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United States-Japan Foundation (USJF)
Grants to USA and Japan nonprofit organizations for projects that foster mutual understanding and communication between citizens of the two countries. Applicants must submit an LOI prior to submitting a full application. Applications are invited for public opinion and communication projects that raise awareness about the US in Japan and vice-versa, as well as projects that address concrete issues that affect the bilateral relationship (or are faced by the two nations).
In addition, since mutual understanding between American and Japanese society requires deeper cultural knowledge, the Foundation occasionally supports documentary films, performances, exhibitions, and lectures that focus on Japanese/American culture.
As with all other Foundation Programs, priority is given to projects that can demonstrate originality, broad appeal, enduring impact, excellent management and a well-constructed plan for execution and success.
Communication and Public Opinion grants focus on the following areas:
- Print Media - Exchange programs, Fellowships, Research, Symposia, etc. involving journalists, editors, or other print media professionals leading to professional development and/or an article series or publication.
- Broadcast Media - Exchange programs, Fellowships, Research, Symposiums, etc. involving broadcast journalists, editors, or other broadcast media professionals (radio or TV) resulting in professional development and/or a story series or other special coverage.
- Internet - Communication platforms, moderated discussion groups, links between non-profit organizations (NPOs) or other projects that take advantage of new Internet technologies to enhance communication in support of the Foundation’s mission.
- NGO / NPO Links - Projects of cooperation, communication, education and/or collaboration between US and Japanese Civil Society organizations (in support of the Foundation’s mission).
- Documentary Film / Video (and other multi-media) - The Foundation supports documentary films about Japan and the US-Japan relationship.
- Opinion Polling / Public Opinion Research - Occasionally the Foundation will support such a project if there is demonstrated need and lack of other support from more traditional sources.
- Exhibitions - The Foundation occasionally supports artistic and cultural performances and exhibitions that communicate Japanese and/or American cultural issues and background to American and Japanese audiences.
The categories listed above are not intended to be exhaustive. The Foundation is always looking for unique approaches to strengthening the US-Japan relationship.
GrantWatch ID#: 150594
The Foundation only makes grants on an annual basis. Proposals can indicate an interest in multi-year funding, but should focus on one year at a time. Approved projects that initially indicated an interest in multi-year support would need to submit renewal proposals for future support.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Letters of Inquiry may be written in either Japanese or English and could be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mr. Daniel Tani
Director of Foundation Grants
The United States-Japan Foundation
145 East 32nd Street, 12th Floor
New York, NY 10016
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