Grants - Hansen's Disease/Leprosy

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Currently we are not accepting grant applications for projects related to Hansen’s disease (leprosy).
We will begin accepting applications for the 2020 fiscal year (April 2020 – March 2021) from around September 2019.

Application Deadline

Projects starting in April : October 22 to December 15 (closed)
Projects starting in July : January 1 to March 15 (closed)
Projects starting in October : April 1 to June 15 (closed)

Application Guidelines

1. Eligible Applicants

Applicants must be non-profit organizations and may include educational and research institutions.
Sasakawa Memorial Health Foundation (SMHF) does not accept applications from, nor provide grants to, individuals or for-profit organizations.

2. Funding Area/ Grant Period/ Budget

Our funding to the Leprosy-related projects is focused on the following 3 areas.

(1)Hansen’s Disease Elimination

Hansen’s Disease Elimination

Grant Period : Up to 3 years
Budget : US$30,000 maximum per year
Past Grant : Leprosy elimination campaign in Nepal

(2)Hansen’s Disease History Preservation

Hansen’s Disease History Preservation

Grant Period : Up to 3 years
Budget : US$30,000 maximum per year
Past Grants :
Regional research and publishing activities on Hansen’s disease in Southeast Asia
Oral history projects in China, Malaysia
Documentary film production in Romania
History preservation projects in Spain, Philippines, Portugal

(3)Empowerment of leprosy patients
(Including encouragement for leprosy patients to participate in Leprosy services.)



Institutional Support
Covers expenses to reinforce the capacity of organizations run by persons affected by Leprosy, including both administrative and project costs. Acquisition of buildings, cars, motorcycles is not covered. Purchase of office equipment such as computers, photocopiers, while not encouraged, is negotiable.

Grant Period : Up to 2 years
Budget : US$50,000 maximum per year
Past Grants : Institutional support to organizations in Indonesia, China, Philippines, India, Ethiopia, Colombia



Project Support
Project-based activities to empower persons affected by Leprosy

Grant Period : Up to 3 years
Budget : US$25,000 maximum per year
Past Grants :
Awareness campaigns in Ghana, Ethiopia
Potable water supply project in Ethiopia
Nutrition education project in Nepal, Bangladesh
Rehabilitation program in Vietnam, China
Advocacy and empowerment program in Indonesia
Socio-economic rehabilitation program in China, Philippines



Mutual Cooperation Support
Activities to foster mutual cooperation among organizations run by persons affected by Leprosy (South-South style cooperation) such as workshops, conferences and field visits.

Grant Period : Up to 1 year
Budget : US$10,000 maximum per year
Past Grants : None (Newly adopted)



Next Generation Support
Activities to benefit younger generation affected by Leprosy or activities carried out by younger generation.

Grant Period : Up to 1 year
Budget : US$10,000 maximum per year
Past Grants :
Work camp in China, India, Indonesia
Education support (basic, higher, vocational)
School construction in Myanmar

3. Important Notes

Our fiscal year is from 1 April to 31 March.
Projects are to be started in April, July or October in principle. All projects should conclude by March, regardless of when they begin. For example, a 1-year project that begins in July and ends the following June would be treated as a 2-year project. (1st year: July to March, 2nd year: April to June)
For multi-year projects, the book should be closed in March each year. Roll-over of any remaining budget to the following fiscal year is not permitted.
Indirect costs should not exceed 10% of direct costs.
In principle, an organization is eligible to apply for only one scheme at a time. This is to enable us to offer grants to more organizations.
SMHF may send a Request for Proposal to targeted organizations.

4. Application Procedure

Please submit your proposal by filling out the Grant Application Form. We will review each application and be in touch within 30 days, ONLY IF we are interested in learning more.
Re-submission of previously rejected proposals is not accepted.
Grant Application Form :

Contact about grants

Sasakawa Health Foundation
Nipponzaidan Bld 5F, 1-2-2 Akasaka,
Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Tel:81-3-6229-5377  FAX:81-3-6229-5388



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