Japanese-Language Learners Event Grant

Grants to USA Nonprofits and Schools for
Japanese-Language Learning Contests and Events

GrantWatch ID#: 180655
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Japan Foundation, Los Angeles (JFLA)


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Grants of up to $1,000 to USA nonprofit organizations and educational institutions for state, regional, and national events involving Japanese-language education. Applicants must notify the funding source of their intent to apply. Examples of eligible events include quiz contests, speech contests, and presentational events.

Eligible activities will motivate a large number of Japanese-language learners in multiple schools featuring different educational levels (primary, secondary, collegiate levels, and adults) and promote Japanese-language education in the area.

Eligible Items for Support:
-Expenses for inviting judges/guests to the event (honorarium, transportation, accommodation)
-Expenses for venue (rental fee for venue and equipment, service fee for tech support, etc.)
-Prize expenses for participating Japanese-language learners (no cash prizes)
-Production costs for handouts/programs/flyers of the event
-Group transportation costs for participants/student audiences (charter buses, vans, etc.)

Up to $1,000

Projects may be held between 11/1/2017 and 3/31/2018.


1) Applications are only accepted from nonprofit educational institutions/organizations involved in Japanese-language education. However, organizations whose laws restrict them from receiving aid from foreign organizations affiliated with governments are not eligible.

2) In principle, the Japan Foundation does not provide grants for:

-The U.S. government, including their administrative organs such as ministries and their embassies and consulates-general in Japan; excluding academic, cultural, or research institutes such as universities and museums; and

-International organizations to which the Japanese government makes a financial contribution.

3) Receipt of grants or benefits from the Japan Foundation must not violate any laws or ordinances, etc. (please confirm this before applying).

4) Applicants must have a bank account in the institution’s/organization’s name capable of accepting grants from the Japan Foundation. A bank account may also be opened before receiving the grant payment.

5) Applicants must have the necessary capabilities to implement their planned projects.

Requirements of the Proposed Events:

1) Projects must be implemented during the Japan Foundation’s Fiscal Year 2017-18 (April 1, 2017 – March 31, 2018).

2) The plan and method of implementation must be appropriate and there must be ample expectations that the program will yield positive results.

3) Projects must not be used for religious or political purposes.

4) Projects must not be commercial activities.

The following elements are NOT eligible for support:
-Any costs for foods or drinks,
-Costs for holding a reception/banquet,
-Rental fee for halls owned by the applying institution/organization or group,
-Indirect costs that are not directly needed to carry out the applied project,
-Any administrative costs of the managing division (staff salary, office supplies, etc.),
-Costs for holding general meetings and board meetings that are held regularly by the applicant.

Closed events for a single school are not eligible.

The applying institutions/organizations is expected to have a plan on how to supplement the JF grant with other funding sources at the time of application.

Applicants are asked to inform JFLA via email of intention to apply for the program.

Application Deadlines:
-March 1, 2017 (for projects to be held between 4/1/2017 and 3/31/2018)
-September 1, 2017 (for projects to be held between 11/1/2017 and 3/31/2018)

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

Mike Penny, Associate Program Officer
P: 1-323-761-7510, ext. 116
F: 1-323-761-7517

The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles
5700 Wilshire Blvd. #100
Los Angeles, CA 90036

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