International Languages Week

PLEASE NOTE: All scholarships/grants are currently under review and applications are not being accepted at this time.

Language events Languages can take you places… in every sense of the word!

That was the message of the first ever International Languages Week (ILW) in 2003, and it is even more applicable today. Languages are important, they will enrich your life, they will boost your career prospects, and they are fun. But too few New Zealanders learn a second language… and too many think that English is the only language they will ever need. It’s time for a language revolution!

The Sasakawa Fellowship Fund for Japanese Language is offering grants of up to $150 to schools hosting Japan-specific events during ILW. Activities in the past have included sumo, haiku and calligraphy competitions and displays, kimono wearing, Japanese food classes, cafes and displays, displays at local libraries, Japanese dance demonstrations and much more.

Applying for a grant

Who is it for?

Schools and related bodies that are planning Japan-related activities/events to celebrate ILW and promote language learning in their community.

What does the grant cover?

To qualify for the grant, activities must target students across the school or the broader community.

Please note that if your application is approved, but you subsequently need to change the activities you are running, it is important to notify us as approval is given based on the activities outlined in your application.

How do I apply?

Complete the online form below.


One week before International Language Week begins.

Funding confirmation

Successful applicants will be notified as soon as possible after the closing date. Payment will be processed once we receive your receipts.

Contact us for more information.

PLEASE NOTE: All scholarships/grants are currently under review and applications are not being accepted at this time.

ILW grant application form

Name of school/institution applying for funding assistance:
Name of individual submitting application:
Designation (e.g. teacher of Japanese)
Email address:
Please provide a brief project outline:
Please provide a brief project budget:
Email Address

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