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Applying program

Projects must promote international understanding, exchange, and cooperation, and must accord with program policy of SPF and program guidelines of SPF special funds.

Regular Projects


1. Efforts to Ensure Peace and Security in the International Community
1.1 Peace Building and Security Issues
1.2 Non-Traditional Security Issues
2. Addressing Positive and Negative Aspects of Globalization
2.1 Market and Disparities Issues
2.2 Issues Involving Demographic Changes and Population Movement
2.3 Interface Issues between Science and Technology and Society
3. Promotion of Mutual Understanding between Priority Regions and Japan
3.1 Exchange Program between Japan and the United States

The Sasakawa Pacific Island Nations Fund


1. Cooperation for Peace and Solidarity between Maritime States.
1.1 Maritime Management in the Micronesian Region
1.2 Communication and Exchange for Maritime Safety
2. Cooperation with Development Towards Self-Supporting Island Nations
2.1 Education
2.2 Health Care
2.3 Information Sharing

The Sasakawa Pan Asia Fund


1. Promotion of Further Mutual Understanding
2. Commitment to Sustainable Development
3. Contribution to Regional Stability

The Sasakawa Middle East Islam Fund


1. Facilitating the Exchange of Knowledge and Policies, and Building an Intellectual Platform
2. Human and Cultural Exchange
3. Information and Communication

The Sasakawa Japan-China Friendship Fund


1. Personnel Exchange and Dialogue
2. Information Sharing and Groundwork Activities for Mutual Understanding
3. Cooperation for Social and Economic Development

General Conditions

Projects involving the following activities are ineligible for grants:

  • Purchase of real estate or other capital assets and construction of buildings
  • Subsidization of an organization's operating expenses
  • Purely theoretical research
  • Disaster relief and other relief activities
  • Events of a commercial nature
  • Personal requests by individuals
  • Applications for scholarships
  • Creation of an endowment or other fund
  • Purchase of equipment or other goods
  • Cultural or artistic activities (exhibitions, dance performances, etc.)


Nonprofit organizations and Voluntary organizations are eligible to apply for grants. Businesses and individuals are ineligible. Applications are accepted regardless of nationality.

Grant Period

From 1 to 3 years. SPF awards grants annually. The SPF budget year begins April 1, and ends the following March 31. Regardless of the start date of a project, it should end in March, at which time expenditure and narrative reports of the results should be submitted.

Selection Procedures

Points to Note

  • Submitted documents will not be returned.
  • Once an application has been submitted, it cannot be altered.
  • SPF cannot respond to inquiries about application results.
  • Applications cannot be submitted online or by e-mail.
  • Please do not deviate from the prescribed number of words or application format. Modified applications may not be accepted.
  • Privacy Policy
    The personal information supplied by applicants will be used to screen and select projects, to produce statistics, and for administrative purposes such as contacting the person in question. Unless otherwise specified by law, SPF will not disclose personal information to third parties without the consent of the person(s) concerned.
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