Our Aim

The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation seeks to promote mutual understanding and cooperation between the UK and Japan through financial support for activities in a number of fields, from Arts and Culture to Humanities and Social Issues, from Japanese Language and Sport and Education, from Science and Technology to Medicine and Health.

The Foundation’s Head Office is in London and there is a Liaison Office in Tokyo.

The London office has three annual deadlines for their awards, and the Tokyo office has two annual deadlines. For further details on our grants, please click here.

The next London deadline for applications is 31st March 2021 for consideration in May 2021.

The next Tokyo deadline for applications is 30th September 2021 for consideration in October 2021.


  • Change of CEO

Message from the CEO, Brendan Griggs

I shall be retiring as CEO of the Foundation at the end of November 2020. It has been a pleasure and a great privilege to have led the Foundation over the past four and a half years. I am most grateful to all our partners and friends for their support and encouragement in recent years: it has been truly inspiring to work with you all in making such a significant contribution to the Japan-UK relationship. I am delighted that the Board of Trustees has appointed Jenny White as my successor. Jenny comes to us with a range of experience in cultural relations from her time with the British Council (including a lengthy period in Japan). She has a strong interest in Japanese contemporary culture, as well as in sustainability and innovation. I am confident that she will make a significant contribution to the development of the Foundation’s work in the coming years.

Incoming CEO Jenny White writes:

I am delighted and honoured to be joining the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation and continuing the excellent work of my predecessor. This is truly an international organisation, supporting and celebrating what can be achieved when people connect and share culture and ideas. I am very much looking forward to working with my colleagues, our Trustees and partners to develop these connections to make a real difference in UK-Japan relations and help find solutions to some of the many global challenges we face today.

  • The Last Mile

The Last Mile is a documentary film following our Patron, Mr Yohei Sasakawa, on his journey as the WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Leprosy Elimination. For more than 40 years, Mr Sasakawa has carried on the battle against the disease, visiting remote locations around the globe in an effort to eradicate leprosy and restore human dignity. The film is now available for everyone to watch on YouTube.

Recently Funded

  • Japan: Courts and Culture for the first time brings together highlights from the Royal Collection of the exchanges between British and Japanese royal and imperial families in a forthcoming exhibition at the Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace.
  • E. A. Hornel: From Camera to Canvas is the first major retrospective of Hornel’s art for over 35 years, featuring work inspired by Japan, Edinburgh City Art Centre, 7th November 2020 – 14th March 2021.
  • Japanese video artist Meiro Koizumi is shortlisted for the Artes Mundi 9 Prize, with his work to be exhibited as part of the Artes Mundi 9 exhibition in Cardiff, along with five other international artists, 13th February – 6th June 2021.

More information on projects funded by the Foundation can be found in our Annual Reports.

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The Japan-UK Season of Culture is a series of wide-ranging activities to celebrate and encourage relations between the two countries.
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