Niwano Peace Foundation: Inviting applications for ‘grant’ to promote interreligious understanding and cooperation and to build a world of peace and coexistence.

Funding brief: the Niwano Peace Foundation promotes interreligious understanding and cooperation. It also strives to strengthen cooperation among people actively making continuing efforts, in a religious spirit, to achieve a peaceful society.

The Foundation does not support any specific religious group. Respecting the uniqueness of all religions and embracing the spirit of tolerance, it aims to build a world of peace and coexistence. The Foundation makes grants in order to actively encourage activities undertaken in the spirit of religious principles grounded and conducted in such a way as to invite broad social participation.

*This program has been conducted by the sponsorship of the Rissho kosei-kai Donate-a-Meal Fund for Peace Since 2005.

Donor Name: Niwano Peace Foundation
Funding name: No specific fund name

Deadline: October, 15th, 2018 (no later than Japan time 23:59 October, 15th)

Funding details link: Click to view

Funding limit: The grant amount which one applicant can apply will be up to 1,000,000 Japanese Yen. (For foreign applicant, the grant amount which one can apply will be up to some USD equivalent to 1,000,000 Japanese Yen)

After screening and determination by Screening Committee, actual amount to be provided can be sometime reduced than original amount in applying.

Special Notes: Please contact with the donor directly for further clarification and understanding.

Project start date: Providing grant is for one year, from 1st April 2018 to 31st March 2019.Extensional or renewal support may not be operated. However, one can apply the same activity for next fiscal year if submit application anew. Activity starts by support: April, 1st, 2019 and Support end March, 31st, 2010

Project duration: Providing grant is for one year, from 1st April 2018 to 31st March 2019. Extensional or renewal support may not be operated. However, one can apply the same activity for next fiscal year if submit application anew. Activity starts by support: April, 1st, 2019 and Support end March, 31st, 2010

Eligible organization: As below

Eligibility: Grant will be provided for activities as described in items A or B below;
1. Social activities based on the spirit of religious principles
● Social activities based on the spirit of religious principals are defined as those undertaken for individual and community welfare and peace, both physical and spiritual, based on the spirit of religious principles that emerge from reverence for God, Buddha, or other universal spiritual reality.

● In particular, these include peace-making activities related to education, volunteer work, development cooperation, environmental protection, human rights or the social problems of aging societies done in the spirit of religious principles which transcend religious boundaries.
2. Grass-roots activities deployed in a local community

Activities to vitalize local communities through interdisciplinary workshops and meetings with particular emphasis on collaboration by groups and individuals from diverse organizations and religious groups.

It is expected that local communities will come up with some new values with an independent mind. Examples would be workshops and outreach programs to inspire people to think about how people living in faraway countries are related to their own lives, or to encourage development of local activities in which people “think globally, and act locally.”

*Project/Activity eligible for support
1. Activities which are consistent with the theme of NPF’s activity grant for fiscal year 2018
2. Practical activities, short-term or long-term, directly related to peace building.
3. Activities which stimulate activities not only in one’s own field but as well in other fields and can be creative and pioneering models for realization of peace.

*Project/Activity ineligible for support
1. Activities undertaken for the benefit of a specific religious group.
2. Activities based on or for the advancement of a specific political ideology.
3. Activities for profit.
4. Activities the purpose of which is holding conferences only as such.
5. Projects for which the applicant’s primary intention is to publish the results of activities. (This does not apply to past grant recipients.)
4. Grants are not scholarships as such, and are not to be used as financial support for Study abroad.

● An application may be made by either an individual or an organization.
● Nationality is not a criterion for eligibility.
● Any group which has been in continuous existence for a reasonable length of time is
● Eligible to apply, whether or not it is legally incorporated.

Eligible Country: No country bar found (Open to all regions)

Submission mail: Not found

Other important link:
● Apply: Click to view
● Guideline:
 General: Click to view
 Application: Click to view

● About: Click to view

How to apply: Interested applicant may apply through the website (Click to view).

● NPF accepts only English or Japanese. Candidates who submit applications written using other languages will be rejected.

Category Requested document How to submit
Registered organization Copy of registration certificate, or Bylaws Document type should be PDF, JPG, JPEG only. (A clear or legible image is required)
Unregistered organization Copy of Bylaws, articles of organization or society regulations. If not extant, provide official documents showing rules of organization
Applying as an individual Copy of resume, curriculum vitae or personal history (free form but within 1 or 2 pages, preferably including experience related to proposed activity)


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