The Sanaburi Foundation currently manages the following grant programs:


The Japan Society Tohoku Earthquake Relief Fund (Rose Fund)

In partnership with the Japan Society, the Sanaburi Foundation started a new grant program in September 2011, in order to support relief activities in the medium and long term, in response to locally assessed needs. It focuses on the activities of NPOs and voluntary organizations which are based throughout Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima Prefectures.

The grant money was raised through the Japan Society Tohoku Earthquake Relief Fund (familiarly known as the Rose Fund) established in the United Kingdom in immediate response to the disaster from a sincere desire to provide help to those affected in the Tohoku region. As of the end of September 2011, donations of around £620,000 (approx. ¥ 60 million) had been received from more than 1,500 individuals and organizations in the U.K.

The funds will be distributed in quarterly tranches during 2011-2012, to grant approved projects of up to £100,000 (approx. ¥ 15 million) each for the first year; any unused funds will be carried over to the next disbursement period. A fifth (or more) tranches may be considered if further funds are raised by the Japan Society.

Applications for the first round of the grant closed on October 26, 2011. A list of approved projects will be released on our webpage soon after the screening process is completed.

Details of the grant fund and the application process are also available on the Japan Society website:


Save the Children Japan and the Sanaburi Foundation
Kodomo Hagukumi Fund (Fund for Foster Children)

In collaboration with Save the Children Japan, the Sanaburi Foundation launched a community grant initiative in October 2011, with the goal of helping communities back stronger and child-friendlier communities through increased participation of children in the rebuilding process in the areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami. To do this, we focus on building the ability of local community groups based in the Tohoku region —- Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima — to deliver services for children and support them in having a voice in their communities.

The fund provides local nonprofits with community grants to improve children’s wellbeing and protection. These grants are awarded for activities which cover all three of our program areas: protection, education and participation of children in community reconstruction. The funds will be disbursed during through 2015, to further more than 100 projects.

Through the Kodomo Hagukumi Fund, we also provide support services to help secure the organizational capacity of local NPOs and volunteer organizations working on the behalf of children. Research on such community groups will also be conducted and disseminated.