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International Grant Program

International Grant Program 2016

Inter­natio­nal G­rant ­Progr­am

Program Title: Cultivating Empathy Through Learning from Our Neighbors: Practitioners' Exchange on Common Issues in 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.

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.

Comments by Selection Committee Chair

Grant List

TYTID Project Title Project Leader Position, Organization Grant Amount (yen)
A. Multigenerational and Multicultural Inclusion in Communities
D16-N-0007 Combined Solution for Dementia Care via Nursing and Medical Treatment, along with a Creative Plan for Building an Elderly-Oriented Society Qing Wang Representative, Japan-China Welfare Planning 4,000,000
D16-N-0034 The Decent Work Promotion Project for Immigrant Youth Empowerment in Japan and South Korea Songil Kim President, Kobe Foreigners Friendship Center 8,000,000
D16-N-0059 Holistic and Comprehensive Strategy for the Asian Ageing Society from the Perspective of "Active Ageing": Implication from the Experiences in Japan, Taiwan and Thailand Hiroko Miura Department Director, National Institute of Public Health, Japan 6.500,000
D16-N-0074 Attitudes Towards Language Choice and Ethnicity: Multigenerational Divergence and Rapprochement Chong Shin Associate Professor, University Kebangsaan Malaysia 4,500,000
D16-N-0113 Strengthening Social Engagement in Elderly Care in Changing Economic and Family Structure in Asia: Policy and Practical Dialogues Between Local Communities in Vietnam and Japan Tran Thi Minh Thi Deputy Director, Institute for Family and Gender Studies, Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences 6,500,000
D16-N-0121 Recognizing and Promoting the Value of Former Generations' Domestic and Community Contribution to Nutrition, Health and Family Balance in Disadvantaged Urban Areas Hart Feuer Program-Specific Assistant Professor, Kyoto University 4,000,000
Subtotal 6 33500000
B. Creating New Culture: Toward a Common Platform for Asia
D16-N-0033 Design and Art Exhibition Consortium of a New Style in Asia Using the Various Cultural Climates of Country and Landscape Tadamori Fujisawa Associate Professor, Showa Womens University 7,500,000
D16-N-0077 Creation of Sustainable Development Model of the Village Through the Use of Housing and Dwelling Culture Ikuro Shimizu Professor, Department of Architecture and Building Engineering, School of Engineering, Shibaura Institute of Technology 7,000,000
D16-N-0162 The Improvement of Literacy Towards the Conservation of Urban Heritage in the ASEAN 5 Countries Shin Muramatsu Professor, The Institute of Industrial Science, The University of Tokyo 7,500,000
D16-N-0185 Practice of Co-Learning for Community Based Tourism in Sambor Prei Kuk, Cambodia and in Najyo Okinawa Through an Online Experience Sharing and a Social Platform Mai Yoshikawa Founder, Napura-works.Co., Ltd. 4,200,000
D16-N-0197 Creating a New Environment of Raising Children Through the Creativity of Art Shingo Yamano Director, Koganecho Area Management Center 4,200,000
D16-N-0201 Bamboo Workshop Manual Making Towards Redefining the Value of Traditional Lifestyle in Rural Japan and the Philippines Ayaka Yamashita Director, EDAYA 4,000,000
Subtotal 6 34,400,000
C. Open Field
D16-N-0013 Collaboration among Stakeholders for Adjustment of Forest Policies to International Framework to Reduce CO2 Emission Makoto Inoue Professor, Department of Global Agricultural Sciences, Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, The University of Tokyo 7,800,000
D16-N-0062  Promoting Employment of People with Disabilities in Japan and Indonesia: Building an Inclusive and Sustainable Society Yuka Matsushima Co-Founder and Vice President, CROSS FIELDS 4,000,000
D16-N-0073 Joint Research on the Situation and Support for Offender's Families in Asia: Focus on Japan, Korea and Taiwan Kyoko Abe President, NPO World Open Heart 4,500,000
D16-N-0128 Diversity and Commonalities of Birth from Women's Voice Sharing Naoko Arimori Professor, Niigata University 7,500,000
D16-N-0157 Project for Fostering Youth Farmers' Leaders Toward the Practice of 'Natural Circularity Agriculture' in the Cash Crop Cultivating Areas Arihiro Minoo Assistant Professor, Toyo University/Director, NPO APLA 4,300,000
D16-N-0210 Empowering Intercultural Youth from Creative Approach Shuko Ebihara Founder, kuriya 4,000,000
Subtotal 6 32,100,000
Total 18 100,000,000

For details of each project, please move to our "Search Projects" page, and search by each project's TYTID (for example: D16-N-00XX).

Grant Framework

Please read through the Guidelines for details.

Target Countries East and Southeast Asia *1
Thematic Areas A. Multigenerational and Multicultural Inclusion in Communities
B. Creating New Culture: Toward a Common Platform for Asia
C. Open Field
Project Period One year (Nov 2016 – Oct 2017) or Two years (Nov 2016 – Oct 2018)
Expected Output Projects are required to;
1) identify issues and conduct a review by surveying and analyzing the situation in target countries;
2) carry out activities aimed at addressing issues;
3) produce and disseminate tangible output, such as policy proposals, guidelines, photo and video works, and reports; and
4) submit the “Record of Change.”
Potential Applicants Diverse team based in multiple target countries. 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.
Grant Amount (maximum per project) a) One-year project: JPY 5,000,000 (approx. USD 44,500);
b) Two-year project: JPY 10,000,000 (approx. USD 89,000)
Total Amount of Grants 100 million yen
Project Proposal Period From April 11th to June 10th, 2016 3pm Japan Standard Time
Applications Web-based application via Foundation website only
Selection of Grants Formal decisions on the awarding of grants will be made by the Toyota Foundation Board of Directors at a meeting to be held in late September 2016, based on the deliberations of responsible Selection Committee consisting of external experts.

*1 East Asia: China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, South Korea, Mongolia, Japan
   Southeast Asia: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines,
   Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Vietnam

Please also see FAQs.

Program Guidelines and Application Form[Sample]


Application closed on June 10, 2016.

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