Japan Fund for Global Environment: Grants for NGOs

Deadline: 12 February 2014
Open to: non-governmental organizations or a non-profit organizations working in the area of environmental conservation
Grant: Average grant per project is 4 million yen


The Environmental Restoration and Conservation Agency of Japan (ERCA) has established the Japan Fund for Global Environment (JFGE) through an initial endowment from the Japanese government together with contributions from the private sector, including individuals and private corporations. The interest accrued from these funds is then used to provide support to NGOs working in the area of environmental conservation.

The Japan Fund for Global Environment has been supporting various environmental conservation projects in and outside Japan from the time of its establishment in 1993. With a broader objective to develop national movements to protect the global environment, JFGE aims to support the NGO projects for environmental conservation in developing regions with immediate needs; strengthen Japan’s involvement in global environmental conservation; and to offer people from different fields and classes a chance as a Global Citizen, to participate actively in environmental NGO projects or to contribute money to support environmental NGO projects.


The JFGE supports non-government organizations that work hard and steady for environmental cooperation at a grassroots level from the viewpoint of global environmental conservation. Eligible organizations will be juridical persons or other organizations that are non-profit and base their activities on the public will. This qualification includes foundations, incorporated association, specified non-profit organizations. Unincorporated associations are also included. Business enterprises and local public bodies are not eligible.

Because this grant program is financed with government and private contributions and the grants are awarded through an official system, it is necessary to ensure that grants’ money are used in accordance with the stated goals and that the projects awarded grants are actually implemented.

To give this assurance, grant recipient organizations must be non-government organizations that are engaged in global environmental conservation activities and that are one of the following:

1. Juridical persons in Japan established in accordance with the provisions of Article 34 of Japan’s Civil Code, or their equivalent nonprofit organizations.

2. Organizations in Japan founded in accordance with the provisions of Article 10 of Japan’s Law to Promote Specified Nonprofit Activities and engaged in specified nonprofit activities.

3. Non-governmental, nonprofit, unincorporated associations that satisfy all the requirements below:

  • The association must possess Articles of Incorporation or equivalent bylaws.
  • The association must possess a well-established body that makes decisions for the organization and implements the project for which the Grant is requested.
  • The association must possess an accounting structure capable of bookkeeping and self-auditing.
  • The association must possess an office that serves as a base of their activities.
  • The association must be deemed to have capacity to execute the project for which the Grant is sought, judging from its track record.


Two types of grant are available for this year. If your organization was established less than ten years ago and it is the first time to be granted by JFGE, you must download the Entry grant  guide. Otherwise download the Regular Grant guide.


The deadline for applying is 12 February 2014.

Download the Grant Application Form for new projects HERE ( Grant Application Form (New Projects) (PDF 460KB) ) or for continuing projects HERE ( Grant Application Form (Continued Projects) (PDF 442KB) ). The following procedures should be fulfilled:

  1. Organizations wishing to apply for the JFGE Grant must submit the Grant Application Form during the fixed time period for that fiscal year (beginning of January to middle of February) to the Environmental Restoration and Conservation Agency (see contact details below).
  2. The Environmental Restoration and Conservation Agency shall conduct a review and hearing on the contents of the grant applications. An informal decision on grant recipients and grant amounts will be made based on the opinion of the JFGE Management Council. The selected organization will be sent a notification of informal approval for JFGE Grant.
  3. If the selected organization decides to accept the contents of the informal approval, the organization must prepare the Letter of Consent for JFGE Grant based on the informally approved amount and send it to the Environmental Restoration and Conservation Agency within a month.
  4. The Environmental Restoration and Conservation Agency, upon receipt of the Letter, will examine the contents of the Letter and then send a Notification of JFGE Grant Approval to the approved organization.

Environmental Restoration and Conservation Agency Department of The Japan Fund for Global Environment address:

Muza Kawasaki Central Tower, 8th floor 1310, Omiya-cho, Saiwaiku, Kawasaki City, Kanagawa Prefecture 212-8554, Japan
Fax 81-44-520-2190
E-mail jfge@erca.go.jp

For further information, please visit the official website.

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