Fiscal Year 2017-18
Japanese-language Education Project Grant

Application Deadline:
  Two months prior to the project start date
(*We now accept application form submissions via email.)

(Photo: Workshop by Delaware Valley Teachers of Japanese)


The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles (hereafter “JFLA”) provides financial assistance for projects which promote Japanese language education on a national or state/regional levels, not exceeding $5,000. The project should benefit as many Japanese language programs/teachers/learners as possible in a wide region or nationwide. Therefore, projects which only benefit a sigle school/institution are not eligible for this grant program. JFLA accepts applications from non-profit educational institutions/organizations (Japanese language teachers’ associations, higher educational institutions, etc.) in the U.S., not from individuals.

Grant Amount:  Up to $5,000 per project

The eligible projects are listed below and must start and finish between April 1, 2017 and March 15, 2018.

Type A: Workshop/Seminar/Conference

Priority will be given to workshops/seminars/conferences that can provide participating teachers with professional development credits/units (university credits, continuing education units, professional development clock-hours, etc.) or certificates of attendance, which can be used towards receiving/renewing teacher’s license/credential. licenses/credentials.

Type B: Original Projects

Any types of projects on a national/state/regional levels are welcome; however JFLA seeks to support the following types of projects. The project should contribute to promote the Japanese-language programs in a wide region or nationwide.

  • Japanese-Language Education Advocacy Projects to increase the visibility of Japanese-language education in a wide region. Please check the "Real Advocacy Stories" pages for ideas.

  • Articulation Projects for improving vertical articulation between different educational levels as well as horizontal articulation within the same educational level, in order to mazimize students' learning environment at multiple Japanese programs in a wide region.

  • Survey Projects that will be conducted in order to grasp/analyze the current condition of Japanese-language education or to gather demographic information related to Japanese-language education.

  • Teaching Material Development Projects that will benefit educators/learners nationwide.

Eligible Items for Support

Type A:

   (1) Expenses for inviting lecturer(s) (honorarium, accommodation, travel expense)
   (2) Expenses for Venue (venue and equipment rental fees, etc.)
   (3) Production costs for handouts/flyers/proceedings
   (4) Participants’ professional development credit application fees (university credits, continueing education units, etc.)

Type B:

The eligible items for support will vary depending on the type of projects. Please consult with JFLA about what kinds of items you will need financial support for.

Application materials

Step 1.  Please inform JFLA (Email: of your intention to apply for the program.

Step 2.  Download the application materials.


     Application Form (Type A: Workshop/Seminar/Conference)

     Application Form (Type B: Orignal Project)

Step 3.
  Please submit your completed Application Form by mail or email.
Your Application Fom (either original or digital copies) must be submitted to JFLA on or before the deadline.

         [Application Deadline]  Two months prior to the project start date

Post Application Procedures



Grant Recipients (Fiscal Year 2015-16)

[Workshop, Conference, Seminar, etc.]

Grantee Project
AATJ JHL-SIG Summer Institute for Heritage Language Teachers
Alaska Association of Teachers of Japanese The 1st Japanese Language Pedagogy Workshop
Association of Florida Teachers of Japanese (AFTJ) AFTJ Advocacy Project & Articulation Day
Association of Teachers of Japanese in Oregon (ATJO) ATJO Seminar: Instructional Scaffolding to Assist Learning
California Association of Japanese Language Schools (CAJLS) CAJLS Lecture/Workshop
California Association of Japanese Language Teachers (CAJLT) CAJLT Advocacy Project
California Language Teachers' Association (CLTA) CLTA Summer Institute
CLASSRoad: Center for Languages, Arts and Societies of the Silk Road Webinar: LangCred: Discovering Pathways to Japanese Language Credentialing
Clark High School Las Vegas Lecture Series
Colorado Japanese Language Education Association (CJLEA) CJLEA Workshop: How To Improve Students' Motivation
Foreign Language Association of North Carolina (FLANC) FLANC Fall Conference: Language Connect Us
Illinois Association of Teachers of Japanese (IATJ) IATJ Advocacy Project: Promoting Japanese Language Education in Illinois
Japanese Teachers Association of Michigan (JTAM) JTAM Workshop: Maximizing Students' Performance
Japanese Teachers Association of Texas (JTAT) JTAT Workshop: "How Can We Combine OPI Oral Competence Test and Cultural Competence Test"
Kapiolani Community College CASTEL-J: Conference and Consortium for Computer Assisted Systems for Teaching and Learning Japanese
New Jersey Association of Teachers of Japanese (NJATJ) NJATJ Advocacy Project
Northeast Council of Teachers of Japanese (NECTJ) NECTJ Advocacy Project & Workshop/Conference Series
Teachers of Japanese in Southern California (TJSC) TJSC Workshop & Advocacy Project
Tufts University JLTANE Conference (Conference of the Japanese Language Teachers Association of the Northeastern Region´╝ë
University of Findlay CATJ 25: Connection: National Standards 5C and Beyond
University of Michigan CATJ 26: Connecting Across Generations
University of North Carolina at Wilmington SEATJ Annual Conference (Conference of the Southeastern Association of Teachers of Japanese)
Washington Association of Teachers of Japanese (WATJ) WATJ Conference: Connect & Unity

[Other Original Projects] (Development of Teaching Materials, Research Project, etc.)

Grantee Project
Bucknell University Video Cultural Supplements for Genki Textbook
San Francisco State University Journal of Japanese Linguistics - Special Edition
LaGuardia Community College Guidelines for International Video-Exchange Project
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Development of AI Japanese Teacher Tool