Noh Reimagined © Mu: Arts. Supported by a Daiwa Foundation Small Grant, September 2015

Daiwa Foundation Small Grants

Grants of £2,000-£7,000 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 £3,000 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.

What kind of project is eligible?

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.

What kind of project is not eligible?

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
  • retrospective grants
  • replacement of statutory funding
  • commercial activities

How 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

Please apply using our online application form below.

Please read the online application notes:

Online application notes

before beginning the application form:

Daiwa Foundation Small Grants and Daiwa Foundation Award 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.

Please click here to see what questions will be asked on the form – this PDF is for reference only


All applicants are notified by letter from the Foundation. The decision of the Trustees is final and the Foundation is unable to discuss unsuccessful applications.


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