Fiscal Year 2018-19
Japanese-language Education Project Grant

We are now accepting applications for projects which will start and finish between April 1, 2018 and March 15, 2019.

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 a national or state/regional levels, not exceeding $5,000. The project should benefit as many Japanese language programs 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 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, 2018 and March 15, 2019.

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 2017-18)

[Workshop, Conference, Seminar, etc.]

Grantee Project
American Association of Teachers of Japanese (AATJ) JHL-SIG: Japanese as a Heritage Language Special Interest Group Summer Institute for JHL School Teachers
Association of Florida Teachers of Japanese (AFTJ) AFTJ Workshop: Articulation Day
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
Colorado Japanese Language Education Association (CJLEA) CJLEA Fall Workshop
California Language Teachers' Association (CLTA) CLTA Summer Seminar
Clark High School Technology Workshop for Teachers
Illinois Association of Teachers of Japanese (IATJ) IATJ Workshop & Advocacy Project
Japanese Teacher's Association of Michigan (JTAM) JTAM Workshop
Japanese Teachers Association of Texas (JTAT) JTAT Workshop Series
Mid-Atlantic Association of Teachers of Japanese (MAATJ) FLAVA/MAATJ Annual Conference
Minnesota Council of Teachers of Japanese (MCTJ) MCTJ 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 South Florida SEATJ Conference
University of Southern California Workshop on Japanese Extensive Reading
Washington Association of Teachers of Japanese (WATJ) WATJ Annual Conference


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

Grantee Project
Japanese Cultural Committee of Great Falls Elementary School J-LEARN Advocacy Seminar
North Carolina Japanese Language Teachers (NCJLT) North Carolina Articulation Project
Ocean Charter School Digital Teaching Material Development
Purdue University Field Research for Development of CBI Teaching Material
San Francisco State University Journal of Japanese Linguistics Special Issue (Japanese-Language Education)
University of Michigan Digital Teaching Material Development
University of North Georgia - Center for Global Engagement Language Academy for High School Students
University of Northern Colorado Advocacy Project for Japanese Language and Culture