Grants and Programs

The Japan Foundation conducts programs in the three major areas of Arts and Cultural Exchange, Japanese-Language Education Overseas, Japanese Studies and Intellectual Exchange. There are applicable programs in each of these areas, and a support is provided for activities conducted by individuals and organizations that are involved in international exchange.

For an overview of the programs, please watch the video below:

Grant Navigator

– A tool to help guide you through the grants and programs

How to Apply

 – Follow these steps to apply for our grants and program

Japan Foundation Programs

– Details about the each grant and program

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

 


Grant Navigator

Please start by selecting from the categories below and follow along to “navigate” through the various programs available.

*If you are still not sure, please select “None of the Above” and fill out the form that appears to let us know more about your project.


How to Apply

1) Contact the Japan Foundation, Toronto to clarify your eligibility or ask any questions you may have regarding the programs. (Even if you are certain of your eligibility, it is helpful to let the office know that you are planning to submit an application.)

The staff members in charge of each program are as follows:

Arts and Culture Programs:

Performing Arts Japan (PAJ) Program, Exhibitions Abroad Support Program, Arts & Culture Local Grant Program (Visual and Performing Arts)
Contact: Toshi Aoyagi taoyagi@jftor.org

Support Program for Translation and Publication on Japan, Arts & Culture Local Grant Program (Film, Audiovisual, Visual Arts)
Contact: Nobi Nakamura nnakamura@jftor.org

Ishibashi Foundation/The Japan Foundation Fellowship for Research on Japanese Art
Contact: Cindy Briffa-Chen cbriffachen@jftor.org

Japanese Language Education Programs:

Training Programs for Teachers of the Japanese-Language (On-site), Online Training Program for Teachers of the Japanese-Language
Contact: Noriko Saito nsaito@jftor.org

Program for Specialists in Cultural and Academic Fields, Local Grant Program for Japanese-Language Education
Contact: Barbara Carter bcarter@jftor.org[

Japanese Studies and Intellectual Exchange Programs:

Contact: Cindy Briffa-Chen cbriffachen@jftor.org

2) Download the application from the description page of each program. Fill out the application and submit by its specific deadline to the Japan Foundation, Toronto.

The Japan Foundation, Toronto
2 Bloor St. E. Suite 300
P.O Box 130
Toronto, ON M4W 1A8

*Please note that as of 2020, all applications within Canada must be submitted to the Japan Foundation, Toronto and not the nearest Embassy or Consulate-General of Japan.

**If the ongoing situation with COVID-19 is making it difficult to send in your application to our office please contact us before you apply.

 


Japan Foundation Programs

Japan Foundation Head Office Programs
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

*Please note that the “Support Program for Organizations in Japanese-Language Education (Grants)” as listed in the Program Guidelines (Pg. 15 English, Pg. 19 Japanese) is currently covered under our Local Grant Program for Japanese-Language Education. Please refer to that program instead.

Local Grant Programs
The Japan Foundation, Toronto also 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.

Arts and Culture
Japanese Language Education
Japanese Studies and Intellectual Exchange
The Japan Foundation, Toronto Affiliated Programs

The following programs are open to Canadian educational institutions or individuals. For a detailed description, click on each program below:

 

Arts and Culture

  • Performing Arts Japan (PAJ) Program

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    This program is designed to provide financial support for performances and co-productions in North America that aim to introduce Japanese performing arts to local audiences.
    [Detailed Information and Application Forms]
    Deadline: November 2, 2020

  • Exhibitions Abroad Support Program

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    This program is designed to provide financial support for 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]
    Deadline: December 1, 2020

  • Support Program for Translation and Publication on Japan

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    This program is designed to provide partial financial support for overseas publishers intending to translate and/or publish books originally written in Japanese. The grant covers part of the translation cost and/or publishing costs (e.g. costs for paper, typesetting, printing and binding). Applicants may apply for one of the following categories: “translation only” “publication only” or “translation and publication.”
    [Detailed Information and Application Forms]
    Deadline: November 20, 2020

