Fiscal Year 2019-20
Japanese-language Education Project Grant

We are now accepting applications for nationwide/statewide/regional projects which will start and finish between April 1, 2019 and March 15, 2020.

Application Deadline: Two months prior to the project start date
(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 the national/state/regional level, not exceeding $5,000. The project should benefit as many Japanese language programs (teachers and learners) as possible in a wide region or nationwide. Therefore, projects which only benefit a single school/institution are NOT eligible for this grant program. JFLA accepts applications from 501(c)(3) 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, 2019 and March 15, 2020.

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 promoting 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.
  • Articulation Projects for improving vertical articulation between different educational levels as well as horizontal articulation within the same educational level, in order to maximize students' learning environment in 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, continuing 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 Forms
Type A: Workshop/Seminar/Conference
Type B: Original 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 2018-19)

[Workshop, Conference, Seminar, etc.]

Grantee Project
Alaska Association of Teachers of Japanese (AKATJ) AKATJ Pedagogy Workshop
California Association of Japanese Language Schools (CAJLS) CAJLS Annual Lecture&Workshop
California Association of Japanese Language Teachers (CAJLT) CAJLT Workshop Series
Colorado Japanese Language Education Association (CJLEA) CJLEA Workshop
California Language Teachers' Association (CLTA) CLTA Summer Seminar
Illinois Association of Teachers of Japanese (IATJ) IATJ Workshop Series
Japanese Teacher's Association of Michigan (JTAM) JTAM Workshop
Japanese Teachers Association of Texas (JTAT) JTAT Workshop and Conference Series
Mid-Atlantic Association of Teachers of Japanese (MAATJ) FLAVA/MAATJ Annual Conference and Workshop
Northeast Council of Teachers of Japanese (NECTJ) NECTJ Professional Development Workshop/Conference Series 
Ohio Association of Teachers of Japanese (OATJ) OATJ Professional Development Workshop Series
University of Wisconsin, Madison Conference of Central Association of Teachers of Japanese (CATJ)
Wake Forest University Conference of Southeast Association of Teachers of Japanese (SEATJ)
Washington Association of Teachers of Japanese (WATJ) WATJ Annual Conference


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

Grantee Project
Association of Teachers of Japanese (AATJ)  Japanese Language Education Video Project
North Carolina Japanese Language Teachers (NCJLT) Japanese Language EducationAdvocacy Project:
(Anime/Manga Arts Festival)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology AI Tutor: Data Validation and Usabiity Test
North Carolina Japanese Language Teachers (NCJLT) North Carolina Articulation Project
Purdue University, Fort Wayne Panel Discussion
"Get Ready for the Workforce: Be Global Reday!"
University of Colorado, Boulder Reconsidering Articulation Issues in Colorado and
Surrounding States through New Pedagogical Perspective