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This program is designed to support artists and Japanese culture specialists who conduct such cultural events (e.g., performing arts, demonstrations, lectures and workshops) overseas with the aim of introducing Japanese arts and culture.

Code of the application form: Q-DACS


Applicants must be either:

  • (1) Groups or individuals in arts and cultural fields which are based in Japan and which have received invitations from overseas;
  • (2) Organizations and agencies that arrange and produce such projects as described above.

Eligible Projects Projects should commence on or after April 1, 2022 and must be either:

  • (1) performing arts (e.g., drama, music, dance, ethnic performing arts, etc.);
  • (2) lectures, workshops and demonstrations related to Japanese culture, including sports.

The following projects are not eligible:

  • exhibitions (see p. 08 of the Program Guidelines for "Exhibitions Abroad Support Program")
  • film screening
  • dispatching academics to educational institutions

Projects that are given grants from other governmental organizations, government-affiliated corporations, or independent administrative institutions of Japan cannot receive grants from the Japan Foundation.


Grant Coverage:

(1) International transportation costs: Part of the actual amount of the economy class airfare (or ship/train fare)

(2) Freight costs: Part of the actual amount of the airfreight /sea freight

Number of Grants for 1st Round of FY 2021

24 out of 59 applicants


Selection Policy:

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

  • Necessity of grant from the Japan Foundation;
  • Contents of project: past achievements, artistic quality and level, pioneering approach, future potential, sustainability and development of plan, feasibility and spillover effect, etc.;
  • System for program implementation: progress of preparations, reasonableness of budget estimates, reliability of the local host, and cost-benefit of performance, etc.

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

  • Projects touring more than one country and city efficiently;
  • Projects participating in important international festivals or commemorative cultural events
  • Projects promoting exchanges in countries and regions with few opportunities for cultural exchanges with Japan;
  • Projects including cooperation through cultural programs towards post-disaster/conflict restoration.

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

  • Projects of applicants who have received grants from the Japan Foundation in the same fiscal year;
  • Projects whose effect is restricted to exchanges between specific groups/individuals;
  • Projects focused on activities other than arts and cultural projects such as sightseeing or research activities;
  • Projects with an extremely low number of cultural events;
  • Projects with poorly balanced budget estimates, such as plans in which the local sponsor is responsible for very little of the costs and the applicant bears an extremely high proportion of the costs by itself.


Application Deadlines:

1st Round: December 1, 2021 (for projects which take place between April 1, 2022 and March 31, 2023)

2nd Round: June 1, 2022 (for projects which take place between October 1, 2022 and March 31, 2023)


Notification of Results:

1st Round: April 2022

2nd Round: September 2022


More information and Application Form can be downloaded from the following link: