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October 12, 2021

The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, Japan is pleased to announce its Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program.

Annually, awards are granted through Project-Specific Notice of Funding Opportunities (NOFOs). The 2021 deadline for submission was March 31. The next application period will open on February 1, 2022. Additional updates will be posted here throughout the year.

Awards are also granted through an Annual Program Statement (APS). Proposals are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year and will be reviewed quarterly. Proposals that address key strategic interests may be approved for immediate funding.

FY2022 Annual Program Statement

2021 Notice of Funding Opportunities

Please see the announcements below to get a better understanding of our 2021 funding priorities.

• Advancing Female and Youth Entrepreneurship
The U.S. Embassy Tokyo’s Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Department of State announces an open competition for organizations to submit applications to carry out a program that aims to advance women’s and youth entrepreneurship in Japan to promote sustainable economic growth and foster U.S.–Japan economic partnership.

• Alumni Capacity Building
The U.S. Embassy Tokyo’s Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Department of State announces an open competition for proposals to engage in the capacity building of U.S. government program alumni, through alumni-driven projects or programs that facilitate alumni leadership development and networks necessary to pursue and protect American interests abroad.

• English Language Teacher Training
The U.S. Embassy Tokyo’s Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Department of State announces an open competition for organizations to submit proposals for English teacher training projects to improve the communicative English language teaching skills of Japanese elementary and secondary school teachers.

• Tokyo Olympic/Paralympic Host Town Exchange
The U.S. Embassy Tokyo’s Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Department of State announces an open competition for entities to submit applications to create sustainable academic, business, and/or people-to-people exchanges between the U.S. and Japanese cities currently serving as U.S. Host Towns.

• Promoting Study-in-the-United-States and Fostering English Language Learning
The U.S. Embassy Tokyo’s Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Department of State announces an open competition for proposals to manage and administer programs designed to increase the number of Japanese students studying in the United States and to foster English learning opportunities (one of the biggest impediments to studying in the U.S.) for Japanese students.

• Social Innovation
The U.S. Embassy Tokyo’s Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Department of State announces an open competition for organizations to submit applications to carry out an exchange program showcasing the technological advances that are being implemented to address pressing social issues common to the U.S. and Japan, in order to deepen economic, scientific, and technological cooperation, promote sustainable economic growth and environmental protection, and strengthen people-to-people ties between both countries.

• Study Abroad Polling and Analysis
The U.S. Embassy Tokyo’s Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Department of State announces an open competition for organizations to submit applications to carry out polling and analysis on study abroad trends among Japanese high school and university students to the United States. The grantee will produce a bilingual public product to present their findings, including all data.

• Technology to Foster Inclusion of People with Disabilities
The U.S. Embassy Tokyo’s Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Department of State announces an open competition for organizations to submit applications to carry out a program that aims to promote social inclusion of people with disabilities, with a particular focus on promoting job and career development for people with disabilities through technology.

• Trilateral Cooperation on Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality
The U.S. Embassy Tokyo’s Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Department of State announces an open competition for organizations to submit applications to empower women and work toward gender equality trilaterally, deepening U.S.-Japan-Republic of Korea (ROK) cooperation.

• U.S. Ambassador’s Scholarship Program
The U.S. Consulate General Naha Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce that funding is available through its Public Diplomacy Grants Program to implement its U.S. Ambassador’s Scholarship Program for Okinawa High School Students. This Program Statement outlines the requirements for the scholarship program and the procedures for submitting requests for funding.

• U.S.-Japan Alliance and Security and Prosperity in the Indo-Pacific
The U.S. Embassy Tokyo’s Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Department of State announces an open competition for organizations to submit applications to carry out workshops and/or exchanges on regional security, civil society, and multilateral cooperation to strengthen the U.S.-Japan Alliance and ensure the stability and prosperity of the Indo-Pacific region.

• U.S.-Japan Professional Exchange
The U.S. Embassy Tokyo’s Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Department of State announces an open competition for organizations to submit applications to carry out exchange programs for mid-career level Japanese citizens. Such exchange programs can be either virtual or in-person, or a combination of both.

• Youth Outreach and Exchange
The U.S. Embassy Tokyo’s Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Department of State announces an open competition for proposals to manage and administer projects designed to engage with Japanese youth and to deepen the understanding of U.S.-Japan relations, roles of multi-lateral corporations, and U.S. values among Japanese youth.


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