The Toyota Foundation

Grant Applications FAQ

Please make sure to read the "Information for Applicants" and "FAQ" thoroughly before filling out the application form.

Contact Details

International Grants Group, The Toyota Foundation
Phone: +81 (0)3 3344 1701
Inquiry: asianneighbors@toyotafound.or.jp

International Grant Program

  • Q
    Can the grant be used toward activities in only one target country? Do projects need to cover more than one target country?
    A
    Each project must cover a minimum of two target countries. Single-country projects will not be considered.
  • Q
    There are activity groups in several districts within the same country. May I include each of these groups in the project?
    A
    Yes. You can include multiple districts within the same country as long as the project includes more than two target countries / regions specified in the program guidelines.
    Example: Japan (Tokyo, Osaka) and Thailand (Bangkok, Chiang Mai)
  • Q
    Can non-target countries be included in the project?
    A
    Yes they can, but only in addition to two or more target countries.
  • Q
    Is there a set format for presenting tangible output? Who are the targets of tangible output?
    A
    No, there is no set format. Program participants are expected to plan and carry out projects so as to optimize impact. This includes the creation and dissemination of tangible output. A variety of methods can be used to achieve this, including making policy proposals to government officials or other policy makers, staging photography exhibits or movie viewings in local communities, or disseminating information via social media.
  • Q
    Does the grant cover personnel costs?
    A
    Yes, it may cover personnel costs pertaining to the project, but only in cases where the institution is unable to shoulder such costs.
  • Q
    May I use my own funds and/or external funds in addition to the grant from the Toyota Foundation?
    A
    Yes. You can use your own funds and/or external funds. In view of the development and sustainability of the project, we recommend that you secure not only the fund from the Toyota Foundation, but also your own funds as well as other relevant institutions.
    For external funds, please specify in your proposal “11. Other funding sources".
  • Q
    Does the grant cover overhead and administrative expenses?
    A
    No, it will not cover any overhead and administrative expenses.
  • Q
    Is there a set period for the grant program?
    A
    Projects chosen to receive grants will begin in November 2020, and will run for one or two years, depending on the type of grant, with grant amounts differing accordingly.
    [Note] as of April 1st,2021
    This grant program will be affected by the spread of the COVID-19.
    In your application, be sure to set a generous schedule within the grant period (1 or 2 years from November 2021).
    If changes, such as the project schedule, are inevitable due to the pandemic, we will respond flexibly depending on the situation at the time of, or after adoption.
  • Q
    Does the grant program support charitable works, developmental projects, or scholarships?
    A
    No. The grant does not support these fields.
  • Q
    Does the grant support single-person projects?
    A
    No. The grant only supports multi-member projects.
  • Q
    Does the grant support the activities of a single institution?
    A
    Yes, but the institution must have project members who are based in each applicable target country. Grant applicants are expected to form a diverse team comprising experts from different fields and backgrounds. The team members can include local residents, NPOs, researchers, creators, journalists and other media representatives, and government officials in target countries. Projects are expected to give back to society by applying findings through a variety of methods.
  • Q
    Is a voluntary group eligible to apply?
    A
    Yes, but please note that the grant is directed to individuals, not groups/organizations. The nationality and affiliation of the applicant such as voluntary groups, NGOs, universities, and private companies, do not matter. The same applies to project members as well.
  • Q
    Do you accept multiple applications from one organization?
    A
    Yes, but please note the grant is directed to individuals, not groups/ organizations. If a person is considering multiple projects, it is recommended to have prior consultation before
    applying.
  • Q
    I want to apply for a one-year project. If the implementation period needs to be extended, can I apply for an additional project for the next year?
    A
    It is possible to extend the project period if necessary. If you plan a new project as the next step, please apply for the grant in the following year.
    Please note that the program is reviewed and revised every year and are subject to change
  • Q
    May I apply for both the International Grant Program and other grant programs of the Toyota Foundation at the same time?
    A
    Yes. However, it is not necessarily regarded as positive in the selection, considering the capacity in implementation. Prior consultation is advised.