U.S. Embassy Microgrant Initiative for Current JETs

The Microgrant Initiative for American JETs is funded by the U.S. Embassy Tokyo. This program provides small grants to JET participants working in Japan on the JET Programme to fund projects that introduce American culture and English language to students in their classrooms and to the local community.

Applications for the 2019-2020 grant year open August 15, 2019 at 5:00 ET.

Applications close September 16, 2019 at 11:59 ET.

  • The application form is located at the bottom of the page.
  • If you have questions about the Microgrant Initiative, please check out the Microgrant FAQ here.
  • If you have any questions not answered in the FAQ, you may reach us at contact@usjetaa.org.

Project Summaries

Take a look at all of the projects that were approved for the 2018-2019 grant year. Read about the project results on our blog!

Grants selected for 2018-2019

Grant Reports

2019-2020 Application

Opens 5 PM ET August 15, 2019

Closes 11:59 PM ET September 16, 2019

If you have questions about the Microgrant Initiative, please check out the Microgrant FAQ here.

If you would like to draft your application before submitting it, you may use this word document of the application questions. However, the application must be submitted using the below form to be considered.

American JETs Microgrant Initiative 2019-2020

Application from for U.S. Embassy Tokyo and USJETAA Microgrant Program for American JETs. Application Opens August 15, 2019; Closes September 16, 2019.
  • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY
  • Only include the name of the school(s) that will be part of the project.
  • All applicants must be residing in JAPAN. Please use the address where you would like any correspondence sent with regards to this project. Please use alphabet characters to write your address.
  • If you are partnering with another JET or a Japanese teacher, please list their information here. (Name, Affiliation, Citizenship)
  • Are you an ALT, CIR, or SEA? What are your three main responsibilities as a JET (teaching, grading, translating, etc.)?
  • Example: Year 3 students at XX middle school and their parents.
  • Example: U.S. Study Abroad Info Session by American JET Embassy Volunteers (AJEV)
  • Please include the people and organizations who will be involved in carrying out the project, all of the components of the project, where the project will take place (possible venues), the general timeline of your project and whether your project is one event or multiple events.

    Example: A group of three U.S. JETs will organize an information session about U.S. exchange study for approximately 40 Japanese high school and university students and their parents. The organizers will recruit Japanese who recently studied in U.S. high schools and universities. Those “returnees” will speak about their varied experiences. Participants will have a chance to speak with the returnees in small groups before enjoying light refreshments.
  • Please explain the impact you think the proposed project will have within your community and school. In particular, we will be looking for impact that promotes English learning, American culture, studying in the U.S., women's empowerment, STEM education, or sports/art exchange. Please also let us know if your project creates a physical resources, such as an English library.
  • Please indicate amount in U.S. dollars. The proposed amount may be adjusted by USJETAA based on amounts given to similar projects.
    Please enter a number from 200 to 1000.
  • Please include budget expenses for specific items. Proposed amount may include budgets for program refreshments, but alcohol is strictly forbidden. Venue rental may be included as a budget expense. Copies of all receipts will be required as part of the final budget report. Please estimate costs using USD. Be as detailed as possible.

    Venue capable of holding 100+ people for event: $250
    Ingredients and materials for refreshments: $300
    Budget for reimbursing travel costs/volunteers/performers: $200
    Games and activities and prizes: $150
    Decorations: $100
  • Are you able to receive funds to a U.S. bank account or via PayPal? Answer Yes or No and indicate which is preferred. This is strongly encouraged in order to receive funds more quickly at the start of the project.
  • Projects should begin no earlier than November 1, 2019 but are able to occur anytime within the program duration November 2019-May 2020.
  • All projects must be completed by May 31, 2020
  • All funds will be dispersed between October 14 and November 15, 2019.
  • I understand that by receiving this grant I agree that USJETAA may use my name, project, and location in promoting the grant publicly. Exceptions may be made for special circumstances.
  • If there is any additional information you feel is pertinent to your application, please note it here.