Arts & Culture Grant Programs (HQ)


This page describes programs available in Canada for the 2018 – 2019 fiscal year (April 1, 2018- March 31, 2019).

Decisions on applications to Japan Foundation open programs are made once a year so that all applications may stand on an equal basis in an international competition.

Application forms are available in September for the next fiscal year. Program application deadlines vary per program, so please check the individual program for the deadline. Applications are sent to Tokyo to be screened, and decisions for most applications are announced in April.

The Japan Foundation, Toronto also offers a limited number of small-scale local grants to partially support the costs of conducting non-profit Japanese Arts and Cultural activities in Canada.

pottery_250Exhibitions Abroad Support Program

The Japan Foundation supports 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.

Detailed information and application forms


Support Program for Translation and Publication on Japan

The Japan Foundation provides financial assistance for foreign publishers to translate and/or publish Japan-related books. The grant shall cover part of the translation cost and/or publishing cost (paper cost, plate-making cost, printing cost, binding cost, etc.).

Detailed information and application forms


Performing Arts Japan for North America

Performing Arts Japan (PAJ) provides financial assistance to Japan-related performing art projects in the US and Canada (PAJ North-America) that aim to introduce Japanese performing arts to local audiences in these areas, or to facilitate exchange between leading artists in Japan and North America. .

Detailed information and application forms

How to Apply

1) Contact the Japan Foundation, Toronto or the nearest diplomatic mission to clarify your eligibility. (Even if you are certain of your eligibility, it is helpful to let the office know that you are planning to submit an application.)

2) Download application from this website or request that a copy be mailed to you from the Japan Foundation, Toronto. Fill out the application and submit by its specific deadline.

3) The application results for most programs administered by Japan Foundation Headquarters will be sent to you by mail in April 2017.