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International Grant Program 2017

Cultivating Empathy Through Learning from Our Neighbors: Practitioners' Exchange on Common Issues in Asia


The 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.

Grant Framework

Please read through the Guidelines for details.

Target Countries East and Southeast Asia *1
Thematic Areas A. Multigenerational and Multicultural Inclusion in Communities
B. Creating New Culture: Toward a Common Platform for Asia
C. Open Field
Project Period One year (Nov 2017 – Oct 2018) or Two years (Nov 2017 – Oct 2019)
Expected Output Projects are required to;
1) identify issues and conduct a review by surveying and analyzing the situation in target countries;
2) carry out activities aimed at providing solutions to issues;
3) produce and disseminate tangible output; and
4) submit the “Record of Change.”
Potential Applicants Diverse team based in multiple target countries. Team members could include those with practical experience and knowledge on addressing issues in the target countries, such as practitioners, researchers, creators, policy makers, and journalists and other media representatives.
Grant Amount (maximum per project) a) One-year project: JPY 5,000,000 (approx. USD 44,500);
b) Two-year project: JPY 10,000,000 (approx. USD 89,000)
Total Amount of Grants 100 million yen
Public Notification Period From March 24th to June 20th, 2017, 23:59 Japan Standard Time
Proposal Submission Period From April 4th to June 20th, 2017, 23:59 Japan Standard Time
Applications Web-based application via Foundation website only
Selection of Grants Formal decisions on the awarding of grants will be made by the Toyota Foundation Board of Directors at a meeting to be held in late September 2017, based on the deliberations of responsible Selection Committee consisting of external experts.

*1 East Asia: China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, South Korea, Mongolia, Japan
   Southeast Asia: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines,
   Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Vietnam

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Program Guidelines and Application Form


Application forms will be available on April 4, 2017.

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