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New Zealand Japan Exchange Programme Grant 2023

Job details

Tui Tuia | Learning Circle - Languages
22 Dec 2022
Online, Overseas, National
Work type
Awards, grants & residencies
Work classification
Culture & Heritage


If you're someone who is passionate about creative projects linked to Japan with an arts or education background, don't miss this incredible opportunity! 

The NZJEP grant is calling for submission from artists, craftspeople, musicians, scholars, educators, film makers, and creatives of all kinds. We are looking to fund a number of creative projects in a broad range of formats: festivals, exhibitions, conferences, performances, etc. Your project must have a basis in or result from previous work relating to Japan (i.e. you will have prior, relevant and substantial interest in or connection with Japan). 

The New Zealand Japan Exchange Programme (NZJEP) was jointly established by the New Zealand and Japanese Governments in the early seventies to create a deeper understanding between the two countries on a broad educational and cultural basis. Your work will enable relations between these two countries to continue to flourish. 

We welcome projects that can be completed safely and in accordance with government restrictions/alert levels, such as online/virtual projects. A total pool of $26,500 is available.

Who can apply for the NZJEP grant?

Anyone who has educational or cultural knowledge or expertise relating to New Zealand and Japan that funding could transform into something more. This includes but is not limited to:

  • educators
  • artists
  • craftspeople
  • scholars

What can be funded?

A specific project that includes, but is not limited to:

  • being located within the educational or cultural sector.
  • enhancing the relationship between New Zealand and Japan.
  • having a multiplier effect.
  • meeting the criteria of ‘seeder funding’, not ‘maintenance funding’.​


Grants are not available for the sole purpose of enhancing the personal experience or personal knowledge of any individual or group. A proposal must involve a specific project.

The project should have a multiplier effect, in that the outcomes have an impact on the wider community. Grants should not be applied for when there are other more appropriate sources of funding available. Applications must be of 'seeder funding' not 'maintenance funding'. ‘Seeder’ meaning new/early-stage projects, ‘Maintenance’ meaning operational type expenses for an established project.

Applicants must describe how they are able to complete their projects safely and in accordance with government restrictions related to the covid-19 pandemic.

The project will need to be completed by 30 November 2023 in order to claim the grant. Recipients of grants are required to submit a report of their project using a provided template, before 1st December 2023.

For any queries, please contact the Tui Tuia languages team at

How to apply

Click through to our website to apply


Written by

Tui Tuia

17 Mar 2022