Grassroots Exchange & Education

CGP Salary Assistance Grant for U.S.-Japan Community Grassroots Exchange Program

  • Proposal deadline: 6:00 p.m. (EST), February 4, 2021
  • Funding opportunity: Institutional funding
  • Funding period: Projects must begin by the end of March, 2021 (Preparations for the events (e.g. staff recruitment) may be included in the grant period.)
  • Funding maximum: $32,000

In response to COVID-19, many institutions and organizations have made the decision to shift programming online, which can result in a world-wide audience even as next-door neighbors feel distant. CGP recognizes the importance of maintaining community connections, where the effects of the pandemic are especially felt, and would like to support innovative, virtual Japan-related outreach that is focused on local communities and will be sustainable in the new post-COVID-19 lifestyle.

The objective of this program is to support outreach activities related to Japanese culture in Japanese Studies and Japanese language departments at U.S. universities, Japan-America Societies, Japanese gardens and organizations that promote grassroots cultural exchange, through the hiring of dedicated staff to promote a deeper understanding of Japan in the U.S. and nurture the next generation to lead U.S.-Japan relations. The newly hired staff will carry out outreach activities in the form of online seminars and workshops about Japanese culture for the applicant’s local community.


U.S. nonprofit organizations, with 501(c)(3) status under the Internal Revenue Code. In particular, higher education institutions in the United States with Japanese Studies and/or Japanese language departments, Japan-America Societies, Japanese gardens, and organizations that promote grassroots cultural exchange between the U.S. and Japan.


  • Plan for new staff hire dedicated to conducting outreach activities related to Japanese culture;
  • 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;
  • Minimum of 20 events total, preferably held weekly, such as lectures, seminars, workshops, or cultural activities to support dialogue and networking;
  • Clear publicity plan for outreach which includes the method of dissemination (for example SNS);
  • Project length can be no longer than twelve (12) months;
  • Projects must begin by the end of March, 2021. Preparations for the events (e.g. staff recruitment) may be included in the grant period;
  • Project progress reports will be required every three (3) months during the grant period.


  • Demonstration of regional tangible outcomes and impact;
  • Innovative, creative, and new approaches that 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;
  • Projects proposed by or involving collaboration with a Historically Black College or University (HBCU) and/or Community College;
  • Current grantees will be given low priority.

Application Process

Please download and read the full guidelines prior to starting the application process.

Full proposals must be received by 6:00 p.m. (EST), February 4, 2021.

Proposals will be reviewed and applicants will be notified approximately 1 month after the deadline.

Proposals must include the following sections, arranged in this order:

A. CGP Grant Application Cover Sheet – with e-signatures
B. Narrative description of the project
C. Detailed project budget using the CGP Budget Template
D. Curricula vitae for all collaborators and key participants
E. Institutional information
F. Proof of 501(c)(3) status