’s participation and empowerment in creating a civil society that respect human rights and protect democracy and peace and encourages international solidarity.
Funding scheme available: (US$ 1 = KRW 1,423.00, as of 24 October 2008)
2 organizations will be supported for one year project
￦3,000,000.000 (Three Million Korean Won)
In the past The May 18 Memorial Foundation have been supporting organizations with a yearly support amounting to ￦300,000 for the last two years. These organizations include:
• Asia NGO Center in Philippines (Asian Bridge)
• Advocacy Forum in Nepal
• YPKP in Indonesia
• PPDD in Thailand
The National League for Democracy in Korea was given support for ￦200,000 yearly. Presently the Foundation is providing support to 6 organizations with different funding schemes that include country’s like Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Singapore, and HK-China.
For 2009 the GDHRPA funding shall focus on the following:
• Publication, Education, Training and Research in the field of Democracy and Human Rights in Asia.
• Peace, Conflict Resolution, Women’s Rights, Children’s Rights, Labor Rights in Asia.
• Database and Net-work building.
• Applications only for the new project are eligible.
• Organizations or institutions who have been working on the above field for more than 3 years (applications from GO are not eligible)
• Eligible projects are those based in Asia.
• Organization grant is not available for individuals.
Applicants need to be able to demonstrate that their organization:
• is duly registered, has a constitution/by-laws, a clear management structure, efficient and effective financial control or systems.
• existing program on Democracy, Peace and Human Rights.
• demonstrate the capacity to effectively monitor project implementation, come up with regular evaluation and accomplishment (outcomes, output, and impact) reports once a year.
2007 Grant for Democracy and Human Rights Projects in Asia will be closed on 28 November 2008. Related documents should be submitted as follows:
• Application Form (refer to the attachment).
• Project Proposal
• Financial or Accounting and Audit System (Internal or External Audit).
• Record of Funds for the last 2 years.
• Organizational profile, brochure and other related documents.
Application for funding must be submitted by post or e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Selected applicants will be informed on 31 December 2008. Insufficient data of application will not be accepted.
Mr. Chanho Kim
Director International Cooperation Team
The May 18 Memorial Foundation
Mobile: +82 10 4462 6650
The May 18 Memorial Foundation,
518 Memorial Culture Hall,
Sangmudong Seo-gu, 1268
Gwangju, Korea Republic