Nippon Foundation Grants Eligibility

Nippon Foundation Grants
Applicant Eligibility: Applicants for The Nippon Foundation Grants (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.

Proposal Eligibility: The Nippon Foundation’s overseas grants support non-profitable and institutional initiatives. Any program that is already in its operational phase is not eligible for grant consideration. In addition, The Foundation does not accept proposals of the following nature:


  • Lower priority is given to projects for which the following features or goals are the main objectives, and not an integral part of a broader program:
  • Activities of a religious or political nature
  • Debt repayment
  • Financial assistance to individuals, such as through direct scholarships
  • Fundraising for general purposes
  • Construction or physical infrastructure development
  • Acquisition of real estate
  • Asset building
  • General managerial/overhead costs
  • Publications, films, TV or radio programs
  • Basic research
  • In-house training

Eligibility is not contingent on the amount requested. The Foundation generally accepts multiple-year project proposals spanning a period of less than five years, but they must undergo screening every year. In principle, indirect costs should not exceed 10% of direct costs. Resubmission of previously rejected proposals cannot be accepted.

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