Grassroots Exchange & Education

Education Grants

  • Proposal deadline: Rolling
  • Funding opportunity: Institutional funding
  • Funding period: Up to 12 months
  • Funding maximum: $5,000

The Education Grant program supports nonprofit organizations to assist K-12 students, teachers, and the community to deepen their understanding about Japan, promote cross-cultural exchange, and nurture global perspectives. Project examples include but are not limited to: community outreach, teacher workshops, cultural events.


  • Project must commence between April 1, 2021 and March 31, 2022. Preparatory activities can be included in the time frame of the project.
  • The applying institution must be exempt from Federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
  • A minimum of 20% of the total project budget must be secured from non-CGP sources.
  • Previous CGP grantees are eligible to apply again if the proposed project includes a new target audience and/or contains substantial changes. However, CGP will not support the same project beyond three years.
  • Remark; Due to safety concerns surrounding the global pandemic, the Japan Foundation is currently not able to support any projects that include travel between the U.S. and Japan. Japan Foundation may consider supporting these types of projects again when the U.S. is classified by Japanese government as infectious disease risk level 2 or lower. (Although it's only in Japanese language, you can find the world map in the middle of this webpage The area painted in dark purple were classified level 3, including U.S.)

Grant Coverage

  • Educational outreach projects such as lectures about Japanese culture and society or teacher workshops on how to teach Japanese culture and society are the main target for funding.
  • Cultural events such as performances, exhibitions, festivals, movie screenings, readings, and demonstrations of Japanese arts are eligible but must include an educational outreach component (e.g. interactive presentations, lectures, workshops)


This grant program prioritizes projects that:

  • Reach underserved schools and communities with little exposure to Japan, particularly in the Midwest, Mountain, and South regions*
  • Reach a significant number of students, educators, or community members
  • Involve individuals and organizations new to the field of K-12 education on Japan
  • Connect with local resources such as museums, higher education institutions, Japan-America Societies, Japanese businesses, and the resident Japanese community of families, students, and professionals
  • Demonstrate innovation and potential for replication in other regions

Ongoing and annual events are less priority. Projects that are limited to the scope of a single school or single day will also be considered less of a priority.

* Midwest (IL, IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, MI, IN, OH, SD, WI); Mountain (AZ, CO, ID, MT, NM, NV,UT, WY); South (AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, OK, SC, TN, TX, VA, WV)

Application Process

To apply for the Education Grant, please refer to the application checklist and send a complete package of all following materials to the address below.

  1. Grant Application Cover Sheet with original signatures of Authorized Representative and Project Director (two different individuals)
  2. Narrative
    • Free form, 2-4 pages
    • Please describe your project in as much detail as possible. The narrative must include all of the following: project background and rationale, project activities, project timeline, anticipated impact including the number of people served by the project, dissemination plan, anticipated outputs, and future plans for sustainability of the project.
  3. Curriculum Vitae
    Please submit the CVs of the project director and all key participants.
  4. Proof of tax-exempt status
    Please submit a copy of your IRS determination letter indicating that the organization is tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code
  5. Institutional information (annual report, etc.)
  6. Detailed budget
    • Please submit a complete budget showing the entire cost of your project.
    • A MINIMUM of 20% of the total project budget must be secured from non-CGP sources such as the applying institution or other foundations.
    • Each line item must include a detailed breakdown.
    • CGP is able to cover direct costs (reasonable costs directly related to the proposed project). Examples of direct costs include salary & honorarium, travel expenses, publication costs, conference room rental fees, etc.
    • CGP cannot cover indirect costs or support for capital funds and endowment drives, rent, the procurement of equipment, etc.

Application Deadline
CGP welcomes applications on a rolling basis. Applications must be submitted at least 2 months prior to the projects start date.
Applicants will receive notification of the funding decision 1-2 months after submission.

Please submit an initial online application using the link below.

Submit all materials to:
Attn: Grassroots Exchange and Education Program
Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership
1700 Broadway 15th Fl
New York , NY 10019

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