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Exhibitions Abroad Support Program

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Museums
and Art Institutions to Exhibit Japanese Art and Culture

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Japan Foundation Los Angeles (JFLA)

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Grants to USA, Canada, and International museums and art institutions located outside of Japan for costs related to exhibitions that introduce Japanese culture and art to audiences overseas. Funding is intended to deepen the understanding of Japanese art and culture. In addition, this program is designed to provide financial assistance for overseas international exhibitions, such a biennials/triennials introducing Japanese artists and their works.

Eligible projects are exhibitions that will:

- Introduce Japanese art and culture, planned and executed by foreign museums or art institutions abroad; or
- Introduce Japanese artists and works in the framework of international art exhibitions such as biennials and triennials; or
- Be 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.

The following projects will be given a higher evaluation:

- Exhibitions with strong curatorial values that have not yet been staged in the applicants’ countries;
- Exhibitions related to commemorative events of the Exchange year (see

The following projects will be given a lower priority:
- Projects organized by museums or institutions that have recently received financial support from the Japan Foundation;
- Traveling exhibitions that have previously received grants from the Japan Foundation;
- Exhibitions that are primarily part of friendship and goodwill activities among sister cities, schools, or specific institutions;
- Exhibitions composed mainly of artworks of public subscription;
- Exhibitions organized by hobby groups or associations of such.

Funding will cover part of the following expenses incurred:

- Packing and shipping costs (excluding insurance costs);
- Catalog production costs (including digital catalog costs; for international exhibitions, support for catalog production will be partial, based on the ratio of Japanese artists);
- Traveling costs for dispatched or invited artists, curators, and specialists (airfare, train fare, and accommodation fees; excluding costs due to traveling for preliminary research and development).

Points to be noted:
- The maximum amount of airfare shall be, in principle, the cost of round-trip, economy-class, discount tickets (discount economy airfare).
- Costs such as preliminary research and development will not be covered by the grant from the Japan Foundation.
- Installation and production costs and artists’fee will not be covered by the grant from the Japan Foundation.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 164763

Number of Grants:

For reference only, the number of applications/successful projects in the previous year was 31 out of 85 applications

Term of Contract:

The exhibition must open between April 1, 2019, and March 31, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must fulfill the following requirements:

- Overseas museums and art institutions (i.e., those located outside of Japan).
- Applicants must have the capabilities necessary for implementing the planned project(s).
- The receipt of grants or support from the Japan Foundation must not violate any laws, regulations, or ordinances.
- Applicants should have bank accounts in the name of the organization to which the grants by the Japan Foundation can be remitted, or should be able to open such accounts by the time the grants are remitted.

The Japan Foundation does not provide grants for:

- The State (Japanese national government organs), local governments, incorporated administrative
agencies, local incorporated administrative agencies (hereinafter referred to as "the State, etc.");
- Organizations and facilities belonging to the State, etc. such as educational or research institutes
established by the State, etc. (excluding organizations with their own legal personalities such as
incorporated associations or incorporated foundations, even if the State etc. are involved in their
- Foreign governments (including their administrative organs and their embassies and
consulates-generals, but excluding educational, research, or cultural institutes such as universities
and museums); and
- International organizations to which the Japanese government makes a financial contribution.

Points to be noted:

- Applications from individuals will not be accepted.
- For organizations that have continually received support from the same program for the past three fiscal years,
unless the Japan Foundation believes there is a compelling reason for them to continue receiving such support, the Foundation's policy is not to provide grants for the fourth fiscal year. This is a measure to avoid giving ongoing support to the same applicants and to distribute grants to as many applicants as possible. It is possible to apply for the same program for a fourth consecutive fiscal year, but please be aware that the Japan Foundation places a lower priority on such applications.
- As for Taiwan-based museums or art institutions considering application please contact Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association, Taipei Office, with which the Japan Foundation cooperates.
- The Japan Foundation and its overseas offices will not duplicate funding for the same project.

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants outside Japan are requested to submit applications to the local Japan Foundation office by December 3, 2018. When there is no Japan Foundation office in the applicant's country, the applicant should contact the nearest Embassy or Consulate-General of Japan. The Japan Foundation does not accept applications submitted through the Internet, by email, or by fax.

After the screening of applications, decisions will be announced in writing in April 2019. Successful applicants will be notified of the grant amount in the Notice of Grant Approval in April 2019.

Note: If the exhibition travels 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.

Please visit the following website to download the Application Forms:

Contact Information:

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

For submitting the application and general inquiries about this program, please contact the nearest Japan Foundation overseas offices.

The Japan Foundation Overseas Offices:

When there is no regional Japan Foundation office in the applicant’s country, please contact the nearest Japanese diplomatic mission.

Japanese Diplomatic Missions:

For further inquiries, please contact the following sections of the Japan Foundation Headquarters, according to geographic area:

The Japan Foundation (Headquarters)
Arts and Culture Department
International Operations Section Ⅰ (Asia, Oceania, and Americas)
Tel: +81-(0)3-5369-6061

International Operations Section Ⅱ (Europe, Middle East and Africa)
Tel: +81-(0)3-5369-6063

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon


International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.