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Exhibitions Abroad Support Program

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Art Institutions
and Museums for Japanese Art Shows for Overseas Audiences

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Japan Foundation Los Angeles (JFLA)

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Grants to USA, Canada, and International art institutions and museums to exhibit Japanese works of art to overseas audiences. The purpose of the program is to deepen the knowledge and appreciation of Japanese art and culture among audiences outside of Japan. Funding is also intended for biennial/triennial shows that introduce the work of Japanese artists to international viewers.

Eligible projects will:

  1. Introduce Japanese art and culture, planned and executed by a museum or an art institution abroad;
  2. Introduce Japanese artists and their works in the context of international exhibitions held abroad, such as biennials/triennials;
  3. Be created through artist-in-residence programs abroad and promote the expansion of networks among artists, curators, and researchers in Japan and overseas, and have a clear concept and concrete plan for exhibitions.

The following projects will be given a relatively higher evaluation:

  1. Exhibitions with strong curatorial values that have not yet been staged in the applicants' countries;
  2. Projects that relate to commemorative events of the Exchange year. For more information:

Eligible costs include:

  1. Packing and shipping costs of art works (excluding insurance costs);
  2. Catalog production costs (including digital catalog costs; for international exhibitions, support for catalog production will be partial, based on the ratio of Japanese artists);
  3. Traveling costs for dispatched or invited artists, curators, and specialists (air fare, train fare, and accommodation fees; excluding costs for preliminary research and development).

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 164763

Number of Grants:

For reference only, during the fiscal year of 2020, 33 out of 71 applications were successful.

Term of Contract:

The grant is provided for exhibitions that will open between April 1, 2021 and March 31, 2022.

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.

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:

Application Deadline: December 1, 2020
Notification of Results: April 2021

Applicants outside Japan are requested to submit applications to the local Japan Foundation office. When there is no Japan Foundation office in the applicant's country, the applicant should contact the nearest diplomatic mission (Embassies, Consulates, etc.)

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.

Contact Information:

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

The Japan Foundation (Headquarters)
Arts and Culture Department
Visual Arts Section
TEL +81-(0)3-5369-6061 / E-mail:

Directory of Japan Foundation offices:

Directory of Japanese Embassies and Consulates:

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