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Institutional Project Support (IPS) - Small Grant Program

Grants to USA Nonprofits and Institutions
to Advance and Promote Foreign Studies

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Japan Foundation, New York (JFNY)

Deadline Date:

12/01/20 Received by email or post


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Grants of up to $25,000 to USA nonprofit organizations and institutions to foster increased foreign studies. Funding is intended to support innovative or existing programs and to support programs at small institutions and institutions without an existing program. Programs must support Japanese studies.

Priority will be given to:

  • Projects from institutions that face difficulties maintaining current levels of infrastructure
  • Projects from small institutions and institutions without an established program of Japanese Studies or those that lack personnel or resources
  • Projects that initiate or sustain institutional partnerships, including those in Japan

Funding may be used for:

  • Full-time or part-time faculty, instructor, or staff salaries
  • Travel expenses, including per diem and accommodation expenses for scholars, lecturers, and students
  • Honoraria for lectures
  • Research and teaching materials
  • Conference and seminar related expenses, which may include venue and equipment rental fees, translation fees, and expenses toward the production or publication of proceedings. Costs for receptions, lunch and dinner, and refreshments will be given low funding priority.
  • Library and digital resource support (lower priority)

Applicants who have never received an IPS grant may be given priority over those who have received such a grant.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 162188

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum grant is $25,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects must commence between April 1, 2021 and September 30, 2021. The duration can be up to twelve months (one year).

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Only submissions from U.S. institutions and organizations with 501(c)(3) status will be accepted.

Projects must fulfill the following requirements to be eligible for application:
- They must not be used for political, religious, social welfare, or commercial activities.
- They must not be activities in support of specific doctrines or claims.

The following proposals are not eligible:
- Projects in the field of medicine, manual training or natural sciences
- Organization of or participation in sporting events and training
- Projects in the field of art (art-related projects such as exhibitions, film series, etc. that form a portion of a larger, comprehensive Japanese Studies project may be funded)
- Goodwill exchanges
- Social welfare or international development projects
- Tourist-oriented programs

The applicant may not request JF funding for the following:
- Indirect costs; or costs that are not directly needed to carry out the applied projects
- Overhead costs of the administrative body of the institution
- Salaries of administrative staff (funds may be requested for assistants directly related to the project, up to a limit of 30 days)
- Costs to purchase equipment that may remain for a long time, such as computers, PC supplies, Office supplies such as a photocopier, facsimile machine, electric appliances, furniture such as desks, chairs, racks, and all kinds of furnishing equipment, etc.
- Costs to acquire real estate, and construction fees
- Rental fees for facilities that would be used long term
- Rental fees for facilities within the applying institution
- International airfare that is higher than the estimated fare for the shortest route from the city of boarding to the destination using economy class discount fare

Pre-Application Information:

The application must be received by the Japan Foundation, New York by post no later than Tuesday, December 1, 2020.

Applicants will be notified of the results of the screening in April, 2020 through JFNY.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Applications should be sent to:
The Japan Foundation, New York
c/o Japanese Studies Program
1700 Broadway, Fl. 15
New York, NY 10019


For further inquiries, contact:
(212) 489-0299

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