Funding brief: In the context of these evolving global challenges, SPF has set five priority goals from a mid- to long-term perspective: (1) further strengthening the Japan–U.S. relationship, built around the bilateral security agreement, (2) expanding Japan’s presence in Asia, (3) enhancing understanding of and relationships with Islamic countries in the Middle East, (4) establishing ocean governance, and (5) empowering women to achieve gender equality in society.
In 2016, the world experienced a paradigm shift on a monumental scale beyond expectations, as seen in the United Kingdom’s referendum result in favor of leaving the EU and the victory of Donald Trump in the U.S. presidential election. Populism is gaining momentum in Europe and other parts of the world, while a trend of political leaders increasing their power is emerging in other countries. Political and geopolitical risks are growing, threatening the conventional Liberal International Order. Amidst energy security risks arising from supply reliance on the ever-destabilized Middle East, a refugee crisis with no end in sight, and the threat of terrorism from extremist organizations, the international outlook appears uncertain.
Given the turbulent state of the world, the roles that SPF plays are becoming increasingly important because of the foundation’s ability to make contributions to security and peace-building at its own discretion, without any constraints from existing frameworks. In order to acutualize the missions set out in its Mission Statement, SPF is reviewing its programs, which where implemented in April 2015. SPF has also adopted five priority goals for 2017, (1) Further strengthening Japan-U.S. relationship, (2) expanding Japan’s presence in Asia, (3) enhancing understanding of and relationship with Islamic countries, (4) establishing ocean governance, and (5) empowering women. By presenting unconstrained ideas as a Public Interest Incorporated Foundation and maintaining a long-term perspective, SPF is drawing up plans for achieving these goals while remaining flexible and able to swifly adapt to changes in world situations.
● Further strengthening the Japan-U.S. relationship
For Japan, the United States has been its most important ally from a political, economic, and security perspective. However, it cannot be said that the people of the two countries have a sufficient level of understanding and recognition of each other. SPF will further promote private-sector exchanges between the people of Japan and the United States to strengthen bilateral ties. Particularly in the area of security, SPF will also pursue activities based on diverse perspectives.
● Expanding Japan’s presence in Asia
While Asian countries and the region as a whole are enjoying strong economic growth, they also face a multitude of difficulties in terms of growing populations, environmental protection, and other issues. SPF regards Asia’s issues as its own issues, and aims to share Japan’s extensive knowledge and unique solutions accumulated from its past experiences with the people and countries across Asia. Efforts will be made to explore measures that lead to a path for stable and sustainable development through collaboration between Japan and the rest of Asia.
● Enhancing understanding of and relationship with Islamic countries
The emergence of extremism and protracted armed conflicts in the Middle East have a ripple effect on the rest of the world, even reaching Muslim communities in Asia. Despite an increasing inflow of such information, Japanese society still has a long way to go before establishing recognition and true understanding of people in Muslim societies. SPF will promote networking with Islamic countries around the world, urging Japanese people to establish an accurate understanding about Muslim societies.
● Establishing ocean governance
Various issues such as environmental pollution and excessive fishing have become common in oceans around the world, requiring urgent action. However, many countries have yet to fully address the ocean crisis they face. SPF will gather opinions from international experts in various fields regarding ways to make our oceans sustainable, while also establishing mutual cooperation to generate a greater collective impact.
● Empowering women
Women’s empowerment is essential in all aspects of society, including politics, the economy, education, and science. There are many examples of female empowerment around the world and Japan should take note in order to increase its influence in international society. SPF will focus on the roles that women fulfill in society to explore the potential for finding new solutions to a range of international issues and social tasks.
Donor Name: Sasakawa Peace Foundation
Funding name: No specific fund name
Deadline: As projects eligible for SPF grants begin on April, 1st in principle, the deadline for applications (to arrive at SPF) is the last day of October the previous year. However, applications may be submitted at any time.
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Funding limit: There is no upper limit as such. However, for the majority of projects we have supported in the past, the yearly budget per project has been between US$ 20,000 and US$100,000.
Special Notes: Please contact with the donor directly for further clarification and understanding.
Project start date: The SPF budget cycle begins on April, 1st
Project duration: SPF awards grants annually for a period of one to three years. The SPF budget cycle begins on April, 1st and ends on March, 31st. All projects, regardless of the start date, should end in March, at which time the expenditure and narrative reports of the results should be submitted.
Eligible organization: As below
● Nonprofit organizations and voluntary organizations are eligible to apply for grants. Businesses and individuals are ineligible. Applications are accepted regardless of nationality.
● Organizations eligible for a grant from SPF include incorporated foundations and corporations, NPO corporations, universities and other incorporated educational institutions, and private organizations conducting non-profit activities, established on the basis of the Act on Promotion of Specified Non-profit Activities. Commercial enterprises and individuals are not eligible to apply. There are no restrictions due to nationality.
The following activities are not eligible for support.
● Acquisition of personal property or real estate, construction of buildings (purchase of land or buildings, construction of schools or other facilities, etc.)
● Assistance for operating expenses of an organization (rent of an office building, etc.)
● Purely theoretical academic research (research conducted by an individual, etc.)
● Aid activities following natural or other disasters (emergency relief for typhoons, earthquakes, etc.)
● Events with corporate links (film festivals and other such events)
● Specific individual applications (individuals, not organizations like travel expenses to attend meetings or seminars overseas, lodging expenses, etc.)
● Applications for scholarships
● Creation of funds
● Purchase of equipment and other such goods (computers, photocopiers, etc.)
● Cultural or artistic activities (exhibitions, dance performances, etc.)
Eligible Country: No Country Bar Found (Open to all regions)
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How to apply: Interested applicant may apply through post to the address of the donor.
● Applications cannot be submitted online or by e-mail.
● Applications must be written in either Japanese or English.
● All proposals must be sent by post. An express courier service may be used. Proposals sent by FAX or email cannot be processed. Contact: Information Management Department, The Sasakawa Peace Foundation, The Sasakawa Peace Foundation Bldg., 8th Fl., 1-15-16 Toranomon, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-8524, Japan
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