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Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership Offers Funding for Travel Grants to Japan

The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (www.cgp.org) has announced a Request for Proposals for travel to Japan in order to build networks
between the Japanese and U.S. nonprofit sectors. Through site visits and meetings with their counterparts in Japan, U.S. nonprofit practitioners and/or researchers exchange knowledge and expertise with the hope of forming a longer-term partnership. After returning to the United States, the individual(s) share their experiences through a small event for the general public, nonprofit professionals from other organizations, and/or researchers. Examples of eligible issue areas include aging societies, civic participation, disaster management, homelessness, and the environment. Applicants are not limited to these specific issue areas, and CGP encourages innovative exploration of various issues that are of mutual concern to Japan and the United States. Applications will be reviewed based on the following criteria: qualifications of the U.S. visitor to Japan (nonprofit practitioners and researchers with extensive
networks in the U.S. nonprofit community and a broad knowledge base in the selected issue area will be given preference); relevance of the selected issue area for U.S.-Japan exchange; and potential for a longer-term partnership or project for which participants could seek funding through CGP’s Grassroots Exchange Program. Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded. Nonprofit organizations in the United States are eligible to apply. Interested individuals must apply through an affiliated U.S. nonprofit 501(c)(3) institution. More information about the Grassroots Exchange Program, including past recipients of travel grants, can be found at the CGP Web site. The deadline for applications is April 21, 2006.

Amy Lang
Amy Lang is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions at the University of British Columbia. She wrote her dissertation on British Columbia’s groundbreaking Citizens’ Assembly process, and is currently doing follow-up research on the Ontario Citizens’ Assembly.

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