Regional – Asia

Frances Blakemore Asian Art Grants

Grants to tax-exempt organizations in the United States such as museums, universities and other educational or art-related institutions for programs, exhibits or publications that improve the understanding of Asian fine arts in the United States. Applications for 2013 art grants will be accepted by invitation only.

The Blakemore Foundation
1201 Third Avenue, Suite 4900
Seattle, Washington 98101-3266
Phone: (206) 359-8778
Fax: (206) 359-9778
Email: or

Asian Cultural Council

Individual fellowships: any gifted individual artist or scholar who seeks to grow in his or her craft or field can apply for funding to conduct research and study, receive specialized training, undertake observation tours, or pursue non-commercial creative activity in the United States or among the countries of Asia. When awarding individual grants, the ACC devotes special attention to arranging programs tailored specifically to the needs and professional objectives of each grantee.
Organization Grants: funding arts, educational, and cultural organizations for projects of exceptional importance to the fostering of cultural dialogue between Asia and the United States or devoted to regional exchange among the countries of Asia.
Individual fellowship funding takes priority over grants to organizations.
The ACC has offices in New York, Taipei, Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Manila.

Asian Cultural Council
6 West 48th St., 12th Floor
New York, NY 10036-1802
Phone: (212) 843-0403
Fax: (212)843-0343

Japan Foundation

The mission of the Japan Foundation is to promote international cultural exchange and mutual understanding between Japan and other countries. The Japan Foundation activities, aiming for comprehensive and effective development of its international cultural exchange programs, consist of following three major categories, one of which is Arts & Cultural Exchange. A wide variety of opportunities are available, mostly for institutions.


The Japan Foundation has two offices in the U.S.:

The Japan Foundation – New York Office
Carnegie Hall Tower
152 West 57th Street, 17th Floor
New York, NY 10019
Phone: (212) 489-0299
Fax: (212) 489-0409

Japan Foundation – Los Angeles Office and Language Center

333 South Grand Avenue, Suite 2250
Los Angeles, CA 90071
Phone: (213) 621-2267
Fax: (213) 621-2590

The Japan Foundation has offices in many countries around the world. Five of these locations are in the Americas. In addition to the above, there are offices in Toronto, Mexico City, and Sao Paolo. Information about them is available here.

US/Japan Creative Artists’ Program

Three-month residencies in Japan for artists working in a variety of disciplines.

Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission
1201 15th St. NW, Suite 330
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: (202) 653-9800
Fax: (202) 653-9802

American Institute of Indian Studies

Senior Performing and Creative Arts Fellowships: available to accomplished practitioners of the performing arts of India and creative artists who demonstrate that study in India would enhance their skills, develop their capabilities to teach or perform in the U.S., enhance American involvement with India’s artistic traditions, and strengthen their links with peers in India.

American Institute of Indian Studies
1130 E. 59th St.
Chicago, IL  60637
Phone: (773) 702-8638