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

Exhibitions Abroad Support Program


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Funding Source
The Japan Foundation
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);
USA Compact Free Associations:The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)
International, Israel and Canada.

Important Dates
Deadline: 11/30/23 13:00 (Japan Standard Time) Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA, Canada, and International art institutions and museums to introduce Japanese works of art to overseas audiences. Funding may be used for travel costs, packing and shipping costs, and catalog production costs associated with the international exhibitions. This program is designed to provide financial support for museums and art institutions overseas that organize exhibitions introducing Japanese art and culture to audiences overseas. In addition, this program is designed to support overseas international exhibitions such as biennials/triennials introducing Japanese artists and their works.

Eligible Projects

The grant is provided for exhibitions that will open during FY2024 (between April 1, 2024 and March 31, 2025), under the conditions that the plan and method 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:

  1. Introduce Japanese art and culture, and are planned and executed by foreign museums or art institutions; or
  2. Introduce Japanese artists and works within the framework of international art exhibitions such as biennials and triennials; or
  3. 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.

Grant Coverage

  1. Assistance will take the form of a grant covering part of the following expenses incurred and paid during FY2024 (from April 1, 2024 to March 31, 2025):
    1. Packing and shipping costs (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); and
    3. Travel expenses for dispatched or invited artists, curators, and specialists (airfare, train fare, and accommodation fees).
  2. Points to note:
    1. The maximum amount of airfare shall be, in principle, the cost of round-trip, economy-class discount tickets (discount economy airfare).
    2. Costs such as preliminary research and development will not be covered by the grant from the Japan Foundation.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligibility: Overseas museums and art institutions

Eligible Applicants
(1) Applicants must fulfill the following requirements:
a. Applicants must be a foreign museum or art institution (i.e., located outside of Japan).
b. Applicants must have the capacity needed to implement the planned project(s).
c. The receipt of grants or support from the Japan Foundation must not violate any local laws, regulations, or ordinances.
d. Applicants should have a bank account in the name of the organization to which the grant from the Japan Foundation can be remitted, or should be able to open such an account by the time the grant is remitted.

Project(s) must not be for religious or political purposes.

(2) 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 the organizations in "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 to which Japanese national government organs contribute.

(3) Points to note:
a. Applications from individuals will not be accepted.
b. If the exhibition tours to more than one venue, the host institution should consolidate the grant requests and submit only one application for the whole project. The Japan Foundation will not accept multiple applications for one project.
c. Organizations that have continually received support from the same program for the past three fiscal years will not be provided with grants unless the Japan Foundation believes there is a compelling reason for them to continue receiving such support. This is a measure to avoid giving ongoing support to the same applicants, and to distribute grants to as many applicants as possible. If one does apply for a fourth consecutive fiscal year, low priority will be placed on such an application.
d. Taiwan-based museums and art institutions considering application should contact the Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association, Taipei Office, with which the Japan Foundation cooperates.
e. The Japan Foundation and its overseas offices will not duplicate funding for the same project.
f. The recipient must meet the terms and conditions described in the “Terms and Conditions for a Grant” and undertake the necessary procedures described in the “Grant Procedures.”

Pre-Application Information
Application deadline: November 30, 2023, 13:00 (Japan Standard Time)

Notification of Results April 2024.

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

Number of Grants
The number of applications selected in FY2023 was 28 out of 52.

Term of Contract
The grant is provided for exhibitions that will open between April 1, 2024 and March 31, 2025.

Contact Information
Online Application Portal:

Contact information:
- The Japan Foundation Overseas Offices:
- If there are no Japan Foundation offices in your country/area, please contact the nearest Japanese diplomatic mission. Japanese Diplomatic Missions:

In Japan
Visual Arts Section, Arts and Culture Department
The Japan Foundation (Headquarters)
YOTSUYA CRUCE, 1-6-4 Yotsuya, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0004, Japan

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