Japan-United States Friendship Commission: Grants for Visual Arts

OVIERVIEW: This funder is an independent federal government agency that supports projects that highlight the cultural, educational, and intellectual exchange between the United States and Japan.

IP TAKE: The commission makes grants across all artistic disciplines as well as grants in the social sciences. Arts grant seekers proposing projects that are educational as well as cultural will likely have more success.

PROFILE: Established in 1975, the Japan-US Friendship Commission was created to strengthen the cultural, educational, and intellectual relationship between the United States and Japan. It seeks to “support reciprocal people-to-people understanding, and promote partnerships that advance common interests between Japan and the United States.” It makes grants to both individuals and organizations.

The commission’s Creative Artists Fellowships support individual artists with a residency in Japan and is funded in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. View application instructions here and FAQs here. Find here a list of past grantees organized by year.

Institutional Grants support academic and nonprofit organizations to “conceptualize and execute U.S.-Japan training, research and exchange programs.” Its grantmaking covers four areas: arts & culture, education & public affairs, exchanges & scholarship, and global challenges. The annual proposal deadline is July 1, 5:00 p.m. EDT. In past years, grants ranged between $10,000 to $60,000. Find application instructions here and FAQS here. Find past grantees here.


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