FAQs

Single Organization Applying for Multiple Projects

Q:
If an organization plans to stage multiple projects within a single fiscal year and applies to the Japan Foundation programs for each one, is it possible that all the applications will be accepted ?
A:
The Japan Foundation carries out screening for each project individually based on its contents. In some cases, multiple project applications are accepted from one organization.

Eligibility for Programs Targeted at Organizations

Q:
If a voluntary organization without judicial personality plans to apply for a program targeted at organizations, is it eligible to apply?
A:
Yes it is. However, it is required to submit materials including articles of association, rules and regulations which indicate the foundation of organization, and documents about past activities and financial status of the organization. It is also required to have a bank account in the name of the applying organization to receive grants from the Japan Foundation (or set up a bank account before the acceptance of grants).
Q:
Is a for-profit organization such as a stock company eligible to apply?
A:
Yes, but it can only apply for the programs listed below.
  1. (a) Grant Program for Dispatching Artists and Cultural Specialists, Performing Arts Japan for Europe, Grant Program for Enhancing People-to-People Exchange, and Grant Program for Promotion of Cultural Collaboration: The project must not be implemented for profit.
  2. (b) Support Program for Translation and Publication on Japan: The translation and/or publication projects for Japan-related books that are difficult to publish commercially.

Applying while Receiving Other Grants or Donations

Q:
When applying for a grant from the Japan Foundation, can I also apply for and receive a grant or donation from another organization(s) for the same project?
A:
Yes, you can. However, certain conditions apply for receiving grants or donations from other organization(s) or corporation(s).
  1. (a)In the case of a grant application related to Korea, it is not permitted to receive grants from both the Japan-Korea Cultural Foundation and the Japan Foundation for the same project
  2. (b)The Japan Foundation cooperates with Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association, on exchange projects with Taiwan. The Japan Foundation will not provide support to a project if it is eligible for programs of Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association, Japan. For further information about Taiwan projects, please read the application instructions for the respective program, and contact the section in charge at the Japan Foundation domestic offices or Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association, Taipei office where necessary.
  3. (c)If you are applying to the Grant Program for Dispatching Artists and Cultural Specialists, please note that the Japan Foundation will not give grants to projects that are supported by funds from Japanese governmental organizations, government-affiliated agencies, or independent administrative institutions of Japan. Projects that receive sponsorships from corporations, or grants and subsidies supporting organizations in the private sector or local public organizations, are eligible to apply for and receive grants from the Japan Foundation.

Receiving Grants on an Ongoing Basis

Q:
Is an organization or individual that has received a grant in the past eligible to apply again?
A:
Yes. However, the following restrictions apply.
  1. (a) Please note that applicants will have to wait a set number of years before being able to apply again for a fellowship for individuals or a Japanese-language training program.
  2. (b) In principle, grants will not be provided to individuals or organizations that have received support as part of the same program for three consecutive fiscal years (FY 2016 - FY 2018) for a fourth consecutive fiscal year, unless the Japan Foundation assesses that there is strong justification for the continuation of the program. This measure has been put in place to prevent the immobilization of beneficiaries, as well as to create opportunities for more individuals and organizations to obtain support. While it is possible to apply for support for the same program for the fourth consecutive year, please note that low priority is typically given to such programs.

One Project, One Program Principle

Q:
Is it possible to apply for multiple programs for a single project in the same year? By doing so, is it possible for one project to receive support from more than one Japan Foundation program?
A:
No (Designated Donation Program is an exception). If applicants are unsure which program to apply for, please consult with the Communication Center before drawing up the application forms. The Communication Center will provide guidance on the most suitable program to apply for.

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