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Exhibitions Abroad Support Program

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Museums
and Art Institutions to Exhibit Japanese Art and Culture

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The Japan Foundation Los Angeles (JFLA)

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Grants to USA, Canada, and International museums and art institutions located outside of Japan to help them organize exhibitions that introduce Japanese art and culture to audiences overseas. Funding is intended to to deepen the understanding of Japanese art and culture. In addition, this program is designed to provide financial assistance for overseas international exhibitions, such a biennials/triennials introducing Japanese artists and their works.

Eligible projects are exhibitions that will:

- Introduce Japanese art and culture, planned and executed by foreign museums or art institutions abroad; or
- Introduce Japanese artists and works in the framework of international art exhibitions such as biennials and triennials; or
- Be created through artist-in-residence programs and promote exchange among local citizens, artists, curators, and researchers, with a clear concept and concrete plan for exhibitions.

Funding will cover part of the following expenses incurred:

- Packing and shipping costs (excluding insurance costs)
- Catalogue production costs (including digital catalogue costs; for international exhibitions, support for catalogue production will be partial, based on the ratio of Japanese artists)
- Traveling costs for dispatched or invited artists, curators, and specialists (air fare, train fare, and accommodation fees; excluding costs due to travelling for preliminary research and development).

The following projects will be given a relatively higher evaluation:

- Exhibition projects with strong curatorial values that have not yet been staged in the applicants' countries;
- Projects that relate to major diplomatic anniversary events.

The following projects will be given lower priority:

- Projects organized by museums or institutions that have recently received financial support from the Japan Foundation;
- Traveling exhibitions that have previously received grants from the Japan Foundation;
- Projects that are primarily part of friendship and goodwill activities among sister cities, schools or institutions;
- Exhibitions composed mainly of art works of public subscription; and
- Exhibitions organized by hobby groups or similar membership associations.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 164763

Number of Grants:

For reference only, the number of applications / successful projects in the previous year is: 78 applications/ 28 projects.

Term of Contract:

The exhibition must open between April 1, 2018 and March 31, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Overseas museums and art institutions (i.e., located outside of Japan) are eligible.

Please note that this program does not cover the production cost of art works, installation costs and artists' fees.

The Japan Foundation does not provide grants for:

- Foreign governments, including their administrative organs and their embassies and consulates-general in Japan, but excluding academic, cultural, or research institutes such as universities and museums; and
- International organizations to which the Japanese government makes a financial contribution.

Additional Restrictions:

- Applications from individuals will not be accepted.
- 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.
- 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, our policy is not to provide grants for the fourth fiscal year. This is a measure to avoid giving ongoing support to the same applicants, and to distribute grants to as many applicants as possible. 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.
- As for Taiwan-based museums or art institutions considering application, please contact Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association, Taipei Office, with which the Japan Foundation cooperates.
- The Japan Foundation and its overseas offices will not duplicate funding for the same project.
- The recipient must meet the terms and conditions described in the “Terms and Conditions of the Grant” and take the
necessary procedures described in the “Grant Procedures.”
- The project(s) must not be for religious or political purposes.
- Each organization may only submit one application.

Pre-Application Information:

Note: If the exhibition travels 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 Deadline: December 1, 2017

Notification of Results: April 2018

Click on the link in the Supporting Documents section below to download the application, or click here to download the zip files of the application form:

Note: The Japan Foundation does not accept applications submitted through the Internet, by email, or by fax.

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:

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

Phone: 323.761.7510
Fax: 323.761.7517

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International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.