Grants to USA and Japan Nonprofits for Leadership
and STEM Programs for Youth and Young Women

GrantWatch ID#: 175524
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

TOMODACHI Initiative


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Grants typically ranging from $5,000 to $80,000 to USA and Japan nonprofit organizations for youth leadership programs. Applicants are advised to contact the funding source well in advance of the deadline. Priority is given to STEM programs, as well as programs that help prepare young women for careers in STEM or business fields.

Applicants are judged based on their potential for meaningful impact through programs that:

- Provide programs that span the continuum of cross-cultural youth leadership development, from exposure and inspiration to learning, leadership development, and alumni engagement
- Expose underserved communities to foreign cultures
- Bring new and diverse voices to the U.S.-Japan relationship
- Offer life-transforming opportunities for high potential youth
- Address a need or tackle a challenge in an underserved area (geographic, demographic, social, sector)

TOMODACHI typically awards grants in the range of $5,000-$80,000 per program, but all funding decisions are made on a case-by-case basis.

Organizations submitting funding proposals must include proof of 501(c)(3) status (U.S. organizations) or non-profit status (Japanese organizations) with their application.

The TOMODACHI Initiative will not fund individuals, only institutions.

The TOMODACHI Initiative will not consider proposals for the following:

- Programs with target participant group over the age of 35;
- Programs for commercial (profit-making) purposes;
- Political activities, election campaigns, or religious activities;
- Activities in support of specific doctrines or claims;
- Programs that are centered only around tourism/travel (i.e. without leadership component).

Because the applicant pool is very competitive, serious applications are encouraged to contact well in advance of the submission deadline to discuss the application process.

All application materials must be in English and all financial figures/budget items should be in the currency in which you would like to receive the funds (i.e. Yen or Dollars)

To be considered, applicants must submit the following forms:

1. TOMODACHI Initiative Application Form

2. Itemized Budget

3. Names, titles, and resumes of all staff who would help develop and implement the program.

4. Proof of organization’s non-profit status (501(c)(3) or Japanese documentation)

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

Applicants must email the application and completed forms to:

Michiyo Horita, Director of External Communications and Program Manager
New Otani Garden Court 12F
4-1 Kioicho , Chiyoda-ku
Tokyo 102-0095 Japan

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