Grants for Arts & Cultural Exchange

1. JFNY Grant for Arts & Culture

This program provides support to non-profit organizations in the U.S. that organize projects that will further the understanding of Japanese arts and culture within the 37 states east of the Rocky Mountains, plus DC.

Successful projects generally take the form of performances, exhibitions, film screenings, and workshops.
Priority will be given to those projects that have secured additional funding from sources other than the Japan Foundation.

Proposal deadline Rolling (must be submitted at least 3 months prior to the project start date )
Funding opportunityInstitutional funding for U.S.-based institutions/organizations with 501(C)(3) status
Funding Maximum$5,000


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2. Performing Arts Japan (PAJ) Program

This is designed to provide financial assistance to non-profit organizations in the U.S. and Canada that aim to introduce Japanese performing arts to local audiences.

Proposal deadline Fall (annually)
Funding opportunityInstitutional funding
CoverageIncludes travel costs, performance fee for performers and other costs. Grants are made on a cost-sharing basis. PAJ will not fund more than 50% of the project costs, nor will it fund the overhead or administrative costs of the applicant organization.


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3. Exhibitions Abroad Support Program

This annual program is designed to provide financial assistance to non-profit organizations in the U.S. that organize exhibitions introducing Japanese arts and culture. International exhibitions such as biennials and triennials introducing Japanese artists and their works are also eligible.

Proposal deadline Early December (annually)
Funding opportunityExhibitions originating in the following 37 states east of the Rocky Mountains, plus DC
CoveragePart of the following expenses: packing and shipping costs, catalog production costs and traveling costs


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4. Ishibashi Foundation / The Japan Foundation Fellowship for Research on Japanese Art

This program aims to support the development of professionals specializing in the study of Japanese art by providing an opportunity for curators and researchers from abroad to conduct research in Japan, and by so doing, promote the study of the field and the introduction of Japanese art overseas.

Proposal deadline Early December (annually)
Funding opportunityIndividual funding for projects of 21-59 days in length
CoverageIncludes airfare, insurance, and stipends


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5. Support Program for Translation and Publication on Japan

This program provides support for foreign publishers to translate or publish Japanese works to promote Japanese Studies and a better understanding of Japan.
This program encourages the publication of books that are difficult to publish commercially.

Proposal deadline Mid-November (annually)
Funding opportunityTranslation and/or publication of Japan-related books in the fields of humanities, social sciences, or arts
CoverageCovers up to a maximum of 60% of the actual amount of translation fee and production costs incurred and paid between April 1, 2019, and February 29, 2020. However, if the book in question is listed in “Worth Sharing – A Selection of Japanese Books Recommended for Translation”, the grant will cover up to a maximum of 80%.


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