In 2021, the International Grant Program of the Toyota Foundation continues to focus on “Cultivating Empathy Through Learning from Our Neighbors: Practitioners’ Exchange on Common Issues in Asia” in East and Southeast Asian countries.
- Transnational: Set issues that are common to at least two countries/regions from the target countries/regions, with members who are active in each country/region to participate on an equal basis.
- Cross Sector: The team members consisted by multiple sectors such as academia, government, social, non-profit, etc., conduct practical activities that contribute to problem solving, in addition to researching and analyzing existing initiatives.
- Mutual Learning: Activities incorporate interaction among people on site (local supporters, concerned parties, local residents, etc.) to achieve mutual learning.
- Foresight: Gain insights into important issues that society is likely to face in the future, and to acquire new perspectives that will lead to future development through active learning with diverse stakeholders beyond the conventional framework.
- [Two-Year Grant] Grant period: From November 1, 2021 to October 31, 2023 – Essential activitiy: On-site interaction via mutual site visits. Projects that contribute to solving common issues in two or more countries in the target countries/regions in Asia (see p.4) through exchange and mutual learning. Mutual site visits are essential. The maximum grant amount is 10,000,000 yen per project.
- [One-Year Grant] Grant period: From November 1, 2021 to October 31, 2022 – Essentaial activity: On-line interaction i.e. virtual site visits, online workshop, etc. Projects that contribute to solving common issues in which two or more countries in the target countries/regions in Asia (see p.5) through exchange and mutual learning. Mutual site visits are not required, however, grant can be used for international traveling as well depending on the situation. The maximum grant amount is 3,000,000 yen per project.
- East Asia: Japan, China, Hong Kong, Macau, Mongolia, South Korea, Taiwan
- Southeast Asia: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Vietnam
- Individuals who has practical experience in multiple target countries such as conducting research, carrying out activities, producing creative works, and making policy proposals in regards to the focused issues.
- A team or broad network extending to multiple target countries that is composed of members such as practitioners, project participants, researchers, creators, policy makers, and journalists and other media representatives.
- Capable of carrying out a project with a diverse network of participants across multiple target countries.
- Also, the project representative must have a contact address in Japan.
For more information, visit https://www.toyotafound.or.jp/english/international/2021/