International Grant Program
International Grant Program 2019
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.
Please read through the Guidlines for details.
|Target Countries||East and Southeast Asia *1|
|Required elements for Project||Transnational, Cross Sector, Mutual Learning, Foresight|
|Thematic Areas||A. Multicultural Inclusion in Communities
B. Open Field
|Project Period||One year (Nov 2019 – Oct 2020) or Two years (Nov 2019 – Oct 2021)|
|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
|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||70 million yen|
|Public Notification Period||From April 15 to June 8, 2019, 23:59 Japan Standard Time|
|Proposal Submission Period||From April 15 to June 8, 2019, 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 2019, based on the deliberations of responsible Selection Committee consisting of external experts.|
*1 East Asia: Japan, China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, South Korea, Mongolia
Southeast Asia: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines,
Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Vietnam
Please also see FAQs.
Program Guidelines and Application Form
Briefing sessions in Tokyo (not compulsory)
April 26, 2019 from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM *The event has ended.
May 9, 2019 from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM *The event has ended.
Each session will be held with the same contents in Japanese.
Applicants can consult with the program officers of the Toyota Foundation in advance of applying.
Please refer to the program guidlines for the details.
The Toyota Foundation held a series of dialogue sessions inviting some former and present grantees.
In Baguio (the Philippines) , Bangkok (Thailand) , and Sendai (Japan), the participants shared their views on the International Grant Program and their experience of their granted project.
The Foundation would like to call the attention of potential applicants to the following booklet as it is full of lessons learned. It is strongly recommended to read.
WHAT BRINGS US BEYOND UNDERSTANDING TO EMPATHY ?(3100KB)
International Grant Program evaluation report
The Toyota Foundation established the Evaluation Committee composed of four experts in May 2018 to evaluate the International Grant Program. The Evaluation Committee members and program officers of the International Grant Program team interviewed project representatives and members. 31 of the total 63 projects supported between fiscal 2014 and fiscal 2017 were selected with consideration given to thematic and regional balance.
This final report by the committee provides you some specific ideas about the aim and the targets of the International Grant Program. We would be glad if the potential grantees go through this report before they submit their proposals.
International Grant Program evaluation report(341KB)
Comments by Selection Committee Chair
|TYTID||Project Title||Project Leader||Position, Organization||Grant Amount (yen）|
|A. Multigenerational and Multicultural Inclusion in Communities|
|D18-N-0119||Understanding "Us" to know "Them": Employing Facilitative Listening Design regionally to build empathy towards the Other through understanding those we can relate to||Suyheang Kry||Executive Director, Women Peace Makers||7,000,000|
|D18-N-0199||Redefining ‘community symbiotic society’ focusing on dementia||Jun Sasaki||CEO/Chairman, Yushoukai Medical Corporation||7,300,000|
|D18-N-0206||Locating Peace through harmonizing Religion, Gender, and Age: The Cases of Thailand's Deep South and Indonesia's Aceh||Napisa Waitoolkiat||Director, College of ASEAN Community
Studies, Naresuan University
|B. Creating New Culture: Toward a Common Platform for Asia|
|D18-N-0192||Comprehensive Understanding of the ASEAN Urban Heritage and Practice of “Advance Preservation”||Kengo Hayashi||Lecturer, Institute of Industrial Science, The University of Tokyo||7,500,000|
|D18-N-0197||The ‘Ulam School’: A Food Education Transborders’ Network to Foster Solidarity and Edible Flora Preservation for Sustainable and Healthy Lifestyle among Neighboring Countries||Eric Jose Olmedo Panal||Principal Research Fellow, Institute of Ethnic Studies (KITA), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia||7,200,000|
|D18-N-0219||Building of New Values Living in Rural Area in Asia:Practitioners' Exchange from Myanmar, Japan and Bhutan||Ryota Sakamoto||Associate professor, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University||7,000,000|
|C. Open Field|
|D18-N-0089||Cross-cultural communication for the inclusive society by the leaders of Person with Disability in Asia||Toshiyuki Uwano||Fellow researcher, The Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology||7,500,000|
|D18-N-0183||Designing the future of unofficial urban villages in mega cities of Asia: Sharing the experience of Xizhou Tribe at the Kampung Aquarium reconstruction||Kiyoko Kanki||Professor, Faculty of Engineering, Dept. of Architecture and Architectural Engineering, Kyoto University||3,300,000|
|D18-N-0198||Marking tourism works for local communities: A mutual learning from Vietnam and Thailand||Pham Kieu Oanh||Executive Director, Centre for Social Initiatives Promotion||7,200,000|
|D18-N-0208||The Project for Creating Innovation Platform for Resource Management in Local and Indigenous Community of ASEAN||Byar Myar Gay||Policy Analyst, Ethnic Nationalities Affairs Center / Co-Chair of Global Board, ASEAN Green Justice Network||7,000,000|
|D18-N-0238||Building network among 3 Asian countries living in an era of media reform: Finding social issues and nurturing leaders for solutions||Kaito Miwa||CEO, Specially Approved Nonprofit Organization e-Education||4,500,000|