Grassroots Exchange & Education


  • Proposal deadline: 6:00 p.m. (EST), January 24, 2022
  • Funding opportunity: Institutional funding
  • Funding period: Projects must begin between March 1-31, 2022 (Preparations for the events (e.g. staff recruitment) may be included in the grant period.)
  • Funding maximum: $32,000

In the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, CGP recognizes the importance of maintaining community connections, where the effects of the pandemic are especially felt. This program primarily aims to support the creation of a new staff position that will focus on designing and implementing innovative, virtual and/or in-person Japan-related outreach that is focused on the organization’s local community and will be sustainable in the new post-COVID-19 lifestyle. This program can also support current staff; however, these projects will be given lower priority. Projects with support for current staff must have an emphasis on expanding the staff member’s role and responsibilities for cultural programming.

Outreach activities must be related to Japanese culture, and Japanese Studies and Japanese language departments at U.S. universities, Japan-America Societies, Japanese gardens and organizations that promote grassroots cultural exchange are welcome to apply. Through the support of dedicated staff, CGP hopes to promote a deeper understanding of Japan in the U.S. and nurture the next generation to lead U.S.-Japan relations.


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.

Organizations must have 501(c)(3) status under the Internal Revenue Code.

Current JOI host sites and recipients of CGP 2021 Relief Grant for Japan America Societies and Japanese Gardens are not eligible.


  • Plan for the staff position that will be dedicated to conducting outreach activities related to Japanese culture;
  • Clear and concrete articulation of project design including methodology, participants, events, goals of the project, and outcomes;
  • Viable sustainability plan that is clearly articulated and 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 between March1-31, 2022. Preparations for the events (e.g. staff recruitment) may be included in the grant period;
  • An Interim Report will be required after 6 months.


  • Demonstration of regional impact and tangible outcomes;
  • Innovative, creative, and new approaches that ensure 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;
  • Projects that support salary of current staff will be given lower priority.

Application Process

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

proposals must be received by 6:00 p.m. (EST), January 24, 2022.

Proposals will be reviewed and applicants will be notified of the results approximately 6 weeks 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. Organization Information Form
F. Proof of 501(c)(3) status