Niwano Peace Foundation Announces Grants for Second Half of Fiscal 2011
The Niwano Peace Foundation announced in October that its grants program had allocated five million Japanese yen in activity grants to nine organizations for the second half of fiscal 2011. In Japan the fiscal year begins on April 1.
The Niwano Peace Foundation aims to promote interreligious understanding and cooperation, and encourage people whose contributions to world peace are inspired by religious faith and give them more opportunities to work together.
The grants are allocated twice a year for programs that contribute to social welfare and peace activities in a religious spirit, and activities for regional empowerment.
During the application period, from July 1 to August 13, the foundation received 41 applications from Japan and overseas. After a strict and fair selection process, the foundation chose nine recipients on September 26. The Niwano Peace Foundation entrusts the Rissho Kosei-kai Donate-a-Meal Fund for Peace with the administration of its grants and aid activities. The recipients of the grants in the second half of fiscal 2011 are as follows:
1. NGO Community 4 Children (Japan): 500,000 yen to promote educational projects for community reforestation for youth and children in Khon Kaen Province, Thailand
2. Medical Consultation for Foreigners (Japan): 500,000 yen for medical consultation for foreign residents in Japan
3. Japan Religion Coordinating Project for Disaster Relief (Japan): 900,000 yen to facilitate the exchange of information among religionists to promote disaster relief for victims of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami
4. Link - an Organization Linking Together Forest, Water and People (Japan): 500,000 yen to support villagers' independent management of community forests in northern Thailand
5. Aspiring Citizens for Community Empowerment with sunny smile, Inc. (Japan): 500,000 yen to support health and hygiene programs for residents near dump sites in the Philippines
6. Forum for Refugees Japan (Japan): 750,000 yen to empower civil society's support of refugee communities and to promote amicable multicultural coexistence in Japan
7. NPO SAY-Peace Project (Japan): 350,000 yen for the campaign to save children from internal radiation exposure following the accidents at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant
8. Executive Committee of "Voices of Hibakusha" Film Festival (Japan): 500,000 yen to support the "Voice of Hibakusha" Film Festival
9. Preparation Committee for Afghanistan Civil Society Support Fund (Japan): 500,000 yen for a field survey to establish the Afghanistan Civil Society Support Fund
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