Since its founding in 1989, the Toshiba International Foundation (TIFO) strives to contribute to an enhanced international understanding of Japan by promoting cultural exchanges, including the organisation and sponsorship of symposia and seminars. They run the following four grant programs: (1) symposia and seminars (supporting these events across the globe to promote international understanding of Japan); (2) cultural programs (supporting exhibitions of Japanese arts and culture held at museums and galleries outside Japan); (3) research and related activities (supporting research on themes related to Japan to promote education on Japan and Japanese language); and (4) human resource development (supporting projects that contribute to deepen international understanding of Japan and to strengthen the relation between Japan and other countries). Projects, or a discrete part of a continuing project, should be completed within one fiscal year (April 1st of one year to March 31st of the following year), with the proviso that funding for discrete parts of a continuing project will be eligible for funding for a maximum of three consecutive years.
Eligible for funding are non-profit organisations capable of performing the proposed project that has or will have a bank account in its officially registered name into which to receive the grant
Priority is given to projects outside Japan.
No standard funding amount is set. The amount of assistance is decided based on the details of the project and the project budget plan.
The application form can be downloaded from the Foundation’s website (in Japanese and English). All applications are reviewed by an independent selection committee that makes recommendations to the Board of Directors. The application deadline is November 30th, 2019.