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CGP Grant Program - Grassroots Program

Grants to USA Nonprofits for Outreach and Networking
to Promote Exchange Between the USA and Japan

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CGP - The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership

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Grants of up to $50,000 per year to USA nonprofit organizations for outreach and networking initiatives to promote exchange between the United States and Japan. Proposal categories include policy-oriented projects exploring contemporary global issues, projects that promote a deeper understanding of Japan on a local level, and network and capacity building to support U.S.-Japan exchange and outreach.

CGP is dedicated to both strengthening the global U.S.-Japan partnership and cultivating the next generation of public intellectuals and leaders necessary to sustain this partnership. To this end, CGP activities include the following:

  1. Building Global Partnerships
  2. Cultivation of Individuals in the U.S. and Japan to Sustain Global Partnerships
  3. Expanding and Deepening the Understanding of Japan in the U.S.

For more information about the above categories, see the following link:

The CGP grant program provides funding for projects in the following two categories:

Intellectual Exchange: Policy-Oriented Projects

CGP supports a wide range of policy-oriented projects jointly conducted by U.S. and Japanese institutions including universities, think tanks, and non-profit organizations. These policy-oriented projects explore contemporary issues of global concern and issues common to the U.S. and Japan, which involve cooperation among academics, practitioners, civil servants, and civil society organizations. Successful projects have domestic and international policy impact.

For more information on this category, see the following link:

Grassroots Program: Education and Network-Strengthening:

CGP supports projects aimed to promote the understanding of Japan at the local level and to foster networks and capacity building to support U.S.-Japan exchange and outreach.

For more information on this category, see the following link:

The grant amount will be decided based upon scale and necessity for each project. CGP grant funds can be applied to the following project costs directly related to the proposed project:

  • Personnel & Honoraria (salary and honoraria)
  • Travel (international and domestic transportation costs) * CGP can only support up to the equivalent of an economy class airline ticket
  • Per Diem (hotels and meals)
  • Conference Costs (room rental, interpretation fees, etc.)
  • Report & Publication Costs (editing, translating, printing costs, etc.)

Rent and other administrative costs are not to be included as direct costs; CGP considers these costs to be included within the category of indirect costs. CGP will support indirect costs totaling no more than ten percent (10%) of the actual direct costs CGP supports. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 163372

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants will be capped at $50,000 per grant year, for a maximum of two years.

Term of Contract:

Projects must begin between April 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021.

CGP will not support projects with grant durations of more than two years. Projects centered on annual or ongoing events are given low priority.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Proposals are accepted by CGP New York from U.S. non-profit organizations with 501(c)(3) status under
the Internal Revenue Code.

CGP will not consider proposals for the following:
-Commercial activities;
-Political activities, election campaigns, or religious activities;
-Activities in support of specific doctrines or claims;
-Medical, technical, or scientific projects that do not focus on policy issues; Development of university courses or creation of university chairs; Dissertation research1;
-Organization of or participation in sporting events;
-Creation or support of scholarships or fellowships;
-Language education programs2;
-Social welfare or international development direct service projects;
-Arts exchanges;
-Goodwill exchanges;
-Tourist-oriented programs.

CGP will not consider the following items:
-Capital fund and endowment drives, debt reduction, public relations campaigns, advertising, or the creation or support of awards or grants;
-Operating costs unrelated to the project being supported;
-Design, construction, or maintenance of buildings or monuments;
-Procurement of equipment or purchase of land.

CGP may not be able to cover expenses for government officials while their inclusion is welcomed in projects. Please consult CGP in advance.

Pre-Application Information:

A minimum of 20% of the total project budget each year must be secured from non-CGP sources such as the applying institution, the collaborating institution, or other foundation.

For the proposals, one (1) original copy of the signed proposal and four (4) copies must be received by the CGP New York Office by December 2, 2019, 6:00 PM (EST).

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit applications to:

Attn: Grassroots Exchange and Education Program
Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership
1700 Broadway 15th Fl
New York , NY 10019

New York:

The Japan Foundation, New York
1700 Broadway, 15th Floor
New York, NY 10019

P: (212) 489-0299
F: (212) 489-0409

Los Angeles:

The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles
5700 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 100
Los Angeles, CA 90036

P: (323) 761-7510
F: (323) 761-7517

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