Established in 1972, the Japan Foundation promotes international cultural exchange and mutual understanding between Japan and other countries.
To advance this mission, the Japan Foundation New York office is accepting proposals from nonprofit organizations for its Arts & Culture grant program.
Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to projects that further understanding of Japanese arts and culture in the United States through the performing arts, exhibitions, film screenings, lectures, symposia, and other cultural events. Priority will be given to those projects that have secured additional funding from sources other than the Japan Foundation.
Funding will support fees related to publicity; printing costs of program, leaflets, catalog; honoraria for artists and lecturers; domestic/international travel expenses for artists and lecturers, including per diem and accommodation expenses; and/or shipping cost of films, exhibits, and/or other materials related to the proposed event. (Grant recipients will need to cover costs for any receptions, if applicable.) The grant will be paid in the form of a reimbursement for expenses, and the award money will be remitted upon receipt of the final report and the appropriate proof(s) of payments.
Proposals are accepted on a rolling basis but must be received at least three months prior to the project's start date.
To be eligible, applicants must be considered tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. In addition, projects must take place within the thirty-seven states east of the Rocky Mountains: Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin, and West Virginia.
See the JFNY website for complete program guidelines and proposal submission procedures.