The Nippon Foundation’s Overseas Grants for NGOs

Deadline: ongoing
Open to: non-profit organizations based outside Japan
Grant: not specified


The Nippon Foundation was founded in 1962. It was established by legislation for the purpose of carrying out philanthropic activities using revenue from motorboat racing. The Nippon Foundation is an independent, non-profit, grant-making organization that provides aid to projects related to  public welfare in Japan, voluntary programs in Japan, maritime and ship-related projects, and overseas cooperative assistance.

Under the category of overseas cooperative assistance, they especially respect cross-border, transnational activities; local and regional undertakings that may fall outside the reach of the public sector or other donor agencies; and initiatives to tackle pressing issues and long-range or persistent problems that require prompt and systematized care. Grants are given to programs planned and conducted by overseas non-profit organizations in such areas as basic human needs, human resources development, and promotion of international cooperation.


The Nippon Foundation accepts applications from the non-profit organizations based outside of Japan throughout the year for its Overseas Grants. Any local, regional or international NGOs/NPOs including educational and research institutions based outside of Japan are invited to submit proposals on different funding areas covered by the foundation.


  • Private individuals or for-profit organizations are ineligible to apply for the grant;
  • Any program that is already in its operational phase is not eligible for grant consideration;
  • Re-submission of previously rejected proposals is not accepted.


Applicants must be sure to attach a project budget to their application. Please note that the Nippon Foundation only accepts applications in Japanese yen, US dollars, or Euro. 

Eligibility is not contingent on the amount requested.  In principle, indirect costs should not exceed 10% of direct costs.


There is no application deadline as such, and applications can be received throughout the year. However, since the screening procedures may take as long as five months, it is strongly recommended that applications be submitted at least half a year before the planned start of the project, or whenever the funding will be needed.

Applications must be submitted by mail; applications sent by fax or e-mail are not accepted. Application form and all materials should be typed in English and sent to:

International Program Department
The Nippon Foundation
1-2-2 Akasaka
Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-8404

For further information, please visit the official website.

4 thoughts on “The Nippon Foundation’s Overseas Grants for NGOs

  1. I head community based hospital and district health services. Looking for partnership to support maternal and child health by raising community demand & hospital equipment in eastern Uganda. Let me know if we are eligible.

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