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This program is designed to provide financial assistance to non-profit organizations in the U.S. 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 U.S. and Canada, with an emphasis on locations outside major metropolitan areas. PAJ Collaboration Grants help Japanese and American/Canadian artists develop a new work, which will further an appreciation of Japanese culture when presented to American/Canadian audiences. The grants are made to non-profit organizations in the U.S. and Canada only. For information on eligibility, grant coverage, review criteria and the application form, please click on one of the links below.

Application Materials

Application Schedule

Deadline for applications is by 5:00 p.m. EST, November 2, 2020. The applications must be received by mail. Applications via email will not be accepted. In case you face significant difficulties in sending the application materials because of the current social situation, please consult with the Japan Foundation, New York for U.S. organizations or the Japan Foundation, Toronto for Canadian organizations well in advance.

The Japan Foundation, New York (for the U.S. applicants)
Attention: PAJ Program
1700 Broadway, 15th Floor
New York, NY 10019

The Japan Foundation, Toronto (for Canadian applicants)
Attention: PAJ Program
2 Bloor Street East, Suite 300
Toronto, ON M4W 1A8

The Japan Foundation PAJ Advisory Committee will review applications in January 2021. Based on the recommendations of the Committee, the final selection of awardees is made by the Foundation’s Headquarters in Tokyo. Results of awards will be notified in April 2021.


To date, PAJ has funded 311 projects (including 154 touring, 147 collaborative, and 10 special projects) of Japanese performing arts in both traditional and contemporary art forms. In the 2020-2021 fiscal year, 5 projects (3 touring and 2 collaborative) are to be funded under the program, for a total amount of $127,540. PAJ is advised by an annually appointed panel composed of performing arts specialists from throughout North America and Japan.