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Fukutake Foundation for the Promotion of Regional Culture

Address:
850 Naoshima-cho, Kagawa-gun,
Kagawa Pref. Japan 761-3110
Phone: +81-87-892-4455
FAX: +81-87-892-4466

Email: development@fukutake.or.jp
http://www.fukutake.or.jp/development/index.shtml (Japanese only)
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Fukutake Foundation for the Promotion of Regional Culture 
    The Fukutake Foundation for the Promotion of Regional Culture was established in December of 2007 by Soichiro Fukutake, Representative Chairman and CEO of one of Japan’s major companies in the fields of education correspondence courses and publishing, Benesse Corporation (Headquarters: Okayama City, Okayama Pref.; Founded: 1955) as a non-profit organization dedicated to the re-development and promotion of regional culture in Japan. Building on long years of experience particularly in the area of contemporary art, such as running the Benesse Art Site Naoshima in Naoshima and supporting Echigo – Tsumari Art Triennial “Festival of the Earth” contemporary art festival in Niigata prefecture, the Fukutake Foundation works in cooperation with the people of regional communities to provide ongoing support for community-based programs.
    The Foundation works in tie-ups with regional public sector organizations to promote and support creative and culturally beneficial artistic activities focusing on the citizens of regional communities with the aim of revitalizing community life and industry. Through these activities the Foundation seeks to contribute to the cultural and economic vitalization and enrichment of life in regional communities.
    Activities focus on supporting the creation of local culture in the different regions of Japan, promoting the active participation of local citizens and residents in cultural and arts activities, preservation and reconstruction of land and buildings born of unique local history and culture and preservation and reconstruction of unique local landscapes and scenery. The foundation was established with an original endowment of 5.8 billion yen (approx. $ 54 million).
+Main Programs

1. Grants for regional programs
Purpose: Working in cooperation with regional public-sector organizations, these grants aim to support community-initiated cultural creative activities and support and education for organizations and individuals that promote cultural exchange between regional communities.
Recipients: Programs operating in Japan that meet the following requirements:
  -Programs operating in cooperation with regional public-sector organizations
  -Programs that contribute to regional promotion and development
  -Programs that are non-profit in purpose
    [Examples] Arts festivals, exhibitions, operation of culture/arts facilities, etc.
Grant fund (total/annual): 85 million yen (20 to 50 million yen grants per program)

2. Support for events
Purpose: Support and education for organizations and individuals involved in presenting performances or events that bring creative and culturally beneficial artistic activities to the regional communities.
Recipients: Programs operating in Japan that meet the following requirements:
  -Programs operating in cooperation with regional public-sector organizations
  -Programs that contribute to regional promotion and development
  -Programs that are non-profit in purpose
    [Examples] Music festivals, theater, traditional arts, festivals, etc.
Grant fund (total/annual): 3 million yen (500,000 to 1 million yen per program)

3. Research grants
Purpose: Support and education for organizations and individuals engaging in surveys, research, information gathering and dissemination, training programs, exchanges, education or consulting aimed at improving the environment for creative and culturally beneficial artistic activities.
Recipients: Programs operating in Japan that meet the following requirements:
  -Programs operating in cooperation with regional public-sector organizations
  -Programs that contribute to regional promotion and development
  -Programs that are non-profit in purpose
    [Examples] University surveys/research, friendship programs, personnel training, designated management, etc.
Grant fund (total/annual): 12 million yen (3 to 5 million yen per program)
 
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