Performing Arts Japan Grant

This year, The Japan Foundation is again offering a special performing arts Japan grant to qualifying Canadian organizations. 

The Performing Arts Japan (PAJ) program was originally designed for the cultural exchange of performing arts between the US and Japan, therefore funds were not fully available for Canadian participants.

Starting with fiscal 2011, with the expansion of the program, Canadian applicants are encouraged to send in applications for both across-the-border projects and events happening only within Canada. The most recent revision makes this grant program more beneficial to Canadian applicants in the coming fiscal year 2014.

The program provides financial assistance for non-profit organizations in the US and Canada that aim to introduce Japanese performing arts to local audiences. PAJ Touring Grants help present Japanese performing arts at multiple locations in the US and Canada, with an emphasis on locations outside major metropolitan areas. This funding helps Japanese and American/Canadian artists develop new work, which will further an appreciation of Japanese culture when presented to American/Canadian audiences.


Visit for information on eligibility, grant coverage. review criteria and the application form. 


U.S. and Canadian non-profit organizations only.


October 21, 2013


July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015


Touring Grant

Assists the touring project at multiple locations in the US and Canada, with emphasis on locations outside major metropolitan areas, where there is little exposure to the Japanese performing arts.

Collaboration Grant

Facilitates the collaborations between Japanese and American/Canadian artists to create a new work with to potential to develop into touring projects.



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