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This program is designed to support overseas museums and art institutions which organize exhibitions introducing Japanese art and culture to audiences overseas.


Overseas museums and art institutions (i.e., located outside of Japan)

  • Applications from individuals will not be accepted.
  • If the exhibition tours to more than one venue, the host institution should consolidate the grant requests and only one application should be submitted for the whole project. The Japan Foundation will not accept multiple applications for one project.
Eligible Projects Exhibitions which will open between April 1, 2024 and March 31, 2025; and that:
  • (1) Introduce Japanese art and culture, planned and executed by overseas museums or art institutions, and
  • staged in its country (excluding applications that consolidates projects which tours to more than one
  •  countries);
  • (2) Introduce Japanese artists and works in the context of international exhibitions such as biennials/triennials;
  • (3) Are created through artist-in-residence programs and promote the expansion of networks among artists, curators, and researchers in Japan and overseas, and have a clear concept and concrete plan for exhibitions.

Grant Coverage Part of the following expenses incurred and paid between April 1, 2024 and March 31, 2025:

  • (1) packing and shipping costs (excluding insurance costs);
  • (2) catalogue production costs;
  • (3) traveling costs for dispatched or invited artists, curators, and specialists (excluding costs travelling for preliminary research and development)

Please note that this program does not cover production cost of art works, installation cost and artists' fee. 
Number of Grants for FY 2021: 38 out of 61 applications

Selection Policy

(1) Screening will be made in line with the following criteria and decisions will be made after consulting with
 outside specialists:

  • a. Necessity of grant from the Japan Foundation;
  • b. Contents of the exhibition;
  • c. Adequacy of project plan/Organization for its implementation.

(2) The following projects may be given relatively higher evaluation:

  • a. Exhibitions projects with strong curatorial values that have not yet been staged in the applicants' countries;
  • b. Projects that relate to commemorative cultural events (see p. 9).

(3) The following projects shall be given lower priority:

  • a. Projects applied by museums or organizations that have recently received financial support from the Japan Foundation;
  • b. Traveling exhibitions that have previously received grants from the Japan Foundation;
  • c. Exhibitions projects that are primarily part of friendship and goodwill activities between sister cities, schools or institutions;
  • d. Exhibitions projects composed mainly of art works of public subscription;
  • e. Exhibitions projects given by hobby groups or associations of such.

Application Deadline

  • November 30, 2023 (Thursday) 13:00 JSP


Notification of Results

April 2024


More information:

Guidelines (EN)

Guidelines (JA)

Application documents (EN only)

More information (EN)

More information (JA)