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International Grant Program for Fiscal 2014

Asian Neighbors Program “Cultivating empathy through learning from our neighbors: Common issues in Japan and other Asian countries”


This is the second year of our pilot program, which supports projects whose focus are on reviewing current challenges and issues shared among Japan and other Asian countries, and proposing policy recommendations. The primary focus of the program is on selected countries in Southeast Asia and Japan.

The program pays special attention on drawing lessons from existing practices made by local communities, especially in terms of following points: i) how local communities address the challenges and find solutions; ii) the role of various stakeholders in those processes; and iii) policy frameworks and social settings to support such efforts.

Through this program, we try to build a new form of partnership among Japan and other Asian countries, based on empathy shared among peers who face common challenges, instead of conventional ones such as donor / recipient relationships.

Grant Framework

Target Countries Indonesia, Japan , Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam
Thematic Areas a) Aging society; b) Multicultural society;
c) Renewable energy practices for sustainable community development
Project Duration One year (Nov 2014 – Oct 2015)
Expected output A review of a policy issue in one or more of targeted countries,
with a policy recommendation (encouraged to have a dissemination)
Potential Applicants A team or a network of members from various backgrounds, with a proven record of delivering results in one of the thematic areas (priority is given to habitants in those five countries)
Grant amount (maximum per project) a) Project focusing in one of the target countries: 3 million yen
b) Project focusing in more than two countries: 6 million yenmillion yen
Total amount of grants 60 million yen
Project Proposal Period Application period: From April 7th, 2014 to June 13th, 2014 5pm 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 meetings to be held in late September 2014, based on the deliberations of responsible Selection Committee consisting of external experts.

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