The TOMODACHI Initiative is a public-private partnership, born out of support for Japan’s recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake, that invests in the next generation of Japanese and American leaders through educational and cultural exchanges as well as entrepreneurship and leadership programs.
We seek to foster a “TOMODACHI generation” of young American and Japanese leaders who are committed to and engaged in strengthening U.S.-Japan relations, appreciate each other’s countries and cultures, and possess the global skills and mindsets needed to contribute to and thrive in a more cooperative, prosperous, and secure world.
Apply for a TOMODACHI Grant
2015-2016 Application Timeline
Deadline for Submission Program Committee Decisions Notified
January 15, 2016 March 31, 2016
July 15, 2016 September 30, 2016
October 15, 2016 December 30, 2016
*TOMODACHI typically awards grants in the range of $5,000-$80,000 per program, but all funding decisions are made on a case-by-case basis. The applicant pool is very competitive, and TOMODACHI encourages serious applications to contact tomodachigrants@
**For 2015-2016, TOMODACHI is particularly interested in programs with a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) focus, as well as programs that help prepare young women for careers in STEM or business fields
- Organizations submitting funding proposals must include proof of 501(c)(3) status (U.S. organizations) or non-profit status (Japanese organizations) with their application.
- The TOMODACHI Initiative will not fund individuals, only institutions.
The TOMODACHI Initiative will not consider proposals for the following:
- Programs with target participant group over the age of 35;
- Programs for commercial (profit-making) purposes;
- Political activities, election campaigns, or religious activities;
- Activities in support of specific doctrines or claims;
- Programs that are centered only around tourism/travel (i.e. without leadership component)
Alignment with TOMODACHI Mission and Vision
- Connect the United States and Japan
- Develop future young leaders in the United States and Japan
Potential for Meaningful Impact
- Provide programs that span the continuum of cross-cultural youth leadership development, from exposure and inspiration to learning, leadership development, and alumni engagement
- Expose underserved communities to foreign cultures
- Bring new and diverse voices to the U.S.-Japan relationship
- Offer life-transforming opportunities for high potential youth
- Address a need or tackle a challenge in an underserved area (geographic, demographic, social, sector)
After carefully reviewing eligibility and program requirements (above), applicants should complete the following documents and email them to: firstname.lastname@example.org
To be considered, applicants must submit the following forms:
3. Names, titles, and resumes of all staff who would help develop and implement the program.
4. Proof of organization’s non-profit status (501(c)(3) or Japanese documentation)
*All application materials must be in English and all financial figures/budget items should be in the currency in which you would like to receive the funds (i.e. Yen or Dollars)
TOMODACHI will collect the following supplementary information from successful grant applicants in order to process the funds transfer:
- Signed Implementer Agreement between recipient organization and TOMODACHI;
- Copy of recipient’s latest audited financial statement;
- Current list of recipient organization’s Board of Directors and Advisors;
- Bank account information for wire transfer of funds.
*Organizations that receive TOMODACHI funding must agree to adhere to guidelines for TOMODACHI logo usage
Please be advised that grant recipients will be required to submit several additional items prior to program launch, during the program (depending on the length), and upon completion of the program. Grant recipients will receive specific instructions from their assigned TOMODACHI Program Manager in the form of Implementer Guidelines. Post-program reports will be due within sixty (60) days of the completion date of the program or by the date specific in the Implementer Agreement. Post-program reports must include – but not be limited to – the following:
- Narrative Summary (TOMODACHI template will be provided);
- Financial Summary (TOMODACHI template will be provided);
- Participant Testimonials;
- Post-Program Participant Surveys (includes copies of both Implementer and TOMODACHI surveys).
Please contact email@example.com if you have any questions about the application process.