The Japan Foundation is seeking applications for its Local Project Support Program to provide partial assistance for implementing projects related to Japanese culture and arts, with the aim of enhancing cultural exchange between Japan and Hungary and other Central and Eastern European countries.
As the Japan Foundation, Budapest (JFBP) oversees grant programs of the Japan Foundation in countries of Central and Eastern Europe, namely Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, and Slovenia, interested entities that are active in these countries are eligible to apply. The Japan Foundation maintains an office in Budapest only. Therefore, entities that are based outside of Hungary should contact JFBP and inquire directly.
- Only specific items can be covered with the grant.
- As a rule, travel expenses, honorarium, hire of venue, printing/publicity costs are eligible.
- The following costs are not eligible for funding:
- Preliminary project research or development costs.
- Travel costs to or within Japan.
- As this program is designed to provide partial assistance, in principle, the grant amount provided by JFBP will be up to 50% of the total budget.
- An average of ten grants are made per fiscal year. Grant sizes vary according to project, with an upper limit to 1000 Euros per grant, in principle.
- Projects should commence on or after April 1, 2021, and be completed by March 20, 2022, in consideration of the end of the Japanese fiscal year 2021, which is March 31, 2022.
- Projects should be of a non-profit nature that will enhance international cultural exchange with Japan.
- Projects that seek support should be arts and culture oriented, e.g. exhibitions, performing arts, music, dance, and literature, or other activities introducing Japanese culture. It should be wholly or for the most part, related to Japan. Lectures and demonstrations are also eligible.
- JFBP considers the prevention of the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) of utmost importance, therefore the applying projects must comply with the safety regulations of the host country. Accordingly, it is required that applicants indicate the epidemiological regulations of their country, as well as the planned preventive measures for the duration of the project in the Application Form.
- Projects implemented online are eligible
- From 2018 film screenings fall under the grant program Local Project Support Program
- Film Showing, which has different guidelines and application form.
Eligibility of Applicants
- Non profit-making projects/events that help to promote the international cultural exchange between Japan and the applicant country.
- Institutions which have enough capability for execute the grant project according to the plan.
- The applying projects should be in the arts (e.g. exhibition, performing arts, film screenings, music, dance, and literature),as long as the content is wholly or for the most part related to Japan.
- NEW: Projects implemented online are eligible!
- Religious and political activities are not eligible.
- Solo show, solo performance or recital may be given lower priority.
The following projects are not eligible:
- Religious and political activities.
- Profit-making activities.
- Projects that take place in Japan.
For more information, visit https://japanalapitvany.hu/en/local-project-support-program-arts-and-culture-20212022