Arts and Cultural Exchange

The Japan Foundation supports exchange projects between Japan and other countries with the aim of fostering the general public’s interest in Japan and to promote the understanding of Japan abroad. The programs are designed to support projects that introduce various aspects of Japanese arts and culture and that contribute to international society through the arts.

※We are no longer taking applications for FY 2017, except for the following program. Information about application for FY 2018 will be available around autumn 2017.

Program currently accepting applications for FY 2017

1. Grant Program for Dispatching Artists and Cultural Specialists

This program is designed to support artists and Japanese cultural specialists who participate in cultural events (e.g., performances, demonstrations lectures, and workshops) overseas with the aim of introducing Japanese arts and culture or of contributing to international society through arts and cultural projects.

Last updated October 7, 2016

Eligibility Area Japan
Applicant Organization / Individual
Application Deadline 1st Round: December 1, 2016
2nd Round: June 1, 2017
Application Form Q-DACS
Application Instruction /
Application Form

2. Performing Arts Japan (PAJ)

(1) Performing Arts Japan for North America

This program is designed to provide financial assistance for performances or co-productions in North America that aim to introduce Japanese performing arts to local audiences.

Last updated October 7, 2016

Eligibility Area Canada / U.S.
Applicant Organization
Application Deadline October 31, 2016
Application Form QU-PAJNA
Application Instruction / Application Form For detailed information, please contact The Japan Foundation, New York / Toronto. Please also see the webpage.
Reference

A list of grant awardees and a wide range of information about performing arts in Japan is available on the “Performing Arts Network Japan” website.

(2) Performing Arts Japan for Europe

This program is designed to provide financial assistance for performances or co-productions in European countries that aim to introduce Japanese performing arts to local audiences.

Last updated October 7, 2016

Eligibility Area Europe*
Applicant Organization
Application Deadline October 31, 2016
Application Form QH-PAJE
Application Instruction / Application Form For detailed information, please contact The Japan Foundation overseas offices in Europe (see the appendix (PDF:34KB)). Please also see the webpage.
Reference

A list of grant awardees and a wide range of information about performing arts in Japan is available on the “Performing Arts Network Japan” website.

3. Exhibitions Abroad Support Program

This program is designed to support museums and art institutions overseas that organize exhibitions introducing Japanese art and culture to audiences overseas. In addition, this program is designed to support overseas international exhibitions such as biennials/triennials introducing Japanese artists and their works.

Last updated October 7, 2016

Eligibility Area Overseas
Applicant Organization
Application Deadline December 1, 2016
Application Form Q-EAS
Application Instruction /
Application Form
Reference

4. U.S. and European Museum Infrastructure Support Program

This Program is designed to provide support for U.S. and European museums to promote effective use of their Japanese art collections and thereby assist the establishment of an infrastructure to exhibit Japanese art.
The call for proposals for the upcoming fiscal year 2017 has not been determined yet. If the Foundation starts call for proposals for fiscal year 2017, it will be announced on the website.

5. Support Program for Translation and Publication on Japan

This program is designed to provide financial assistance for foreign publishers to translate and/or publish Japan-related books. The grant shall cover part of the translation cost and/or publishing cost (paper cost, plate-making cost, printing cost, binding cost, etc.).

Last updated October 7, 2016

Eligibility Area Overseas (/ Japan*)
*Japanese publishers can apply only if there is an agreement with foreign book distribution companies.
Applicant Organization
Application Deadline November 21, 2016
Application Form Q-TPS
Application Instruction / Application Form
Reference
  • *Please read the details of each program and the appropriate application forms thoroughly.
  • *Please refer to FAQs for more information.

[Contact Us]

  1. (1)Applicants from outside Japan:
    Applicants should contact the nearest Japan Foundation overseas offices. When there is no regional office in the applicant's country of residence, please contact the nearest Embassy or Consulate-General of Japan.
  2. (2)Applicants from within Japan:
    Applicants from within Japan should contact the section in charge at the Japan Foundation domestic offices.

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