Grants and Programs


The Japan Foundation offers a variety of grants and programs supporting projects in the following areas:

Arts and Culture
Japanese Language Education

Japanese Studies and Intellectual Exchange

Programs administered by the Japan Foundation Head Office in Japan are described in the Program Guidelines, published in the fall of each fiscal year. The Program Guidelines includes a list of programs, application forms and deadlines: Guidelines in English    Guidelines in Japanese

If you are unable to access these digital files, contact The Japan Foundation, Toronto at or (416) 966-1600 (or the Japan Foundation office closest to you) and request to have a copy delivered by mail.

The Japan Foundation, Toronto also offers small grants through its Local Grant Programs.

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 2019.


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The Japan Foundation supports exchange projects between Japan and other countries to foster the general public’s interest in Japan and to promote understanding of Japan abroad. The programs support projects that introduce various aspects of Japanese arts and culture and contribute to international society through the arts.

Arts & Culture Grant Programs

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To promote the understanding of Japan as well as mutual understanding between Japan and the rest of the world, the Japan Foundation supports the activities of Japanese-language institutions and groups, and provides training programs in Japan for Japanese-language teachers and learners.

Japanese Language Education Grants and Programs

shinkansen_250Japanese Studies and Intellectual Exchange

Programs in this field encourage a greater understanding of Japan by supporting and promoting Japanese Studies overseas, creating opportunities for cross-cultural dialogue on global issues and administering programs designed to develop future leaders.

Japanese Studies and Intellectual Exchange Grant Programs

manekineko_250Local Grant Programs

The Japan Foundation, Toronto offers small grants through its Local Grant Programs. Local Grants support non-profit and educational institutions carrying out projects related to Japanese arts, culture and language education, and which enhance mutual understanding between Japan and Canada.

Japanese Language Education Local Grant Programs
Arts & Culture and Japanese Studies & Intellectual Exchange Local Grant Program

Vertical_A_ColourGranting the Use of the Name of The Japan Foundation, Toronto as a Supporter

The Japan Foundation supports cultural projects that contribute to the promotion of international cultural exchange by granting the use of its name as a supporter.

Promotional Support Program