– Deadline: April 30, 2017 –

The Niwano Peace Foundation inaugurated its grant-awarding activities in 1979, the year after its establishment, to support research and activities that foster peace. Grants have been awarded every year since then.

Under the overall rubric of all fields having to do with religion, grants are awarded to support research and activities in such areas as religious cooperation, the societal role of religion, religious conflict and its reconciliation, progress in religion and technology, religion and medicine, and dedicated social activities undertaken in a religious spirit.


At present NPF are awarding grants in the following two categories:

Social activities based on a religious spirit

Activities for individual and community welfare and peace, both physical and spiritual, based on a religious spirit that emerges from reverence for God, Buddha, or other universal spiritual reality. In particular, peace-making activities related to education, volunteer work, development cooperation, environmental protection, human rights or social problems of an aging society done in a spirit of religious tolerance which transcends religious boundaries.

Grass-roots activities deployed on a local community

Activities to vitalize local communities through interdisciplinary workshops and meetings with particular emphasis on collaboration by groups and individuals from diverse organizations and religious groups. It is expected to come up with some new values of the independent mind. Examples would be workshops and outreach programs to inspire the people to think about how people living in the far away countries are related to their own lives, or to encourage development of local activities in which people “think globally, and act locally.”

Eligible Projects/Activities

  • Practical activities, short‐term or long‐term, directly related to peace building.
  • Activities which stimulate activities not only in one’s own field but as well in other fields and can be creative and pioneering models for realization of peace.

Eligibility Criteria

  • An application may be made by either an individual or an organization. Nationality is not a criterion for eligibility.
  • Any group which has been in continuous existence for a reasonable length of time is eligible to apply, whether or not it is legally incorporated.

How to Apply

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