Mini Grant for Japanese Arts & Culture

The Japan Foundation Los Angeles office (JFLA) accepts applications for projects that take place within the 13 states west of Rocky Mountains listed below for the JFLA Grant throughout the year. This grant aims to support projects that will enhance further understanding of Japanese arts and culture.
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Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming
*For projects originating in other 37 states, please visit New York office website for additional information.

Application Deadline: 3 months prior to the beginning date of the project
*We are no longer accepting applications for the 2019 fiscal year (ending on March 31, 2020). Applications for the 2020 fiscal year (starting on April 1, 2020) are welcome.



Program Guidelines and Application Forms: FY2020 (April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021)

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Exhibitions Abroad Support Program

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.
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Application Deadline: December 2, 2019 CLOSED
Notification of Results: April, 2020



Support Program for Translation and  Publication on Japan

This program is designed to provide financial support for foreign publishers intending to translate and/or publish books originally written in Japanese. The grant covers part of the translation cost and/or publishing costs (costs for paper, platemaking, printing, binding, etc.). By enabling the reduction of the selling price, and thus making books more accessible to the general public, especially books that are difficult to publish commercially, the program aims to foster better understanding of Japanese culture and to promote Japanese studies abroad. Applicants may apply either for "translation only," "publication only," or "translation and publication."
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Application Deadline: November 20, 2019 CLOSED
Notification of Results: Late April, 2020



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

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.
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Application Deadline: December 2, 2019 CLOSED
Notification of Results: April, 2020



This program is designed to provide financial assistance to non-profit organizations in the U.S. and Canada that aim to introduce Japanese performing arts to local audiences.

Application Deadline: November 2, 2020

*For more information on eligibility, grant coverage, assessment criteria etc, please visit The Japan Foundation, New York website:


U.S. and European Museum Infrastructure Support Program

This program is designed to provide financial support for U.S. and European museums to further promote constant and effective use of their Japanese art collections and thereby assist the establishment of an infrastructure to exhibit Japanese art.

The call for proposals for upcoming fiscal year 2020 has not been determined yet. If the Japan Foundation starts call for proposals for fiscal year 2020, it will be announced on the website.