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The Japan Foundation, Manila Local Grant Program Guidelines and Application

I. OUTLINE

The Japan Foundation, Manila (JFM) offers grant programs to support projects which promote, introduce and deepen understanding of Japan in the Philippines, and projects which encourage and enhance cultural collaboration and exchange in Asia. There are three types of grant programs available under JFM:

  1. JFM Local Grant Program: Introducing and deepening understanding of Japan in the Philippines
  2. Asia Center Local Grant Program: Promoting Cultural Collaboration in Asia
  3. Asia Center Local Grant Program:  Enhancing and Encouraging People-to-People Exchange in Asia

1. JFM Local Grant Program: Introducing and deepening understanding of Japan in the Philippines

This program provides a modest grant for projects which aim to promote mutual understanding by introducing Japanese arts and culture in the Philippines; encouraging intellectual exchange in addressing issues of international and mutual concern; and to contributing to the creation and development of arts, culture, intellectual exchange, Japanese studies and Japanese language education in the Philippines.

Projects can be Japan-themed/ related with/ without guest from Japan, such as a performance, exhibition, artist-in-residence, conference, film screening, workshop, masterclass, publication, lecture, research, etc.

2. Asia Center Local Grant Program: Promoting Cultural Collaboration in Asia

This program provides grants to partially cover expenses incurred by organizations or individual collaborators in Asia which aim to conduct cultural collaborative projects in the fields of arts and culture, sports, or intellectual exchange. The goal of the Asia Center Local Grant is to foster an awareness of empathy and coexistence among the people of Asia, including Japan, through collaboration.

Projects under this grant could be:

  • Co-production/s of cinematographic works, theatrical performances, dance, music and the like by stage directors, scriptwriters, performers, and crew;
  • Exhibitions on the basis of joint curation and relevant symposia;
  • Symposium on resolving common issues, and publishing of reports germane to these issues;
  • Joint researches with a local organization, conferences or implementation of projects on preservation and restoration of cultural heritage and ruins;
  • Continuous workshops by experts for nurturing next-generation leaders in the field of sports.

3. Asia Center Local Grant Program:  Enhancing and Encouraging People-to-People Exchange in Asia

This program aims to support organizations by providing grants to partially cover expenses of implementing exchange projects at grassroots or regional levels, aiming to expand the base for exchange and to promote understanding and friendship among the people of Asia

Projects under this grant could be:

  • Inviting students from ASEAN to participate in collaborative research; a music concert project involving civic musicians in the ASEAN region;
  • Academic conferences, workshops, lecture series, and seminars involving scholars from the ASEAN region;
  • A conference bringing together civic leaders in Asia to discuss disaster prevention, and other topics of mutual concern.

II. ELIGIBILITY AND DUTIES OF THE APPLICANT

  1. The applicant must be non-profit oriented and located in the Philippines.
  2. The applicant must have the capability required to execute his/her project in accordance with the plan.
  3. The applicant will not violate any law or regulation of the applicant’s country by receiving a grant from the Japan Foundation.
  4. The applicant must possess a bank account capable of accepting grants from JFM. The applicant must be able to open such an account by the time of receipt of remittance.
  5. The applicant must not have any difficulty in preparing all the documents to be submitted and in communicating with JFM in English or Japanese.
  6. The grant will only cover partial costs of the project and not cover 100% of the cost. Projects must be based on cost-sharing, and applicants are encouraged to find other resources together with this grant, including other sponsors, grants, donations, as well as the applicant’s own funding.
  7. The applicant must not be receiving any support from other Japan Foundation resources for the same project, including grants from the Japan Foundation in Tokyo, grants from other Japan Foundation country offices, the Center for Global Partnership, China Center and Asia Center headquarters’ grant from Tokyo.
  8. Projects below are NOT eligible for any of the Japan Foundation grants:
    • Projects related to natural science or technology
    • Profit-oriented projects
    • Projects aiming to spread certain policies or opinioins, and/or projects with political or religious purposes.

III. GRANT AMOUNT AND COVERAGE

The demand on this limited budget is high, and the allotment per project averages the amount of Php 50,000.00 depending on the size and scale of the individual project; this should therefore be taken as a guide when filing an application.

The contribution of JFM is limited to the expenses actually paid in the following budgetary items during the period of grant:

  1. Traveling expenses (international travel expenses and domestic travel expenses) and accommodation expenses
  2. Fees for venue use and fees for loan of equipment
  3. Fees for translation, interpretation and honoraria for lecturers/facilitators
  4. Expenses for preparation of materials, reports, PR materials, etc.
  5. Freight transportation expenses (air freight/ sea freight)
  6. Other expenses deemed necessary by the Japan Foundation, Manila

IV. APPLICATION PROCEDURE AND DEADLINE

The applicant should complete and submit the duly accomplished application form together with a detailed budget plan and relevant supporting materials. The complete application forms must be submitted to JFM at least two months before the execution of the project. The applicant will be notified of the result within three weeks upon receipt of the application. When the grant approval is awarded, the amount of the grant will be paid in accordance with the Notice of Grant Approval and the Terms and Conditions of the Grant.

