What we do


We provide support for creative activities that enhance the appeal of Tokyo’s arts and culture and communicate them to the world and for artistic activities that promote the culture of each community, traditional performing arts and tackle various social and urban issues.

Creation Grant


To support both diverse creative activities that help to enhance Tokyo’s appeal as a city and the people who lead those activities, we offer grants to Tokyo-based artists and arts organizations to cover part of the cost of their activities. The grant covers a diverse range of creative fields, including performing arts such as theater, music, dance and traditional performing arts, visual arts such as painting, sculpture, and video art, and innovative new creative endeavors for which no genre yet exists.

Regional Grant


Open to projects in Tokyo that showcase the diverse cultural features of each region and spread the word about them to a wide audience at home and overseas, this program supports activities that enhance each area’s appeal, thereby contributing to regional revitalization. This program provides partial financial support for activities that publicize intangible folk cultural properties in Tokyo and ongoing projects tapping into regional cultural resources, undertaken in partnership with the local communities.

Social Grant


This program provides financial support to Tokyo-based arts organizations, welfare organizations, and NPOs for artistic activities that involve people from various social environments working together and demonstrating their creativity while respecting each other’s individuality, and activities that tap into the distinctive features of arts and culture to tackle various social and urban issues. We support pioneering activities that posit new significance for arts and culture in society, activities that promote approaches to arts that are open to everyone, and activities with a long-term perspective that steadily contribute to solving issues.

Startup Grant


We will provide support for up-and-coming artists and arts organizations taking on the challenge of fresh artistic and creative activities, who aspire to become active in Tokyo’s arts scene. Aimed towards participation in performances, exhibitions, art projects, and international festivals in Tokyo or overseas as well as international collaborations etc., we provide startup support allowing young talent to lay the groundwork for future artistic endeavors.

Traditional Arts Practice Grant


This program provides financial support for projects offering encounters with a variety of traditional performing arts that are accessible even to complete novices and provide them with opportunities for continuing engagement. It aims to promote the development of traditional performing arts by providing opportunities to experience for themselves the fascination of traditional performing arts and by expanding the number of people who take lessons on a daily basis.

Life with Art Grant


We will launch a new assistance program, the “Life With Art Grant,” in FY 2021.
There are myriad ways to enjoy the arts and culture—creating art, experiencing works and performances, owning and collecting artworks, incorporating art into one’s daily life, supporting the arts as a volunteer, and more.
Along with these activities, we will introduce lesser-known and completely new approaches to the enjoyment of art. We will also support projects and basic services which create opportunities for Tokyo residents to become better acquainted with artistic and cultural activities.
Through this grant program, we aim to make the arts and culture an integral and more familiar part of the lives of people in Tokyo, and to help support artists and their work.

Grants that have finished already

Large Scale Events Grant


With the lifting of the state of emergency and other measures seeing a gradual easing of restrictions on the holding of events and various cultural projects, we are taking the opportunity to support artists and organizations engaging in artistic and cultural activities in a situation that remains challenging. In addition, by supporting artistic and cultural activities we aim to keep the light of culture alive and ensure that citizens of Tokyo have sustained opportunities to have contact with and enjoy arts and culture.
This Large Scale Events Grant is targeted at projects involving the implementation of multiple programs through the participation of multiple arts-related groups and organizations, so as to support more artists and staff members.

Tokyo Tokyo FESTIVAL Grant Program


We will provide support to activities that increase public awareness, in order to promote opportunities surrounding the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. By supporting programs and projects that are topical and festive as well as grounded in the philosophies of the Tokyo-led Cultural Program, we will actively promote partnerships with a variety of sectors including private enterprise.
*Formerly Tokyo Cultural Program Grant