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International Grant Program 2021

※The application closed on June 5, 2021. Thank you for your interest.

This grant program will be greatly 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.

The program officers are working remotely. 
If you have any inquiries, please contact us by email ( asianneighbors@toyotafound.or.jp ).

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

Program Objectives

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 Guidlines for details.

East and Southeast Asia *1
elements for
Transnational, Cross Sector, Mutual Learning, Foresight
Project Period Two-Year Grant (Nov 2021 – Oct 2023)
One-Year Grant (Nov 2021 – Oct 2022)
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
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) Two-Year Grant: JPY 10,000,000
One-Year Grant: JPY 3,000,000
Total Amount
of Grants
70 million yen
Proposal Submission Period From April 1 to June 5, 2021, 23:59 Japan Standard Time
Applications Web-based application via Foundation website only
Selection of
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 2021, 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

※The application closed on June 5, 2021. Thank you for your interest.

Online briefing sessions in Tokyo (not compulsory)

April 9, 2021 from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM (JST) Application closed
April 13, 2021 from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM (JST) Application closed
Please check the main questions and answers at the briefing session here. 

Aside from the briefing session, applicants can consult with the program officers of the Toyota Foundation in advance of applying via email.
Please refer to the program guidelines for the details and read the FAQ.

Two-Year Grant

Program Guidelines
Application Form (Sample)PDFファイル
*The Word version of blank application form is only available after Entry.

One-Year Grant

Program Guidelines
Application Form (Sample)PDFファイル
*The Word version of blank application form is only available after Entry.

Recommended Movies

Online Luncheon Seminar: "Learning from Each Other in the Age of COVID-19: Human Mobility and the Future of Multicultural Society"

The Toyota Foundation held a series of online seminars, "Learning from Each Other in the Age of COVID-19: Human Mobility and the Future of Multicultural Society”このリンクは別ウィンドウで開きます

Recommended Documents

Event report "The Ways to Have a Better Dialogue for Empathy: Mutual Learning and Exchanges"

This booklet introduces the content of the joint symposium between the University of Tokyo Program for Leading Graduate Schools Integrated Human Sciences Program for Cultural Diversity (IHS) and the Toyota Foundation, which was held on February 7 and 8, 2020.
In this symposium, the grantees of the Toyota Foundation and the researchers and students in IHS have gathered and discussed various methods and experiences in project management as well as raising public interest in social issues, focusing on dialogues with society.

The Ways to Have a Better Dialogue for Empathy: Mutual Learning and ExchangesPDFファイル(2331KB)

The Toyota Foundation held a series of dialogue sessions inviting some former and present grantees.

In Baguio (the Philippines)このリンクは別ウィンドウで開きますBangkok (Thailand)このリンクは別ウィンドウで開きます , and Sendai (Japan)このリンクは別ウィンドウで開きます, 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.


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 reportPDFファイル(341KB)

Comments by Selection Committee Chair

Comments by the Selection Committee Chair on the International Grant Program 2020このリンクは別ウィンドウで開きます

Grant List

TYTID Project Title Project Leader Position, Organization Grant Amount (yen)
D20-N-0017 Visual Ethnography of International Students’ Migration to Japan—Deepening a Mutual Understanding and Cultivating Empathy Towards a Creation of an Inclusive Society Dipesh Kharel Researcher/Filmmaker, The University of Tokyo 8,500,000
D20-N-0036 Sustainable Cross-Border Community Development and Management in the East-West Economic Corridor in the time of COVID-19 Yuko Shirai Research Fellow, Research Institute for Humanity and Nature 9,000,000
D20-N-0070 Building a support system for migrant health among urban communities during a pandemic through mutual understanding and collaboration by cross-disciplinary young professionals Eri Yoshimura Senior Manager, Health and Global Policy Institute 8,500,000
D20-N-0084 Toward Building Multicultural and Resilient Societies—Nurturing Empathic, Responsible and Engaged Global Citizens in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Japan in the Post-COVID-19 Pandemic Kanako Kusanagi Assistant Professor, Advanced School Education and Evidence-based Research (CASEER), Graduate School of Education, University of Tokyo 8,000,000
D20-N-0095 Accelerating Cross-Border and Cross-Sector Collaboration Through Social Investment Ken Ito Director, East Asia, Asian Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN) 9,000,000
D20-N-0101 Educational leader development program between Japan and Cambodia by designing soft skills training through tackling global social issues Hiroe Sugawara Board of director/ Steering Committee, International NGO SALASUSU 4,500,000
D20-N-0111 CIOR Project to Prevent Online Radicalization among Youths—Creating a Link between Indonesia and Japan Yosuke Nagai Representative Director, Specified Non-Profit Organization Accept International 5,000,000
D20-N-0126 Revitalizing Tea Industry Community through Gastronomical Tea Tourism Amnaj Khaokhrueamuang Associate Professor, School of Management and Innovation, University of Shizuoka 8,500,000
D20-N-0138 Creating "New culture" through community art projects by Indonesian workers and local people in rural Japan Yuichi Watanabe Secretary General, The Laboratory for Global Dialogue 9,000,000
Total 9 70,000,000
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