Application for the grant is open throughout the year, until the allocated budget for the current fiscal year has been utilized. (Budget allocation for the local grant will be renewed every April, based on the fiscal year of the Japan Foundation.)

V. TERMS AND CONDITIONS

  1. The project organizer is required to inform JFM immediately if there are any substantial changes in the previously submitted/ approved project plan.
  2. The project organizer must submit a Final Report (narrative and financial) together with all relevant materials (e.g. official receipts, press coverage and reviews, etc.) within one month upon completion of the project.
  3. The JFM retains the right to withdraw its grant or demand the return of the entire financial assistance in the event that the proponent/ organizer fails to execute the project or to comply with the terms and conditions set and as mutually agreed on.
  4. The support/ assistance of the Japan Foundation must be credited appropriately in all publicity and printed materials related to the project.

VI. APPLICATION FORM AND SUBMISSION

Please download the Application Form.

Applications will be accepted by mail or e-mail. However, original signed copy of the proposal should be submitted directly to the Japan Foundation, Manila.

The Japan Foundation Headquarter Grant Programs

The Japan Foundation, Manila accepts applications for the Japan Foundation Headquarter Grant Programs. The full arrays of the applicable programs are outlined in the Japan Foundation Program Guidelines for Fiscal Year 2017 (April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018).

Download Program Guidelines here.

No.ProgramEligible ApplicantOverviewDeadline
Arts and Culture Exchange
1Exhibition Aboard Support ProgramOrganizationThe program is designed to support museums and art institutions overseas that organize exhibitions introducing Japanese art and culture to audiences overseasDecember 1, 2016
2Support Program for Translation and Publication on JapanOrganizationThe program is designed to provide financial assistance for foreign publishers to translate and/or publish Japan-related booksNovember 21, 2016
Japanese Studies and Intellectual Exchange
3Japanese Studies Fellowship ProgramIndividualThe program provides preeminent foreign scholars and researchers in the field of Japanese Studies with opportunities to conduct research in Japan, with the aim of supporting them and promoting Japanese Studies overseasDecember 1, 2016
4Grant Program for Japanese Studies ProjectsOrganizationThis program is designed to promote Japanese Studies overseas by providing grants toward various Japanese Studies projects implemented by overseas organizationsDecember 1, 2016
Strengthening Cultural Exchange in Asia
5Grant Program for Promotion of Cultural CollaborationOrganizationThe program provides grants to partially cover expenses incurred by specialists/specialist organizations in the fields of arts and culture, sports, or intellectual exchange in Asia which aims to conduct collaborative projects such as co-productions, joint researches, and projects to disseminate the results of these collaborative projects. The goal of the grant is to foster an awareness of empathy and coexistence among the people of Asia, including Japan, through collaboration1st round: December 1, 2016
2nd round: June 1, 2017
6The Asia Center Fellowship ProgramIndividualThe program provides fellowship opportunities for specialists in Asia who are involved in activities such as conducting research, creative work, and building networks and platforms across a wide range of fields including arts and culture, sports, and intellectual exchange1st round: December 1, 2016
2nd round: June 1, 2017
Japanese Language Education
7Graduate Program in Japanese Language and Culture (Master’s Course)IndividualThe program is designed to provide teachers of the Japanese language working abroad and government officials who have experience in teaching the Japanese language abroad and are expected to be leaders of the academic world of Japanese language education in their own countries, with an opportunity to obtain a Master's degree in Japanese language educationDecember 1, 2016
8Long-Term Training Program for Foreign Teachers of the Japanese-LanguageOrganizationThe program is designed to provide foreign teachers of the Japanese language early in their career (at least six months) with an opportunity to improve their Japanese language skills and teaching methodology and to deepen their knowledge of JapanDecember 1, 2016
9Short-Term Training Program for Foreign Teachers of the Japanese-LanguageOrganizationThe program is designed to provide foreign teachers of the Japanese language, who have at least two years of experience in teaching the Japanese language, with an opportunity to improve their Japanese language skills and teaching methodology and to deepen their knowledge of JapanDecember 1, 2016
10Advanced Training Program for Teachers of the Japanese-LanguageOrganizationThe program is designed for overseas educational organizations whose teacher/s require more advanced expertise and skills as teachers of Japanese-language; have specific challenges they wish to address; and have issues they wish to resolve in the teaching of Japanese-languageDecember 1, 2016
11Program for Specialists in Cultural and Academic FieldsIndividualThe program is designed to provide specialists (researchers, postgraduate students, librarians, museum curators, etc.) with at least Level N4 Language Proficiency who need a good command of the Japanese language to conduct field work and research through an intensive residential training course on the Japanese languageDecember 1, 2016