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Information on Invitation for Application for the FY2017 Grant


Acceptance of applications for the FY 2017 Grant ended on September 30th.
Invitation for applications for the Grant of the following fiscal year is announced via our website around July every year.


Details of the JEC Fund Grant

1 Grant-eligible projects

The JEC Fund Grant is offered to projects suitable for commemorating the success of the Japan World Exposition 1970 and contributing to promotion of public-interest international mutual understanding such as:


(1) Projects contributing to international cultural exchange and international goodwill

(2) International projects in the fields of academic study, education, social welfare, medical care, and hygiene and public health

(3) International projects designed for conservation of nature and human environment


* Please note that the “projects suitable for commemorating the success of the Japan World Exposition 1970 and contributing to public interest” refer to projects that meet the “Eligible Project Conditions” stated in the“Guidelines for Application.”


2 Total projected grant amount

Approx. 92,000,000 JPY (The total amount for domestic and overseas projects) (The grant money will be remitted in Japanese yen.)



3 Limit of the grant amount

The amount of the Grant is between 1,000,000 JPY and 10,000,000 JPY, and should be within half of the total of the grant-eligible project expenses. The limit of the grant amount is also specified for each type of project as follows.

(1) Performance or exhibition4,000,000yen
(2) International conference3,000,000yen
(3) Purchase of books2,000,000yen
(4) Publication of books or film/TV program/website production, etc.3,000,000yen
(5) Invitation or dispatch of experts3,000,000yen
(6) Purchase of equipment for learning Japanese5,000,000yen
(7) Purchase of equipment other than equipment for learning Japanese8,000,000yen
(8) Construction or enhancement of a facility10,000,000yen
(9) Exhibiting at an international exhibition10,000,000yen


4 Grant exceeding half of the total project expenses

If the GNI per capita of the country of the applicant organization is US$5,000 or less, and, if the Association judges that fund-raising for half of the total project expenses not covered by the JEC Fund Grant is difficult, the applicant organization is also eligible to receive a grant exceeding half of the total project expenses depending on the following categories.

(1) Country where the GNI per capita is US$5,000 or less

Within 90% of the total of the grant-eligible project expenses

(2) Country where the GNI per capita is US$5,000 or less and an IDA (International Development Association) financing qualified country

Within 100% of the total of the grant-eligible project expenses


*Please refer to the “Guidelines for Application” (booklet) for the details of the countries eligible to receive a grant exceeding half of the total project expenses.



5 Organizations eligible for the JEC Fund Grant

Eligibility for application is granted to foreign national governments, local governments, and other organizations carrying out projects contributing to the public interest.

* It does not matter whether the applying organization has corporate status or not.

* Individuals and for-profit corporations cannot apply for the JEC Fund Grant.


6 Acknowledgement of the JEC Fund

Implementing organizations should show an acknowledgement of funding (the JEC Fund) by the Association in at least one of the following items numbered (1) to (3). It should be noted that the grant amount may be reduced or may not be paid at all if the implementing organization fails to show an acknowledgement of the JEC Fund without good reason.

(1) PR materials (e.g., posters, programs, leaflets) and deliverables (e.g., reports, books, image files, DVDs and CD-ROMs)produced for the project

(2) Website

(3) Information board about the project (e.g., signboard)


Implementing organizations should submit the items numbered (1) to (3) above on which an acknowledgement of the JEC Fund is shown. However, if submission of the originals is impossible, photographs or other materials on which the acknowledgements are clearly visible should be submitted instead.

〔Examples〕
Examples of Acknowledgement of the JEC Fund
Examples of Acknowledgement of the JEC Fund
Examples of Acknowledgement of the JEC Fund



7 Screening of projects applying for the Grant

The projects applying for the Grant will be screened by the Japan World Exposition 1970 Commemorative Fund Screening Committee comprised of external committee members based on the evaluation criteria such as the level of importance and contribution of each project to society.



8 Project expenses to be covered by the Grant

The JEC Fund Grant will cover expenses that arise from April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018 directly necessary for the project that falls under the following categories:

(1) Expenses incurred during the implementation of the Grant eligible project

(2) Payments made for/expenses provided to persons other than the project implementing organization

※However, the following expenses shall not be covered by the Grant:

(1)Routine operating expenses of the project implementing organization

(2)Personnel expenses of the secretariat

(3)Performance fee or reward to be paid to the project implementing organization

(4)Food and drink, sightseeing and attraction expenses, special transportation charges (first class or business class airfare and Shinkansen bullet train first class (green) fare)

(5)Expenses incurred by a person accompanying a participant, etc.
However, expenses incurred by an attendant to a disabled participant may be covered by the Grant.

(6)Payments to an affiliated body of the project implementing organization (i.e., a co-hosting organization, a member organization of the executive committee, etc.)

※For some projects, the expense items to be covered by the Grant shall be specified at the time of the decision on the Grant’s qualification



9 Expense items to be covered by the Grant

The JEC Fund Grant will cover expenses including printing and binding expenses, venue rentals, stage-related expenses, equipment rentals, equipment purchases, book purchases, equipment transportation, travel expenses, transportation between sites, accommodation expenses, interpreter fees, translation fees, construction and enhancement costs, etc. Please refer to the “Guidelines for Application” (booklet) for details.



10 Project period

Between April 1st, 2017 and March 31st, 2018



11 Number of applications permitted

Only one application (for one project) is allowed per implementing organization.


Grant Application Procedures, etc.

1 Guidelines for Application and application forms

Please download the following files and complete the forms.

Application forms should be written in Japanese or English.


      Guidelines for Application  
Item Japanese English
Guidelines for Application (658KB) (621 KB)
Grant Application Form
Grant Application Notification Form
(164KB) (195KB)
Fund Allocation Table (42KB) (42KB)


2 Period for acceptance of applications

Applications will be accepted between August 1st, 2016 and September 30th, 2016. (Applications must be received by the Kansai Osaka 21st Century Association during this period.)

Applications not submitted within the period cannot be accepted under any circumstances.

When you submit your application documents to the Association, you need to submit separately a copy of the application form along with the “Grant Application Notification” to the local Embassy or Consulate General of Japan in accordance with the procedure described in the “Guidelines for Application.”



3 Where to submit

KANSAI OSAKA 21st Century Association
Japan World Exposition 1970 Commemorative Fund Department
Nakanoshima Center Building 29th Floor
6-2-27, Nakanoshima, Kita-ku, Osaka 530-6691, Japan


Matters to be Noted

1 Notice of results

All of the applicants will be notified of the results in writing (around March 2017).



2 When the grant money is paid

The grant money is paid after completion of the project in principle.

The grant money is paid only after the implementing organization has completed the project, paid all project expenses, and submitted a “Report on Completion of Project” to the Association, which will be reviewed to determine the amount of the Grant.