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International Grant Program

International grant program focuses on deepening mutual understanding and knowledge-sharing among people on the ground in East and Southeast Asia who are finding solutions to shared issues. Through promoting direct interaction among key players, the grant program aims to survey and analyze situations in target countries, obtain new perspectives, and expand the potential of future generations.

With multinational teams comprised of participants from diverse backgrounds, projects can avoid conventional linear relationships, such as “supporter and supported” or “instructor and trainee,” and instead form cooperative and creative alliances that consider, act on, and construct solutions to shared issues. The grant program anticipates that these partnerships, which extend beyond such factors as nationality, age, and organizational affiliation, will produce significant social change through fostering a process of mutual learning.

Research Grant Program

"Exploring New Values for Society"

Research Grant Program 2015, titled "Exploring New Values for Society", provides two grant frameworks respectively for joint research projects and individual research projects that can be expected to lead to "creation of new values for society". For both frameworks, we solicit ambitious projects that are founded on creative concepts that reflect a youthful perspective and whose results can help change people's ways of thinking - regardless of their country or region of origin or their social position and circumstances - and can lead to actions that bring about solutions to the issues faced.

Grant Program for Community Activities in Japan

This program is limited to activities in Japan. Application form ready for use is only in Japanese-Nihongo-.

In keeping with our theme “Connecting People, Activating Localities: Toward Vibrant Communities", we are supporting ambitious approaches that, while firmly grounded in the community character, breed independent initiative, forge mutual ties, and help to resolve local issues. This fiscal year, we have instated a special program exclusively for areas and people victimized by the Great East Japan Earthquake. Its thrust is support for activities aimed at the rebuilding of lives as well as the revival and reconstruction of local communities.

Communication with Society Program (Not open to the general public.)

This Foundation-driven program, which provides funding only to past grant recipients, is aimed at promoting the results of past projects funded by Toyota Foundation grants.

Grants for projects are decided at Board of Directors meetings on the basis of deliberations by the selection committee, following the screening of project proposals at the Foundation, which involves selecting the candidates through discussions between past grant recipients and the Toyota Foundation.

Initiative Program (Not open to the general public.)

Under this program, the Toyota Foundation makes grants for the following kinds of projects. And it identifies applicants AT ITS OWN DISCRETION.
-- Projects ought to be supported by foundations in a concerted manner
-- Projects that cannot be supported by public money yet worthy of private foundation’s grants
-- Projects connected with the Toyota Foundation’s own research and study
-- Projects emanated from the unsolicited ones under its other grant programs. These projects are selected by the Toyota Foundation’s own monitoring process with a view to greater outcome.

Grants for projects are decided at Board of Directors meetings on the basis of deliberations by the selection committee.

As a three-year project starting in April 1, 2014, we have already decided to support SEASREP(Southeast Asian Studies Regional Exchange Program) Foundation’s activities from 2014 to 2016 (D13-PI-006).  For details on SEASREP, please click here to make a link to the Website of SEASREP Foundation.

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