Private Funder: Japan Foundation; Opportunity: Grants for Arts & Culture; Funding Focus: Education, performing arts and culture; Geographic Focus: Regional: the 37 states east of the Rocky Mountains; Eligibility: Nonprofits; Funding: Varies, normally they range to $5,000 each; Deadline: Rolling.
Summary: This grant supports projects with an understanding of Japanese arts and culture. The foundation also offers funding to promote Japanese performing arts in North America. The foundation supports initiatives created by nonprofit organizations to provide geographically diverse audiences with greater exposure to Japanese performing arts.
The Performing Arts Japan (PAJ) Touring And Collaboration Grants (http://tinyurl.com/6g3csoe) assist in the presentation of Japanese performing arts, emphasizing locations outside major metropolitan areas. School-based projects have been past award winners. Pocahontas County Opera House Foundation (Marlinton, WV) won a grant for Journey to Japan: A Puppet Extravaganza, a puppet show which toured rural West Virginia schools. That competition runs on a different track and is to open later this year.