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Cultural Background for COVID-19 Relief

Relief Grant For Japan America Societies And Japanese Gardens

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Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP)

Deadline Date:

11/30/21 6:00 PM ET Receipt


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Grants of up to $20,000 and grants of up to $30,000 to USA nonprofit organizations of eligible cultural background to help mitigate the financial impacts of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. Funding is intended for projects to increase the current and future stability of the organization or to hire new staff. Applicants must be Japan America Societies or Japanese Gardens.

CGP welcomes proposed projects that fall under the following categories: A or B. The organization must choose one category and may only apply once.

A. Organizational Sustainability Project: Improve organizational stability in the short term while creating practices that lead to long-term sustainability. Project examples:

  • Fundraising. Research and implement income generation plans to ensure sustainability and growth of the Society/Garden.
  • Strategic planning. Develop a strategic plan to ensure organizational leaders and staff have a clear and unified understanding of the Society’s/Garden’s long-term goals and priorities in the post-Covid era.
  • Communications Planning. Research and implement viable web-based marketing strategies and internal communications structures.

B. Salary Assistance: Strengthen organizational capacity by hiring a new staff member to fill a new position or a position vacant due to the pandemic. Cannot be used to support current staff. Project examples:

  • Management. Plan and lead the organization’s strategic plan and coordinate staff to accomplish these objectives.
  • Program Development. Create and implement innovative programming to reach target populations and contribute to overall organizational sustainability.
  • Membership. Enhance networking ability of the Society/Garden to reach local businesses, Japan-related organizations, young professionals, and other interest groups with the goal of increasing membership.
  • Public Relations. Plan and conduct public-facing communication that builds mutually beneficial relationships between the Society/Garden and their communities.


  • Organizations with immediate needs (e.g. shortage of cash reserves);
  • NAJAS or NAJGA members;
  • Lower priority will be given to projects that can be supported by the Grassroots Exchange Discretionary or Education Grant Programs.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 196836

Estimated Size of Grant:

The grant amounts are up to $20,000 (category A) or $30,000 (category B) and inclusive of indirect costs.

Term of Contract:

Funding period: Up to 12 months

Round 1 projects (deadline July 30, 2021) must begin before November 30, 2021
Round 2 projects (deadline November 30, 2021) must begin before March 31, 2022

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Japan America Societies and Japanese Gardens which are nonprofit organizations in the U.S. with 501(c)(3) status under the Internal Revenue Code.

Organizations that are currently receiving a CGP grant are eligible to apply as long as project goals and costs are completely separate from the current project.

CGP will not consider proposals for the following:
- Commercial activities;
- Political activities, election campaigns, or religious activities;
- Activities in support of specific doctrines or claims;
- Organization of or participation in sporting events;
- Language education programs;
- Social welfare or international development direct service projects;
- Goodwill exchanges;
- Tourist-oriented programs.

CGP will not consider the following items for support:
- Capital fund and endowment drives, debt reduction, public relations campaigns, advertising, or the creation or support of awards or grants;
- Operating costs unrelated to the project being supported;
- Design, construction, or maintenance of buildings or monuments;
- Procurement of equipment or purchase of land.

Pre-Application Information:

This grant program will be open for two rounds in 2021:
- Round 1 deadline is July 30, 2021 (for projects beginning before November 30, 2021)
- Round 2 deadline is November 30, 2021 (for projects beginning before March 31, 2022)

Full proposals must be received by 6:00 p.m. July 30, 2021 (EDT) or November 30, 2021 (EST).

Proposals will be reviewed and applicants will be notified approximately 7 weeks after the proposal deadline.

Contact Information:

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

Please email all application materials to:

The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership, New York
Grassroots Exchange and Education Program Team

The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership, New York Office
1700 Broadway, 15th Floor
New York, NY 10019
Tel: (212) 489-1255
Fax: (212) 489-1344

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