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Pre-College Education Grant

Grants to USA and Japan Nonprofits for
Cooperative and Collaborative K-12 Education

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Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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United States-Japan Foundation (USJF)

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Deadline Date:

01/31/19 Receipt


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Grants to USA and Japan nonprofit organizations for educational projects that enable K-12 youth to learn about each other’s culture, country, and society, and to come together on common issues. LOIs are due by July 15, 2018. Funding is intended to meet needs at the pre-college education level, as identified by experts in US-Japan education and practitioners in the field.

The Foundation is open to diverse methodologies for engaging teachers and students in the study of Japan and the United States that range from history, art, and music to science and society. The Foundation also proactively leads efforts to develop educational programs and projects when a significant need is discerned.

USJF seeks to support programs that:

-Build human networks among teachers on both sides of the Pacific with a mutual interest in teaching and learning about Japan, the US, and US-Japan relations, particularly in the fields of social studies, science, and Japanese language instruction (support for language instruction is currently limited to Japanese-language programs in the United States)

-Invest in programs in regions in both countries that have been underserved in terms of exposure to and resources for learning about the other country

-Take advantage of new technology to bring Japanese and American teachers and students together

-Enlist the expertise residing at institutions of higher learning and other NGOs in support of US-Japan studies programs at the elementary, middle and high school levels in both countries

-Present the products of research and policy studies and media programs on US-Japan issues to an audience of pre-college students and their teachers, with the aim of fostering mutual learning and understanding among the young people who will be the future leaders in both countries, forced to come to terms with making policy and responding to the changing nature of the US-Japan relationship

-Enhance, expand and preserve the study of the Japanese language at the pre-college level in the United States through teacher professional development opportunities, national standards, and performance assessments

-Develop curricula and other products focused on Japan and/or the United States that area immediately relevant to and useful in meeting the demands faced by teachers at the pre-college level

-Continue to support and enhance the US-Japan knowledge of the vast network of teachers and students who have been exposed to US-Japan studies over the years through USJF-sponsored programs

Proposed projects should seek to incorporate one or more of these elements in a way that is particularly suited to the need(s) in pre-college education they seek to address. That said, the above guidelines should not be seen as a deterrent to innovative new proposals and concepts. Applicants are encouraged to contact the staff of the Foundation early on in the proposal development process for feedback and guidance.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 150593

Term of Contract:

The Foundation only makes grants on an annual basis. Proposals can indicate an interest in multi-year funding, but should focus on one year at a time. Approved projects that initially indicated an interest in multi-year support would need to submit renewal proposals for future support.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Foundation only funds nonprofit organizations legally incorporated in the United States and/or Japan. The Foundation does not consider or respond to inquiries made from entities outside of these countries.

Pre-Application Information:

The Foundation welcomes Letters of Inquiry anytime during the year, but not later than December 15 for the Spring Grant Cycle and July 15 for the Fall Grant Cycle. The Foundation cannot guarantee that Letters of Inquiry received after these dates will be considered for the current grant cycle. Letters of Inquiry will be reviewed and decisions to invite a Full Proposal will be sent as soon as possible.

Full Proposals must be received by January 31 for the Spring Cycle and August 31 for the Fall Cycle. The USJF Board meets in April and October when funding decisions are made. Funding decisions are announced shortly after these meetings.

April Funding Cycle:
-By December 15: Suggested submission date for Letters of Inquiry.
-December 15 - January 15: Letters of Inquiry will be reviewed and responses sent as soon as possible.
-January 31: Deadline for receipt of Full Proposal (only invited Full Proposals will be considered)
-February/March: Internal / External review of Full Proposals
-April: USJF Board of Trustees meet to review Full Proposals, make funding decisions
-May: Funding decisions announced

October Funding Cycle:
-By July 15: Suggested submission date for Letters of Inquiry.
-July 15 - July 31: Letters of Inquiry will be reviewed and responses sent as soon as possible.
-August 31: Deadline for receipt of Full Proposal (only invited full proposals will be considered)
-September: Internal/External review of Full Proposals
-October: USJF Board of Trustees meet to review Full Proposals, make funding decisions
-November: Funding decisions announced

Application Process:

Proposal Guidelines:


A look at the Foundation’s recent grant activity will help potential applicants understand the diversity of projects supported under this program:

Contact Information:

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

David Janes, Director of Foundation Grants
(212) 481-8757

The United States-Japan Foundation
145 East 32nd Street, 12th Floor
New York, NY 10016

(212) 481-8753

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