  • Ishibashi Foundation/The Japan Foundation Fellowship for Research on Japanese Art

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    This program aims to support the development of professionals specializing in the study of Japanese visual arts by providing an opportunity for curators and researchers from abroad to conduct research in Japan, and by so doing, promote the study of the field and the introduction of Japanese art overseas.
    This fellowship is implemented by the Japan Foundation with generous funding from the Ishibashi Foundation.
    [Detailed Information and Application Forms]
    Deadline: December 1, 2020

  • Arts & Culture Local Grant Program
    The Japan Foundation, Toronto offers a limited number of small-scale grants to partially support the costs of conducting non-profit Japanese Arts and Cultural activities in Canada.

 

Japanese Language Education

  • Basic Training Program for Teachers of the Japanese-Language

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    This program is a six months program designed for teachers who are early in their career with an opportunity to improve their Japanese language skills, acquire the basic teaching methodology, and deepen their knowledge of Japan.
    [Detailed Information and Application Forms]

    Deadline: December 1, 2020

  • Japanese language Program for Teachers of the Japanese-Language

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    This program is a six weeks program designed to provide an opportunity to improve their Japanese language skill which is necessary as teachers of Japanese language. There will be NO lessons for improving Japanese-language skill.
    [Detailed Information and Application Forms]

    Deadline: December 1, 2020

  • Comprehensive Japanese Teaching Methods Program for Teachers of the Japanese-Language

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    This program is a six weeks program designed to provide an opportunity to improve the teaching methodology. This program will be conducted only once per year in FY 2021. There will be NO lessons for improving Japanese-language skill.
    [Detailed Information and Application Forms]

    Deadline: December 1, 2020

  • Online Training Program for Teachers of the Japanese-Language

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    This program is an online training program for those currently working as Japanese-language teachers teaching outside of Japan to learn the theory and basic knowledge for teaching themes related to Japanese language teaching methods.
    [Detailed Information and Application Forms]

    Deadline: December 1, 2020

  • Program for Specialists in Cultural and Academic Fields

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    With the aim of providing support to specialists who require Japanese language proficiency in order to smoothly execute their specialist work and research activities (such as researchers, graduate students, librarians, and museum and art museum curators), this program provides training for the acquisition of practical Japanese language proficiency through a curriculum that is tailored to the characteristics of the respective specialist work, conducted at the Japanese-Language Institute, Kansai.
    [Detailed Information and Application Forms]

    Deadline: December 1, 2020

  • Local Grant Program for Japanese-Language Education
    This program is intended to promote Japanese-language education in Canada by providing support to a wide range of activities essential to the dissemination of Japanese-language and the development of Japanese-language education.
  • JFT Support Program for Organizations in Japanese-Language Education (Special Program in response to COVID-19)
    This program is intended to provide urgent support for various kinds of new activities in response to COVID-19, such as preparation and training for online lessons/events/teaching materials, implemented by overseas organizations involved in Japanese-language education in Canada.

 

Japanese Studies and Intellectual Exchange

*For the above 3 programs, both paper applications as well as email applications are required. Please submit your paper application to the Japan Foundation, Toronto office, and your email application to r_info@jpf.go.jp. If neither has arrived by December 1, the application will not be accepted.

 

The Japan Foundation, Toronto Affiliated Programs

  • Special Funding Program for Junior Scholars
    The Tanaka Fund was established in 1974 as the result of an exchange of gifts between the governments of Canada and Japan. Until 2016, support for Japanese language lectureship at Canadian Universities was funded. In 2018, the Tanaka Fund was restructured to focus support towards young emerging scholars in order to foster the next generation of Japanese Studies scholarship in Canada.

    For more information, click here.

    If you have any questions, please email Jeanne Gallagher, Manager, International Scholarships at tanaka@univcan.ca.

 


Granting 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.