Applications in Non-Maritime Fields


Last date of submission: Rolling grant (Throughout the year)

Funding Agency: The Nippon Foundation


Funding Areas


1. Improvement of Basic Human Needs

Initiatives to assist people throughout the world to meet their basic human needs, and to contribute to the improvement of human welfare through programs in such areas as healthcare, support of disabled persons and those who are socially vulnerable, agricultural development, population issues, community development, refugee aid, and disaster relief. Projects comprising novel ideas, approaches, and technology, as well as those that involve multilateral undertakings, such as south-south cooperation, will receive higher priority.


2. Human Resources Development

Initiatives to foster a new generation of professionals, scholars, and students with a strong potential for future leadership. We support training and educational programs designed and executed by non-profit organizations and institutions of higher education. Our intention is to promote the formulation of an international network of professional people with shared goals and concerns.


3. Promotion of International Collaborative Undertakings

Initiatives to foster cooperative approaches that meet the changing needs of the global community. We support cultural, social, and intellectual exchanges and Collaborative undertakings which contribute to the development of greater mutual understanding and cooperative mindset in order to bring about social changes.


Basic Considerations

Due weight will be given to proposals which contain at least one of the following:

·         Pragmatic and realistic approaches to issues and problems

·         Potential for future development and self-sustainability

·         Far-reaching social and regional impact

·         Pioneering significance; creating new visions and acting as catalyst for positive changes and

·         social transformations

·         A diversity of race, gender, ethnicity, social class, cultures and societies

Project Budget

Please make sure to attach a project budget to your application. Please note that we only accept applications in Japanese yen, US dollars, or Euro. The Nippon Foundation recommends that applicants follow the format outlined in the Project Budget Form.


Application Process and Selection Criteria:

Applicants for The Nippon Foundation's overseas grants must be non-profit organizations based outside of Japan. They can be local, regional or international NGOs/NPOs, and include educational and research institutions. The Foundation does not accept applications from, nor provide grants to, private individuals or for-profit organizations.


Applications must be submitted by mail; we do not accept applications by fax or e-mail. All materials should be typed in English and sent to: International Program Department, The Nippon Foundation

1-2-2 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-8404, Japan


If you are not sure whether or not your proposal fits within The Nippon Foundation's guidelines, please send us an inquiry letter with the completed application summary form to the above address.


When applying for The Nippon Foundation's Overseas Grants, please make sure that all information is typed, and send one set of the following DOCUMENTS : 1) A cover letter, 2) an application summary form, 3) a project budget, and 4) a project proposal to The Nippon Foundation's Overseas Grants.