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CGP Grant Program Grassroots Program


Proposal deadline Closed.
Funding opportunityInstitutional funding for U.S. organizations with 501(c)(3) status.
BenefitsUp to $50,000 for up to 2 years

The CGP Grassroots Program seeks to build from existing US-Japan foundations through supporting innovative projects that will nurture the next generation of leaders by supporting nonprofit organizations. Supported projects aim to promote networking, capacity building and innovative program development for US-Japan exchange.

This program was conducted from 2010 to 2020.

Target Areas

CGP will support US-Japan networking and outreach proposals that fall into the following categories:

  • Establishing national and/or regional networks in the field of US-Japan exchange and outreach;
  • Promote the capacity building and the program development of national and/or regional centers or their member organizations which aims to enhance US-Japan exchange and outreach activities;
  • Promote the understanding of contemporary issues/topics of Japan including, but not limited to, social entrepreneurship, disaster recovery and prevention, popular culture, aging society, and sports. Such issues/topics can be explored through trainings, exchange, conferences, teacher workshops, and educational outreach on Japan, including but not limited to, development of curricula or teaching materials, etc.

Grantee Highlights


Projects are required to have the following elements:

  • Clear and concrete articulation of project design including methodology, participants, events and structures, goals of the project, and outcomes;
  • Viable sustainability plan that is clearly articulated and has a mid/long-term vision that extends well after CGP support;
  • Substantial evidence of ideas and/or participants that comprise a broad range of viewpoints;
  • Minimum of 1 annual event such as a symposium, conference, or workshop to support dialogue and networking, as well as for dissemination purposes;
  • Tangible outputs that will lead to long-term outcomes and sustained impact;
  • Clear dissemination plan for these outputs which includes the method of dissemination, target audience, and materials to be produced and distributed;
  • Projects must secure a collaborating Japanese partner if the project requires an exchange component;
  • A minimum of 20% of the total project budget each year must be secured from non-CGP sources such as the applying institution, the collaborating institution, or other foundation;


  • Demonstration of national and/or regional tangible outcomes and impact;
  • Innovative, creative, and new approaches such as the utilization of digital media and technology that possess (ensures) secured and high-quality contents;
  • Attention towards underserved areas of the Midwest, South, and Mountain states as well as non-traditional audiences that have not been previously exposed to Japanese culture and topics.
  • Possess highly collaborative partnerships between U.S. and Japan (i.e., projects containing strong collaboration between U.S. and Japan-based organizations or with U.S.-Japan related organizations).

Application Process

Please download and read the full guidelines prior to starting the application process.
For the proposals, one (1) original copy of the signed proposal and four (4) copies must be received by the CGP New York Office by December 2, 2019 6:00PM (EST). Applicants are not required to submit concept papers. Each copy of the proposal must include the following components (please see full guidelines for details):

  1. CGP Application Checklist
  2. CGP Grant Application Cover Sheet – with original signatures
  3. Letters from all key collaborating or participating organizations/individuals
  4. Detailed project budget using the CGP Budget Template
  5. Narrative description of the project
  6. Detailed project timetable – includes types of event(s) and date(s)
  7. Curricula vitae for all collaborators and key participants
  8. Institutional information
  9. Proof of 501(c)(3) status

List of Past Awardees