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International Grant Program 2019

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

Program Objectives

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

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Grant List

TYTID Project Title Project Leader Position, Organization Grant Amount (yen)
A. Multicultural Inclusion in Communities
D19-N-0096 Enhancing the Capacity of Countries of Origin in Facilitating Equitable Migration to Japan Reiko Harima Mekong Migration Network 9,500,000
D19-N-0119 Guarantee of Adequate Information Provision in Transnational Migration - Toward a Realization of a Fair and Robust Migration Toshihiro Menju Managing Director, Japan Center for International Exchange 8,000,000
D19-N-0140 Entrepreneurship, Advocacy, and Research to Combat Aging and Migration in Asia - Interaction of Ex-EPA Nurses/ Careworkers from the Philippines, Indonesia and Vietnam Michiyo Yoneno Associate Professor, Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, The University of Tokyo 8,500,000
Subtotal 3 31,200,000
B. Open Field
D19-N-0032 Community-based Utilization of Ancient Water Resource and Management System of Mainland Southeast Asia Mamoru Shibayama Professor Emeritus, Kyoto University 7,200,000
D19-N-0043 Sustainable Agriculture of Rural Area in Mekong Delta, Vietnam and Mountainous Area, Japan by Community-based Action for Effective Utilization of Bio-wastes Resources Tokihiko Fujimoto Associate Professor, Faculty of Agriculture, Shizuoka University 9,300,000
D19-N-0049 Building a participatory civic platform through project-based ecotourism for the mitigation of ocean plastic pollution Narumi Yoshikawa Assistant Professor, Prefectural University of Hiroshima 6,000,000
D19-N-0070 Cooperation on the realization of societies where people can have access to justice in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Japan Masatoshi Ikeuchi Chairperson of Committee on International Relations, Japan Federation of Bar Associations 8,000,000
D19-N-0103 Solution transfer beyond border through exchange of management personnel - With social sectors of Japan and Vietnam Saki Kumezawa Division Manager, NPO Cross Fields 4,500,000
D19-N-0128 Cultivating intermediate players who can coordinate local resources and Creating a learning platform across countries/sectors through a designers' residency program Yuichi Tomohiro Representative Director, General Incorporated Association TSUMUGIYA 9,000,000
Subtotal 6 38,800,000
Total 9 70,000,000

Grant Framework

Please read through the Guidlines for details.

Target Countries East and Southeast Asia *1
Required elements for Project Transnational, Cross Sector, Mutual Learning, Foresight
Thematic Areas A. Multicultural Inclusion in Communities
B. Open Field
Project Period One year (Nov 2019 – Oct 2020) or Two years (Nov 2019 – Oct 2021)
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 providing solutions to issues;
3) produce and disseminate tangible output
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 70 million yen
Public Notification Period From April 15 to June 8, 2019, 23:59 Japan Standard Time
Proposal Submission Period From April 15 to June 8, 2019, 23:59 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 2019, based on the deliberations of responsible Selection Committee consisting of external experts.

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

Please also see FAQs.

Program Guidelines and Application Form

*The application closed on June 8, 2019. Thank you for your interest.

Program GuidelinesPDFファイル(288KB)このリンクは別ウィンドウで開きます
Application Form (Sample)PDFファイル(185KB)このリンクは別ウィンドウで開きます
*The Word version of blank application form is only available after Entry.

Briefing sessions in Tokyo (not compulsory)

April 26, 2019 from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM  *The event has ended.
May 9, 2019 from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM  *The event has ended.

Each session will be held with the same contents in Japanese.
Applicants can consult with the program officers of the Toyota Foundation in advance of applying.
Please refer to the program guidlines for the details.

Recommended Documents

[Recommended booklet]
The Toyota Foundation held a series of dialogue sessions inviting some former and present grantees.

In Baguio (the Philippines)このリンクは別ウィンドウで開きますBangkok (Thailand)このリンクは別ウィンドウで開きます , and Sendai (Japan)このリンクは別ウィンドウで開きます, the participants shared their views on the International Grant Program and their experience of their granted project.
The Foundation would like to call the attention of potential applicants to the following booklet as it is full of lessons learned. It is strongly recommended to read.


International Grant Program evaluation report

The Toyota Foundation established the Evaluation Committee composed of four experts in May 2018 to evaluate the International Grant Program. The Evaluation Committee members and program officers of the International Grant Program team interviewed project representatives and members. 31 of the total 63 projects supported between fiscal 2014 and fiscal 2017 were selected with consideration given to thematic and regional balance. 

This final report by the committee provides you some specific ideas about the aim and the targets of the International Grant Program. We would be glad if the potential grantees go through this report before they submit their proposals.

International Grant Program evaluation reportPDFファイル(341KB)このリンクは別ウィンドウで開きます

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