Toyota Foundation International Grant Program 2017

Toyota Foundation International Grant Program 2017

Deadline: June 20, 2017

The International Grant Program of the Toyota Foundation continues the fourth year of its pilot program “Cultivating Empathy Through Learning from Our Neighbors: Practitioners’ Exchange on Common Issues in Asia,” focusing on countries in East and Southeast Asia. The grant program focuses on deepening mutual understanding and knowledge-sharing among people on the ground in East and Southeast Asia who are finding solutions to shared issues. Through promoting direct interaction among key players, the grant program aims to survey and analyze situations in target countries, obtain new perspectives, and expand the potential of future generations. The program provides grants to projects that identify common issues in target countries in three thematic areas:

  • Multigenerational and Multicultural Inclusion in Communities;
  • Creating New Culture: Toward a Common Platform for Asia;
  • Open Field

With multinational teams comprised of participants from diverse backgrounds, projects can avoid conventional linear relationships, such as “supporter and supported” or “instructor and trainee,” and instead form cooperative and creative alliances that consider, act on, and construct solutions to shared issues. The grant program anticipates that these partnerships, which extend beyond such factors as nationality, age, and organizational affiliation, will produce significant social change through fostering a process of mutual learning.


The maximum grant amount per project is as follow:

  • One-year project: JPY 5,000,000 (approx. USD 44,500);
  • Two-year project: JPY 10,000,000 (approx. USD 89,000)


  • Open to diverse team based in multiple East and Southeast Asia countries. East Asia countries include China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, South Korea, Mongolia, Japan, Southeast Asia: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Vietnam
  • Team members could include those with practical experience and knowledge on addressing issues in the target countries, such as practitioners, researchers, creators, policy makers, and journalists and other media representatives;
  • Individuals in multiple target countries with practical experience in such areas as conducting research, carrying out activities, producing creative works, and making policy proposals;
  • Applicants should be capable of carrying out a project with a diverse network of participants across multiple target countries.

Application Process

Proposal submission period will run from April 4 to June 20, 2017, 23:59 Japan Standard Time

For more information, read FAQ or visit Toyota Foundation International Grant Program.