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Grants to USA and Japan Nonprofits to Improve Understanding and Communication Between People in the Two Countries

Communication and Public Opinion Grant


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Important Dates
LOI Date: 08/31/23
Deadline: 10/31/23 Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA and Japan nonprofit organizations to improve understanding and communication between people in the two countries. Applicants must submit an LOI prior to submitting a full application. The Foundation occasionally supports projects and activities that focus on American and Japanese culture. Priority is given to projects that can demonstrate broad appeal, enduring impact, excellent management, originality, and a well-constructed plan for execution and success.

The Foundation will consider communication and public opinion projects that not only raise awareness about Japan in the US and/or US in Japan, but also deal with concrete issues that affect the bilateral relationship (or are faced by the two nations). As foreign policy increasingly is subject to public opinion (and is often influenced by non-governmental actors), there is a need in both countries for increased and more diversified coverage of international news and current events, as well as strong links between certain non-government organizations (NGOs) to enhance bilateral and multilateral cooperation.

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.

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.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Grants can only be made to organizations holding non-profit status.

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.

The Foundation does not make grants to individuals, nor for profit organizations.

Pre-Application Information
2023 Funding Cycle:
- August 31: Suggested submission date for Letters of Inquiry. Please note that in spite of this deadline, submission should be as early as possible for review. Please attach the Letter of Inquiry “Cover Sheet” along with your LOI.
- September 1-30: Letters of Inquiry will be reviewed and responses sent via email
- October 31: Deadline for receipt of Full Proposal (only invited Full Proposals will be considered)
- November 1 - December 31: Internal / External review of Full Proposals

Applicants are encouraged to contact the staff of the Foundation early on in the proposal development process for feedback and guidance.

As communicated in the December 2021 announcement, there will no longer be a Spring cycle.

Letters of Inquiry may be written in either Japanese or English.

The final proposal must be written in English.

Application process:

Proposal guidelines:


Term of Contract
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.

Contact Information
Submit LOI Cover Sheet and Letter of Inquiry:

For more information regarding the Pre-college Education Grant Programs at the United States-Japan Foundation, please contact the funding source at the above email address or via phone at (212) 481-8753.


Tel: (03) 3586-0541

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