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Performing Arts Japan (PAJ) Program

Grants to USA and Canada Nonprofits to Present
Japanese Performing Arts to Local Audiences

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Japan Foundation

Deadline Date:

10/31/19 5:00 PM EST Receipt


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Grants to USA and Canada nonprofit organizations to promote Japanese performing arts to local residents. Funding is intended to support touring projects that present Japanese arts in diverse locations, and for collaborative projects among Japanese, American, and Canadian artists.

The Performing Arts Japan (PAJ) Program was started by the Japan Foundation with the mission to establish a system for promoting Japanese performing arts in North America. The PAJ program supports initiatives in the United States and Canada to provide geographically diverse audiences with greater exposure to Japanese performing arts. The primary objectives of PAJ are:

  1.  To increase access to Japanese performing arts in the United States and Canada
  2.  To foster an understanding of Japanese performing arts by providing educational programs for audiences in each touring location apart from public performances; and
  3.  To support collaborative projects between Japanese and American/Canadian performing artists.

To realize the above objectives, the PAJ program offers two types of support:

  1.  The Touring Grant assists with the presentation of Japanese performing arts at multiple locations in the United States and/or Canada, with emphasis on locations outside major metropolitan areas where there is little exposure to Japanese performing arts.
  2.  The Collaboration Grant facilitates the collaboration of Japanese and American/Canadian artists so that they may create a new work through research, residencies, artists' discussions etc. with the potential to develop into a touring project and further an appreciation of Japanese culture when presented to audiences in the United States and Canada. 

Priority will be given to projects involving artists based in Japan, and to projects relating to major international festivals. In addition, for Touring Grants, priority will be given to projects created through PAJ Collaboration Grants, as well as for projects that will tour to such locations as the South, Midwest, Mountain, Alaska, and Canada, where there is little exposure to the Japanese performing arts.

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For Grant Coverage and eligible expenses, see

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174900

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum grant amount awarded to an applicant for the 2019-2020 fiscal year was $33,500.

Term of Contract:

The proposed project must take place between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021. The project may continue after July 2021 as long as the major part or core of the project is completed by June 30, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants are awarded only to U.S.-based or Canada-based non-profit organizations and are subject to the relevant laws and regulations of the Japan Foundation. Applicants should have 501(c)(3) status in the United States or have charitable status from the Canada Revenue Agency.

Applicants who have already received PAJ grants for the past three consecutive years will be given lower priority.

The PAJ will not fund the overhead or administrative costs of the applicant organization.

The proposed project must not be used for religious or political purposes.

A project that receives a grant from the Japan Foundation’s other programs, such as the GrantProgram for Dispatching Artists and Cultural Specialists, the JFNY Grant for Arts & Culture, the JFLA Mini Grant for Japanese Arts & Culture, or the JF Toronto Local Grant, cannot be funded through PAJ at the same time.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be received by the Japan Foundation, New York (for the U.S. applicants) or the Japan Foundation, Toronto (for Canadian applicants) no later than 5:00 p.m. EST, October 31, 2019. The applications must be received by mail or hand-delivered. Applications via email will not be accepted.

The Japan Foundation PAJ Advisory Committee will review applications in December 2019. Based on the recommendations of the Committee, the final selection of awardees is made by the Foundation’s Headquarter in Tokyo. Written notification of awards will be mailed in April 2020.

In the case of adaptation, the copyright arrangements concerning the original work must already be completed. Please also attach a copy of the documentation that proves that the applicant has already cleared the copyright.

Applicants are eligible to apply for one project only through one of the two categories. The applicant can submit only one application, and this must be either touring or collaboration.

Grants are made on a cost-sharing basis.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit the application to:

The Japan Foundation, New York (for U.S. applicants)
Attention: PAJ Program
1700 Broadway, 15th Floor
New York, NY 10019

The Japan Foundation, Toronto (for Canadian applicants)
Attention: PAJ Program
2 Bloor Street East, Suite 300
Toronto, ON M4W 1A8

Contact Information:

The Japan Foundation, New York

The Japan Foundation, Toronto

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