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Daiwa Foundation Small Grants for UK or Japan Citizens 2024

Daiwa Foundation Small Grants are available to individuals, societies, associations or other bodies in the UK or Japan to promote and support interaction between the two countries.

Aim and Benefits 

Grants of £2,000-£9,000 are available to individuals, societies, associations or other bodies in the UK or Japan to promote and support interaction between the two countries.

In order to fund as many applications as we possibly can, given our limited budget, we typically award in the region of £3,000 to £4,000 to successful Small Grant applications. Our funding rarely covers an application’s budget in full, but is meant to be a “contribution” to the proposed project.


Daiwa Foundation Small Grants can cover all fields of activity, including educational and grassroots exchanges, research travel, the organisation of conferences, exhibitions, and other projects and events that fulfil this broad objective. New initiatives are especially encouraged.

Here is a link to a press release introducing the results of our most recent funding round (March 2023).

Daiwa Foundation Small Grants cannot be used for:

  • General appeals
  • Capital expenditure (eg, building refurbishment, equipment acquisition, etc)
  • Consumables (eg, stationery, scientific supplies, etc)
  • School, college or university fees
  • Research or study by an individual school/college/university student
  • Salary costs or professional fees
  • Commissions for works of art
  • Rtrospective grants
  • Replacement of statutory funding
  • Commercial activities

Application Deadline

September 30, 2024

How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation on to apply

UK-based applicants can apply online. Applications from Japan should be posted to the Tokyo Office.

There are two application deadlines each year, 31 March (for a decision by 31 May) and 30 September (for a decision by 30 November). However, the Foundation encourages applicants to submit their application as early as possible. The Foundation is also happy to provide advice about possible applications – please contact [email protected].

The online application for the March 2024 round is available below. You can click on the “application notes” to read these, and on the “application” to begin the process of applying.

Please read the section below (Important) before beginning the application.




The application form cannot handle special characters/symbols. If you are having problems with the application, it may be due to extraneous symbols. Sometimes characters can be hidden (when copying and pasting into the application form). In this case, please copy the text into “notepad”, clean any strange encoding and copy back from notepad into the application text box.

The application form cannot handle Japanese characters, macrons and symbols such as  ~ .
Hyphens and questions marks are fine, but try and avoid bullet points. Please feel free to indicate new paragraphs using //. 
“Completed” (submitted)   applications are imported into our system as word documents and reformatted in-house so please do not worry unduly about the appearance of the text you are importing. 

For more details visit: DAJF website.

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