NZJEP 2021


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.

The programme funds a broad range of educational and cultural projects by educationalists or artists and the interchange of educational and cultural material through formats such as festivals, exhibitions, performances and conferences. Thus enabling relations between the countries 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 funding

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’.


For more information please contact:


Application Deadline

Grant applications for 2021 close at 5pm on the Friday, May 14th. 



Additional Information


  • 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.
  • For projects based in New Zealand, a project must have a basis in or result from previous work relating to Japan (i.e. there should be evidence of a prior, relevant and substantial interest in or connection with Japan).
  • 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/alert levels.
  • Recipients of grants are required to submit a report of their project using a provided template, before 1 December 2021.


Important notes

  • The NZJEP Selection Committee's decision is final, and further correspondence will not be entered into.
  • Should circumstances prevent an applicant from accepting a grant, there is no guarantee that a re-application in subsequent years would be successful.
  • A curriculum vitae of each Project Lead must be submitted with this application.
  • Evidence of project support from elsewhere would be regarded as advantageous.
  • Successful applicants will need to pay for all expenses up-front then claim these costs at the end.  You will need to provide all GST receipts in order to receive reimbursement.
  • The project will need to be completed by 30 November 2021 in order to claim the grant.
  • Shortlisted projects may be contacted for a short Zoom interview.


For any queries, please contact Future Learning Solutions on


Teacher Experience

Click on the below links to read accounts from previous NZJEP recipients.


'Japan Foundation Sydney Seminar, January 2020' and' The Melting Pots of New Zealand and Japan'.

'The Bonds We Share' and 'Japanese Immersion Camp in Springfield for Darfield High School Students!'