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Grants to USA Art Institutions and Museums in Multiple
States for Japanese Art Shows for Overseas Audiences

Exhibitions Abroad Support Program

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Japan Foundation Los Angeles (JFLA)

Deadline Date:

12/01/21 5:00 PM EST Receipt


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Grants to USA art institutions and museums in multiple states to exhibit Japanese works of art to overseas audiences. Funding may be used for travel costs, packing and shipping costs, and catalogue production costs associated with the international exhibitions. Funding is intended for exhibitions that originate in the 37 states east of the Rocky Mountains, plus Washington, DC.

This program is designed to provide financial assistance for overseas museums and art institutions to help them organize exhibitions introducing Japanese art and culture to audiences overseas. In addition, this program is designed to provide financial assistance for overseas international exhibitions such as biennials/triennials introducing Japanese artists and their works. 

Eligible Projects

(1) The grant is provided for exhibitions that will open during FY2022 (between April 1, 2022, and March 31, 2023) under the condition that plans and methods for implementing the project are appropriate and that there is sufficient expectation that the project will yield positive results. Eligible projects are exhibitions that will:

a. Introduce Japanese art and culture, planned and executed by foreign museums or art institutions abroad; or

b. Introduce Japanese artists and works in the framework of international art exhibitions such as biennials and triennials; or

c. Be created through artist-in-residence programs abroad and promote exchange among local citizens, artists, curators, and researchers, with a clear concept and concrete plan for exhibitions. 

Eligible Expenses

a. Packing and shipping costs (excluding insurance costs);

b. Catalogue production costs (including digital catalogue costs, for international exhibitions, support for catalogue production will be partial, based on the ratio of Japanese artists); and

c. Traveling costs for dispatched or invited artists, curators, and specialists (airfare, train fare and accommodation fees). 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 164763

Term of Contract:

The grant is provided for exhibitions that will open between April 1, 2022 and March 31, 2023.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must fulfill the following requirements:
a. Overseas museums and art institutions (i.e., those located outside of Japan).
b. Applicants must have the capabilities necessary for implementing the planned project(s).
c. The receipt of grants or support from the Japan Foundation must not violate any laws, regulations, or ordinances.
d. Applicants should have bank accounts in the name of the organization to which the grants by the Japan Foundation can be remitted, or should be able to open such accounts by the time the grants are remitted.

Applications must originate in one of the following states, plus DC:

Northeast: CT, DE, ME, MD, MA, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VT
South: AL, AR, DC, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, OK, SC, TN, TX, VA, WV
Midwest: IL, IN, IA, KS, MI, MN, MO, NE, ND, OH, SD, WI

The Japan Foundation does not provide grants for:
a. Japanese national government organs, local governments, incorporated administrative agencies, and local incorporated administrative agencies;
b. Organizations, institutions, and facilities attached to or established by Category (a) (excluding organizations with their own legal personalities, such as incorporated associations or incorporated foundations);
c. Foreign governments (including their administrative organs, embassies, and consulates-general, but excluding educational, cultural, or research institutes, such as universities or museums); and
d. International organizations that Japanese national government organs contribute to.

Points to be noted:
a. Applications from individuals will not be accepted.
b. The project(s) must not be for religious or political purposes.
c. For organizations that have continually received support from the same program for the past three fiscal years, unless the Japan Foundation believes there is a compelling reason for them to continue receiving such support, the policy is not to provide grants for the fourth fiscal year. It is possible to apply for the same program for a fourth consecutive fiscal year, but please be aware that the Japan Foundation places a lower priority on such applications.
d. Costs such as preliminary research and development will not be covered by the grant from the Japan Foundation.
e. Installation and production costs and artists’ fee will not be covered by the grant the Japan Foundation.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be received by 5pm EST, December 1, 2021.

After the screening of applications, decisions will be announced in writing in April 2022.

If the exhibition tours to more than one venue, the host institution should consolidate the grant requests and only one application should be submitted for the whole project. The Japan Foundation will not accept multiple applications for one project.

Application Documents:

Contact Information:

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

Submit applications to:

Attn: Exhibitions Abroad Support Program
The Japan Foundation, New York
1700 Broadway, 15th Floor
New York, NY 10019

For more information, please email or call 212-489-0299.

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