|Grant type||Prepaid grant||Proposal deadline||January 11, 2023|
|Funding opportunity||Institutional funding for U.S.-based institutions/organizations with 501(c)(3) status|
|Benefits||Maximum of $32,000|
This program aims to support the creation of new Japanese-themed programming (activities) for local communities by providing funding for the position that will design and implement the programing.
Proposed programming must be Japan-related; however, the types of events may vary (e.g., in-person workshop, online lecture, etc.) as well as the topics (e.g. culture, business, professional development, Japanese Studies etc. excluding Japanese Language).
Japanese Language or/and Japanese Studies departments at U.S. universities, Japanese gardens and U. S. based nonprofit organizations with 501(c) (3) status that promote grassroots cultural exchange are welcome to apply.
Deadline: 5:00 p.m. (EST), Wednesday, January 11, 2023
- Personnel costs: up to $30,000; for the staff member
- Activity costs/honorarium: up to $2,000; for materials needed for outreach activities, including honorarium for guest speaker(s).
A minimum of twenty percent (20%) of the total project budget must be secured from non-JF sources such as the applying institution, a collaborating institution, and/or other sources.
- Higher education institutions in the United States with Japanese Studies and/or Japanese language departments, Japanese gardens, and organizations that promote grassroots cultural exchange between the U.S. and Japan.
- Organizations must have 501(c)(3) status under the Internal Revenue Code.
- Current JOI host sites and Japan America Societies are not eligible
Projects are required to have the following elements:
- Plan for the staff position that will be dedicated to conducting outreach activities related to Japanese culture, including job description and onboarding plan, if applicable;
- Clear and concrete articulation of project design including methodology, collaborators, target audience, events, goals of the project, and outcomes;
- Viable sustainability plan that is clearly articulated and extends well after JF support;
- Minimum of 20 events total, preferably held weekly, such as lectures, seminars, workshops, or activities to support dialogue and networking;
- Clear publicity plan for outreach, including dissemination methods and plans;;
- Project length can be no longer than twelve (12) months;
- Projects must begin between March15 – 31, 2023. Preparations for the events (e.g. staff recruitment) may be included in the grant period;
- An Interim Report will be required after 6 months.
Priorities will be given to the following:
- Demonstration of regional impact and tangible outcomes;
- Demonstration of fresh and innovative outreach activities;
- 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;
- Projects proposed by or involving collaboration with a Historically Black College or University (HBCU) and/or Community College;
- Projects that collaborate with larger community in the region (K-12, universities, museums, businesses, Japan-related organizations, organization/institution in Japan etc.).
Proposals that are the same or very similar to previously supported projects will be given a lower priority.
How to Apply
Please download and read the guidelines prior to starting the application process. Proposals must be received by 5:00 p.m. (EST), January 11, 2023.
- Complete the online Grant Application form.
- Include the following attachments:
- Narrative Description of the Project
- Detailed Budget (use JF excel template)
- Curricula Vitae for the Project Director and the JF supported staff member
- Organization Information Form (use JF template)
- Proof of 501(c)(3) status
- Institutional Information
Applicants will be notified of the results in March 2023. For questions, please contact GEEprogram@jpf.go.jp