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Grants to USA and Japan Nonprofits to Promote Understanding Between the Two Nations


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International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.

Communication and Public Opinion Grant

United States-Japan Foundation (USJF)

Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #150594

Grant Description

Grants to USA and Japan nonprofit organizations for programs and exchanges related to US-Japan policy. Applicants must submit an LOI prior to submitting a full application. Funding is intended for projects that raise awareness of Japan in the US and/or the US in Japan in addition to dealing with concrete issues that affect the bilateral relationship (or are faced by the two nations). In addition, the Foundation occasionally supports documentary films, performances, exhibitions, and lectures that focus on Japanese/American culture.

Priority is given to projects that can demonstrate originality, broad appeal, enduring impact, excellent management and a well-constructed plan for execution and success. The Foundation will favor projects submitted by partnerships of Japanese and American applicants.

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.

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  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Foundation only funds nonprofit organizations legally incorporated in the United States and/or Japan. The Foundation does not consider or respond to inquiries made from entities outside of these countries.

The following types of projects fall outside of the Foundation’s guidelines: undergraduate education, sports exchanges, publication subsidies (unless directly related to a current USJF project), and scientific research. Grants cannot be made to individuals or for-profit organizations. Foundation grants may not be used for lobbying or to support election to public offices. The Foundation does not award grants as contributions to capital campaigns, endowment funds, deficit operations or for the construction or maintenance of buildings or other physical premises.

Pre-Application Information:

Grant timeline for 2022 and beyond:
Autumn cycle:
• June 1: LOIs due
• June 30: RFPs issued
• August 1: Proposals Due
• October (approx. 4th week): Grants awarded

Full Proposals must be received by August 1 for the Fall Cycle. The USJF Board meets in April and October, and funding decisions are announced shortly after the October board meetings.

Out of cycle requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Applicants are encouraged to contact the staff of the Foundation early on in the proposal development process for feedback and guidance. The Foundation welcomes phone calls and e-mails from prospective grantees to discuss their projects at any time.

Letters of Inquiry may be written in either Japanese or English. The final proposal must be written in English.

Please note that from May 2022 forward materials related to grants will be processed through Submittable. The first step in submitting a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) is registration on Submittable©. Please use this link below and follow the steps outlined. When you are a registered user, you can begin the formal process of application. Registration is required.

Full proposals should only be submitted upon the invitation of the Foundation. Uninvited full-proposals will not be considered.

All awardees will be expected to interact in biannual gatherings (virtual) organized by the Foundation.

Application Process:

Proposal Guidelines:


Term of Contract:

Projects proposing one- and two-year durations will be considered. Funding for multi-year grants will be awarded annually (incrementally) based on satisfactory performance.

Contact Information:


While most questions about the status of your application can be answered by referencing your Submittable©portfolio, please feel free to direct inquiries to

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