U.S. Embassy Microgrant Initiative for Current JETs

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

The 2022 Application is Open From: October 1 – November 15, 2022

  • The application form is located below. Before filling out the form, please be mindful of these deadlines and reporting requirements:
    • Application Opens: October 1, 2022
    • Application Closes: November 15, 2022
    • Awardees Notified by December 1, 2022
    • Microgrant Agreement Signing deadline: December 15, 2022
    • Grantees projects begin/funding disbursement begins: January 10, 2023
    • Microgrant recipients whose projects begin before April 1, 2023 who have not yet submitted a final report are required to submit an interim project report by: April 12, 2023
    • Microgrant recipients whose projects begin after April 1, 2023 who have not yet submitted a final report are required to submit an interim report by September 30, 2023
    • Grantees Projects end: February 29, 2024
    • Microgrant recipients must submit final reports with 30 days of the end of their project or at the latest by  March 15, 2024
    • Microgrant recipients must complete a survey about their experience with the grant to provide feedback to USJETAA on the administration of the grant: March 15, 2024
    • Microgrant Recipients Informed of selections by mid-December
  • The information session for the 2022 application will be held on October 26th at 8:00PM JST (7:00AM EDT). Register here. 
  • If you have questions about the Microgrant Initiative, please check out the Microgrant FAQ here. (FAQ 日本語)
  • If you have any questions not answered in the FAQ, you may reach us at contact@usjetaa.org.

Information about the program in Japanese:

2021 Microgrant Initiative for American JETs Information Session



If you have questions about the Microgrant Initiative, please check out the Microgrant FAQ here or email us at contact@usjetaa.org.

Please use this form to plan out your application answers (make sure to insert your answers into the actually application form below and hit submit to apply): 2022 Microgrant Offline Application Form


Past Project Summaries

Grants selected for 2019-2020

Grant Reports

American JETs Microgrant Initiative 2022

Application for U.S. Embassy Tokyo and USJETAA Microgrant Program for American JETs. Application Opens October 1, 2022; Closes November 15, 2022 at 11:59 PM JST.

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Are you a U.S. Citizen? *Applicants must be U.S. Citizens*
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Mailing Address*
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)
Projects should begin no earlier than January 10, 2023 but are able to occur anytime within the program duration January 10, 2023-February 29, 2024.
All projects must be completed by February 29, 2024.
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. Please keep in mind restrictions in your area due to covid-19 and plan a project that you would be able to carry out during the project period. If you are in an area that does not allow in-person events, please consider doing a virtual event or creating a resource for your community.

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. Please briefly state any plans you have for continuing your project after the end of the grant. Your project should promote English language learning and study abroad. In particular, we will be looking for impact that: Offers information and resources necessary for Japanese students when considering studying in the United States; introduces world-class higher education in the United States to Japanese students; encourages Japanese students to learn English as a communication tool; provides show and tell about American education and/or its system to Japanese students. If your project creates a physical resources, such as an English library, please also let us know the long term impact of that resource.
Please indicate the amount in U.S. dollars. The minimum is 200USD and the maximum award amount is 1000USD. 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.

Being able to receive funds to a U.S. Bank account or via PayPal is strongly encouraged in order to receive funds more quickly at the start of the project.
All funds will be dispersed between January 10 and February 10, 2023.
Information Use*
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 and requests for privacy. In that case, check Yes and contact us so we can accommodate your request.
If there is any additional information you feel is pertinent to your application, please note it here.
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