Program Title: 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.
Comments by Selection Committee Chair
||Grant Amount (yen）
|A. Multigenerational and Multicultural Inclusion in Communities
||Combined Solution for Dementia Care via Nursing and Medical Treatment, along with a Creative Plan for Building an Elderly-Oriented Society
||Representative, Japan-China Welfare Planning
||The Decent Work Promotion Project for Immigrant Youth Empowerment in Japan and South Korea
||President, Kobe Foreigners Friendship Center
||Holistic and Comprehensive Strategy for the Asian Ageing Society from the Perspective of "Active Ageing": Implication from the Experiences in Japan, Taiwan and Thailand
||Department Director, National Institute of Public Health, Japan
||Attitudes Towards Language Choice and Ethnicity: Multigenerational Divergence and Rapprochement
||Associate Professor, University Kebangsaan Malaysia
||Strengthening Social Engagement in Elderly Care in Changing Economic and Family Structure in Asia: Policy and Practical Dialogues Between Local Communities in Vietnam and Japan
||Tran Thi Minh Thi
||Deputy Director, Institute for Family and Gender Studies, Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences
||Recognizing and Promoting the Value of Former Generations' Domestic and Community Contribution to Nutrition, Health and Family Balance in Disadvantaged Urban Areas
||Program-Specific Assistant Professor, Kyoto University
|B. Creating New Culture: Toward a Common Platform for Asia
||Design and Art Exhibition Consortium of a New Style in Asia Using the Various Cultural Climates of Country and Landscape
||Associate Professor, Showa Womens University
||Creation of Sustainable Development Model of the Village Through the Use of Housing and Dwelling Culture
||Professor, Department of Architecture and Building Engineering, School of Engineering, Shibaura Institute of Technology
||The Improvement of Literacy Towards the Conservation of Urban Heritage in the ASEAN 5 Countries
||Professor, The Institute of Industrial Science, The University of Tokyo
||Practice of Co-Learning for Community Based Tourism in Sambor Prei Kuk, Cambodia and in Najyo Okinawa Through an Online Experience Sharing and a Social Platform
||Founder, Napura-works.Co., Ltd.
||Creating a New Environment of Raising Children Through the Creativity of Art
||Director, Koganecho Area Management Center
||Bamboo Workshop Manual Making Towards Redefining the Value of Traditional Lifestyle in Rural Japan and the Philippines
|C. Open Field
||Collaboration among Stakeholders for Adjustment of Forest Policies to International Framework to Reduce CO2 Emission
||Professor, Department of Global Agricultural Sciences, Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, The University of Tokyo
||Promoting Employment of People with Disabilities in Japan and Indonesia: Building an Inclusive and Sustainable Society
||Co-Founder and Vice President, CROSS FIELDS
||Joint Research on the Situation and Support for Offender's Families in Asia: Focus on Japan, Korea and Taiwan
||President, NPO World Open Heart
||Diversity and Commonalities of Birth from Women's Voice Sharing
||Professor, Niigata University
||Project for Fostering Youth Farmers' Leaders Toward the Practice of 'Natural Circularity Agriculture' in the Cash Crop Cultivating Areas
||Assistant Professor, Toyo University／Director, NPO APLA
||Empowering Intercultural Youth from Creative Approach
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||East and Southeast Asia *1
||A. Multigenerational and Multicultural Inclusion in Communities
B. Creating New Culture: Toward a Common Platform for Asia
C. Open Field
||One year (Nov 2016 – Oct 2017) or Two years (Nov 2016 – Oct 2018)
||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 addressing issues;
3) produce and disseminate tangible output, such as policy proposals, guidelines, photo and video works, and reports; and
4) submit the “Record of Change.”
||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
|Project Proposal Period
||From April 11th to June 10th, 2016 3pm Japan Standard Time
||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 2016, 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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Application closed on June 10, 2016.