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CGP Grant Program - Grassroots Program

Grants to USA Nonprofits for Outreach and Networking
to Promote Exchange Between the USA and Japan

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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CGP - The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership

Deadline Date:

12/01/18 Receipt


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Grants of up to $30,000 per year to USA nonprofit organizations for outreach and networking initiatives to promote exchange between the United States and Japan. Proposal categories include the development of national or regional networks, capacity building and development of national or regional centers, and promotion of understanding of contemporary issues of Japan.

CGP launched the J-Initiative in 2010 in order to promote networking, capacity building, and innovative program development for US-Japan exchange and outreach. This grant program is now incorporated into the CGP Grant Program - Grassroots Program.

Over the past 150 years, the United States and Japan have forged deeper ties and achieved greater mutual understanding throughout many facets within society. Today, there are a multitude of active organizations in the US promoting US-Japan exchange and educational outreach, including Japan America Societies, Japanese gardens, Japanese-American civic societies, universities, and museums. All of these diverse organizations are the foundation for a strong US-Japan partnership.

There remain, however, areas in the US where access to Japanese society and culture is still limited. Advances in technology, including internet and digital media, innovative programs for exchange, and outreach have been developed to meet this need. CPG encourages the incorporation of these innovations into US-Japan exchanges and will continue to support the fostering of next generation leaders who will bear the responsibility for promoting such exchanges in the future.

CGP will support US-Japan networking and outreach proposals that fall into the following categories:
-Establishing national and/or regional networks in the field of US-Japan exchange and outreach;
-Promote the capacity building and the program development of national and/or regional centers or their member organizations which aims to enhance US-Japan exchange and outreach activities;
-Promote the understanding of contemporary issues/topics of Japan including, but not limited to, social entrepreneurship, disaster recovery and prevention, popular culture, aging society, and sports. Such issues/topics can be explored through trainings, exchange, conferences, teacher workshops, and educational outreach on Japan, including but not limited to, development of curricula or teaching materials, etc.

Projects are required to have the following elements:
-Clear and concrete articulation of project design including methodology, participants, events and structures, goals of the project, and outcomes;
-Viable sustainability plan that is clearly articulated and has a mid/long-term vision that extends well after CGP support;
-Substantial evidence of ideas and/or participants that comprise a broad range of viewpoints;
-Minimum of 1 annual event such as a symposium, conference, or workshop to support dialogue and networking, as well as for dissemination purposes;
-Tangible outputs that will lead to long-term outcomes and sustained impact;
-Clear dissemination plan for these outputs which includes the method of dissemination, target audience, and materials to be produced and distributed;
-Projects must secure a collaborating Japanese partner if the project requires an exchange component;

Priority is given to projects that exhibit the following qualities:
-Demonstration of national and/or regional tangible outcomes and impact;
-Innovative, creative, and new approaches such as the utilization of digital media and technology that possess (ensures) secured and high-quality contents;
-Attention towards underserved areas of the Midwest, South, and Mountain states as well as non-traditional audiences that have not been previously exposed to Japanese culture and topics.
-Possess highly collaborative partnerships between U.S. and Japan (i.e., projects containing strong collaboration between U.S. and Japan-based organizations or with U.S.-Japan related organizations).

Screening Criteria:
-Competence and ability of project leaders and their institutions to execute proposals;
-Rationale for U.S.-Japan collaborative partnership (projects that do not have exchange components
are excluded);
-Ability of methodology/strategy of project to meet the stated objectives of proposal;
-Potential for long-lasting impact and sustainability;
-Strength of dissemination plan to effectively reach a broader audience;
-Geographical distribution/balance;
-Cost-efficiency of budget.

Youth exchanges that do not include any components aforementioned in the described grant programs will also be given low priority.

CGP grant funds can be applied to the following project costs directly related to the proposed project:
-Personnel & Honoraria (salary and honoraria)
-Travel (international and domestic transportation costs). CGP can only support up to the equivalent of an economy class airline ticket Per Diem (hotels and meals).
-Conference Costs (room rental, interpretation fees, etc.)
-Report & Publication Costs (editing, translating, printing costs, etc.)

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 163372

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants will typically be capped at $30,000 per grant year, for a maximum of two years.

Term of Contract:

Projects must begin between April 1, 2019 and March 31, 2020.

CGP will not support projects with grant durations of more than two years. Projects centered on annual or ongoing events are given low priority.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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

CGP will not consider proposals for the following:
-Commercial activities;
-Political activities, election campaigns, or religious activities;
-Activities in support of specific doctrines or claims;
-Medical, technical, or scientific projects that do not focus on policy issues; Development of university courses or creation of university chairs; Dissertation research1;
-Organization of or participation in sporting events;
-Creation or support of scholarships or fellowships;
-Language education programs2;
-Social welfare or international development direct service projects;
-Arts exchanges;
-Goodwill exchanges;
-Tourist-oriented programs.

CGP will not consider the following items:
-Capital fund and endowment drives, debt reduction, public relations campaigns, advertising, or the creation or support of awards or grants;
-Operating costs unrelated to the project being supported;
-Design, construction, or maintenance of buildings or monuments;
-Procurement of equipment or purchase of land.

CGP may not be able to cover expenses for government officials while their inclusion is welcomed in projects. Please consult CGP in advance.

Pre-Application Information:

A minimum of 20% of the total project budget each year must be secured from non-CGP sources such as the applying institution, the collaborating institution, or other foundation.

Proposals must be received by the CGP New York Office by December 3, 2018.

Contact Information:

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

MaryAnn Celis
(212) 489-1255 ext. 118

Submit applications to:

Attn: Grassroots Exchange and Education Program
Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership
1700 Broadway 15th Fl
New York , NY 10019

New York:

The Japan Foundation, New York
1700 Broadway, 15th Floor
New York, NY 10019

P: (212) 489-0299
F: (212) 489-0409

Los Angeles:

The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles
5700 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 100
Los Angeles, CA 90036

P: (323) 761-7510
F: (323) 761-7517

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