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Application for Performing Arts Japan (PAJ) touring and collaboratrion grants for the 2019 - 2020 fiscal year is now closed.



This program is designed to provide financial assistance for non-profit organizations in the U.S. and Canada that aim to introduce Japanese performing arts to local audiences. PAJ Touring Grants help present Japanese performing arts at multiple locations in the United States and Canada, with an emphasis on locations outside major metropolitan areas. PAJ Collaboration Grants help Japanese and American/Canadian artists develop a new work, which will further an appreciation of Japanese culture when presented to American/Canadian audiences. The grants are made to nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and Canada only. Click on one of the links below for information on eligibility, grant coverage, review criteria and the application form.


Past Grantee Highlight: 2017-2018 PAJ Awardees


Application Materials (links below)

2019-2020 PAJ Applications Materials (ZIP)

2019-2020 PAJ Program Guidelines
2019-2020 PAJ Application Form
2019-2020 PAJ Application Form Budget Sheet
2019-2020 PAJ Application Form Budget Sheet(SAMPLE)
2019-2020 PAJ Work Sample Sheet
2019-2020 PAJ Check List for Application Packet


Application Schedule

Deadline for applications is October 31, 2018. The applications must be received by mail or hand delivery (facsimile transmission or email will not be accepted) by 5:00 p.m. EST, October 31, 2018 at:


The Japan Foundation, New York (for the U.S. applicants)
Attention: PAJ Program
1700 Broadway, 15th Floor
New York, NY 10019

The Japan Foundation, Toronto (for Canadian applicants)
Attention: PAJ Program
2 Bloor Street East, Suite 300
Toronto, ON M4W 1A8


The Japan Foundation PAJ Advisory Committee will review applications in December 2018. Based on the recommendations of the Committee, the final selection of awardees is made by the Foundation's Headquarter in Tokyo. Written notification of awards will be mailed in April 2019.




To date, PAJ has funded 294 projects (including 145 touring, 139 collaborative, and 10 special projects) of Japanese performing arts in both traditional and contemporary art forms. In the "2018-2019" fiscal year, 11 projects (7 touring and 4 collaborative) are to be funded under the program, for a total amount of USD 200,000 (please see the List of Awardees). PAJ is advised by an annually appointed panel composed of performing arts specialists from throughout North America.



2018-2019 PAJ Awardees

2017-2018 PAJ Awardees

2016-2017 PAJ Awardees

2015-2016 PAJ Awardees

2014-2015 PAJ Awardees

2013-2014 PAJ Awardees

2012-2013 PAJ Awardees

2011-2012 PAJ Awardees

2010-2011 PAJ Awardees

2009-2010 PAJ Awardees

2008-2009 PAJ Awardees

2007-2008 PAJ Awardees

2006-2007 PAJ Awardees

2005-2006 PAJ Awardees

2004-2005 PAJ Awardees

2003-2004 PAJ Awardees

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