Purpose of the Program:

The program is offered so that cultural properties outside Japan, the common heritage of human, be handed down to future generations.

Eligible Projects for Application:

(1) Projects for the protection, preservation & restoration of cultural properties (i.e., fine arts or historical monuments) outside Japan, which are tangible, old and artistically or academically valuable, and ought to be handed down to future generations.

(2) Preliminary surveys immediately linked up with the projects as mentioned in (1) above.

Qualification of Applicant:

(1) Applicant shall be the owner(s) or administrator(s) of the cultural properties or researcher(s), who will actually conduct preliminary surveys.

(2) The following are not eligible:

(@) profit-making corporations,

(A) individuals who own cultural properties for profit or whose cultural properties are for private use only.

Fiscal 2022 Program:


From this year, applications for this program should be submitted through the website of The Sumitomo Foundation. Please access the following URL for the application.

Link for Application

Application Guide, Procedure & Instruction for Application, and Application Form  for Fiscal 2022 are attached below for your reference only.

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Language for Application:

English or Japanese


The selection of applications will be made by the Foundationfs Selection Committee. Based on such determination, the Foundationfs Board of Directors will approve the grant.

Numbers of Past Applications/Awards:

Fiscal Year 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Applications 39 41 36 36 42 46 45 45 49 41
Awarded 22 19 18 17 13 14 18 17 16 14
In addition to the above, 4 projects as Special Grant for the Foundation's 25th Anniversary in Fiscal 2016 and  3 projects as Special Grant for the Foundation's 30th Anniversary in Fiscal 2021 were awarded.

Subjects of Past Grants:

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