Black Canvas’ “Wor(L)d of My Bodies” is the final submission from one of 20 recipients of last year’s grant.

The Japan Foundation Manila (JFM) opens its call for proposals for the JFM Arts & Culture (JFMAC) grant for 2022. In the fields of film, Japanese studies, literature, music, performing arts and visual arts, the JFMAC grant is seeks to fund imaginative cultural initiatives that build solidarity between Japan and the Philippines.

Last year’s 20 grant recipients successfully implemented programs that brought the two cultures together in different forms. These included various projects such as butoh dance workshops by Kapwa-Movement Project, a collaborative cinema-physical theater project titled “Wor(L)d of My Bodies” by Black Canvas, intellectual exchange forums such as Salikhain Kolektib’s Resilience in Context forum, and virtual artist studio tours hosted by Load Na Dito, to name but a few.

While most of last year’s programs took place virtually, this year’s grant is now open to projects online, on-site, or even on hybrid platforms. Now that many restrictions have been lifted and more face-to-face interactions are occurring, the JFMAC grant looks forward to supporting programs with in-person participation.

Successful applicants for the grant receive funding, fellowships, and other forms of support that bring Japanese culture and expertise into their potential projects. Beneficiaries are eligible for support of P50,000.00 from the JFMAC grant, with possible adjustments depending on the proposal of up to P150,000.00. This can cover fees, promotion and other related costs.

For interested applicants who wish to learn more about the grant, there will be an online orientation on May 18 at 3 p.m. via zoom. Here, potential grantees can learn more about application procedures, Japanese participation requirements, financial obligations, and other relevant information to help them succeed in their application. Interested participants can register for the orientation via the following link:

Complete applications are due June 1 at 11:59 p.m. To get started, the team encourages applicants to read all details and application guidelines on the official website of the Japan Foundation, Manila: Candidates can also reach them by e-mail, [email protected]for further questions and clarifications.