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:
- JFM Local Grant Program: Introducing and deepening understanding of Japan in the Philippines
- Asia Center Local Grant Program: Promoting Cultural Collaboration in Asia
- 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
- The applicant must be non-profit oriented and located in the Philippines.
- The applicant must have the capability required to execute his/her project in accordance with the plan.
- The applicant will not violate any law or regulation of the applicant’s country by receiving a grant from the Japan Foundation.
- 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.
- The applicant must not have any difficulty in preparing all the documents to be submitted and in communicating with JFM in English or Japanese.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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:
- Traveling expenses (international travel expenses and domestic travel expenses) and accommodation expenses
- Fees for venue use and fees for loan of equipment
- Fees for translation, interpretation and honoraria for lecturers/facilitators
- Expenses for preparation of materials, reports, PR materials, etc.
- Freight transportation expenses (air freight/ sea freight)
- 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
- The project organizer is required to inform JFM immediately if there are any substantial changes in the previously submitted/ approved project plan.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 JFM Local Grant 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.