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.

Information in Japanese:

Applications Open: October 15, 2020

Proposal Deadline: November 15, 2020 at 11:59 PM JST

Awardees Announced: January 15, 2021

  • The application form will located below from October 15, 2020
  • 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.

Microgrant Initiative for American JETs Information Session

Oct 20, 2020 09:00 PM Osaka, Sapporo, Tokyo

Have questions about this program? Please join USJETAA and US Embassy Tokyo for an information session on the 2020 Microgrant Initiative for American JETs. This session will give you the basic information on applying to the program and answer any your questions.

Register for the info session here.


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

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): Microgrant 2020 Offline Application Form

American JETs Microgrant Initiative 2020

Application from for U.S. Embassy Tokyo and USJETAA Microgrant Program for American JETs. Application Opens October 15, 2020; Closes November 15, 2020 at 11:59 PM JST.
  • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY
  • 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 15, 2021 but are able to occur anytime within the program duration January 15, 2021-February 28, 2022.
  • All projects must be completed by February 28, 2022.
  • 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.

    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. 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 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.
  • All funds will be dispersed between January 15 and February 15, 2021.
  • 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.
  • If there is any additional information you feel is pertinent to your application, please note it here.


Past Project Summaries

Grants selected for 2019-2020

Grant Reports