Donor base: Japan
Application procedure: Full Proposal
Eligible applicants: Non-Profit Organisation, Social Business
Annual number of calls: Up to 20

Financial details

Donor size: Large - more than $5,000,000
Funding instruments: Grants, Loans
Annual funding volume: More than $20,000,000
Funding ratio: up to 100%


  • Agriculture & Rural Development
  • Climate Change
  • Disability
  • Economic Development
  • Education
  • Energy
  • Environment & Natural Resources
  • Food Security
  • Governance & Democracy
  • Health
  • Human Rights
  • Humanitarian Aid
  • Other
  • Research, Technology & Innovation
  • Social Inclusion
  • Water & Sanitation
  • Women & Gender

Project Locations

  1. Africa

      Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritania, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe

  2. America

      Belize, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Saint Lucia

  3. Asia

      Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, East Timor, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Palestine, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Yemen

  4. Europe

      Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia

  5. Pacific

      Fiji, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Vanuatu


1) About

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is the development agency of the Japanese government. It has two main aims: (1) inclusive development – this is an approach to development that encourages all people to recognize the development issues they themselves face, participate in addressing them, and enjoy the fruits of such endeavors; and (2) dynamic development – it refers to the creation of self-reinforcing virtuous cycles of mid- to long-term economic growth and poverty reduction in a constantly changing environment of developing countries where a variety of issues arise simultaneously and get entangled each other.

2) Thematic Interests

  • Economic development
  • Education
  • Governance
  • Peace building
  • Technology
  • Gender
  • Infrastructure development
  • Environment and natural resources
  • Rural development
  • Health

3) Focus Countries

JICA provides aid to selected developing countries and low income countries worldwide to ensure that development prevails in various regions.

4) Application Procedure

JICA has many different funding schemes but mainly focuses on direct assistance to governments such as Technical Cooperation Projects, Official Development Assistance Loans, Grant Aid, Citizen Participation, Public-Private Partnerships and Emergency Disaster Relief. It also has funding schemes for NGOs such as the Grant Assistance for Grassroot Projects (GGP). Funding ranges around $80,000 and is mainly for infrastructure development, school construction or training center buildings. They usually have two deadlines a year. It is recommended for NGOs to visit the websites of the Japanese embassies in the respective countries of operation which are likely to contain details on available funding for NGOs and how to apply for it. Interested organisations can also get in touch directly with the local JICA offices.

5) Contact

Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
1-6th floor, Nibancho Center Building,
5-25 Niban-cho, Chiyoda-ku
Tokyo 102-8012

T: +81 3 5226 6660/6661/6662/6663
E: please use the online form

They also have various offices across the world.

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