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Notice of Intent to Publish Project-Specific Notice of Funding Opportunities
December 20, 2019

The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, Japan is pleased to announce its intent to publish Project-Specific Notice of Funding Opportunities on February 1, 2020.

Project-Specific Notice of Funding Opportunities (NOFO) will replace the Annual Program Statement as the funding mechanism of its Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program. Project-Specific NOFOs will define a narrow goal and set specific objectives within the following priority areas:

  • U.S. – Japan Bilateral Relationship: Programs that seek to explain U.S. policies, culture, and values to Japanese audiences, resulting in a positive impact on the bilateral relationship.
  • Regional Security: Programs that address issues of regional security, non-proliferation, and countering violent extremism, as well as exchanges that promote multilateral cooperation and enhance stability in the Indo-Pacific region.
  • Economic Growth: Programs related to bilateral trade, investment, economic integration, entrepreneurship, innovation, intellectual property rights, and women’s empowerment.
  • Social Issues: Programs that seek to promote a better understanding of human rights and diversity and inclusion.
  • English Teaching: Programs that promote teacher training in areas related to English teaching, or those that enhance English learning among Japanese youth.
  • Education: Programs related to promoting study in the United States, the internationalization of Japanese universities, and/or the building of linkages between American and Japanese institutions of higher learning.

When announced, the Public Affairs Section encourages the following eligible American or Japanese applicants to apply:

  • Registered not-for-profit organizations, including think tanks and civil society/nongovernmental organizations with programming experience
  • Public and private educational institutions
  • Public International Organizations and Governmental institutions
  • Individuals

Applications will consist of the following documents:

  • Summary Page
  • Application for Federal Assistance (SF-424)
  • Assurances for Non-Construction Programs (SF-424B – Individuals only)
  • Budget Information for Non-Constriction Programs (SF-424A)
  • Budget Justification Narrative
  • Project Proposal

In preparation of the opening of the funding opportunity, the Public Affairs Section encourages all interested applicants (except individuals) to obtain the below mandatory registrations. The registrations are free of charge and must be completed in the following order. This process may take up to three months; therefore, we encourage interested applicants to begin this process now.

Please visit the U.S. Embassy website for more information and for additional application resources, which will be posted soon.