[GBFund]Disaster Recovery Support Fund

GBFund (G: Geijyutsu/Arts, B:Bunka/culture, F:Fukkou/Revival&Fund) was launched in 23 March 2011, by Association for Corporate Support of the Arts.
GBFund is supporting artistic and cultural restoration activities to support the affected areas and people, and to revive tangible and intangible cultural resources of the affected nationwide areas, together with our donors who support the spirit of this fund.



Manifest:Supporting Affected People and Communities through Arts and Heritage Projects

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We extend our sincere condolences to those people affected by the recent earthquake and tsunami, and pay tribute to the aid workers and volunteers who continue to work tirelessly on the frontline of the relief effort.
Japan has witnessed a disaster unprecedented in the post-war period; the most powerful earthquake in recorded history and the resulting tsunami devastated communities along the Northeast coastline and claimed the lives of more than 12,000 people with over 15,000 still missing. The aftermath has forced almost 160,000 people to relocate to crammed shelters with precious little food and support. Many of them have lost their loved ones as well as their livelihood. They are left searching for hope.

Kigyo Mécénat Kyogikai (KMK: Association for Corporate Support of the Arts, Japan) has set up The Northeast Japan Earthquake Restoration Fund to support people and communities affected by the disaster. We have twenty years of experience leading an initiative to promote art and culture with our partner companies and we wish to use this expertise to aid the relief effort as best we can. We believe that the arts can help people get through these difficult times, contributing to the wider process of restoration and recovery. The Fund will enable a range of projects designed to comfort and support people, preserve fragile local heritage and restore damaged cultural resources.

KMK is committed to playing a leading role in the use of arts and heritage projects to help people look ahead and rebuild their communities and lives. We would most appreciate your support and contribution to this cause.

23 March 2011
Kigyo Mécénat Kyogikai
Association for Corporate Support of the Arts

About the Fund

GBFund was initially established with the time limit of ‘continuous support for 5 years’. However, Japan is a country with much natural disasters that are hard to prevent. For this reason, the association has decided to continue providing the support through arts and culture, responding to all disaster-affected areas throughout the country. GBFund has now changed its name to ‘Disaster Recovery Support Fund through Arts and Culture’.

GBFund aims to support arts and heritage projects and to help rebuild and restore damaged cultural resources in disaster affected nationwide areas. Fund recipients are approved at a Selection Committee Meeting, which consists of KMK’s Board of Directors and experts.

1. The expected types of projects that the fund will support
Arts-based projects to comfort, encourage and inspire affected people.

e.g. Music, reading, painting, dance, drama programs, media content and any other arts-based programs.Outreach programs such as mini concerts, origami-workshops or film screenings in shelters.

Restoration projects for tangible and intangible cultural resources in disaster affected areas.

e.g. Recovering traditional cultural resources and preserving local heritage. Reorganizing arts programs that have been postponed. Surveying the damage of various cultural resources. Restoring and repairing damaged art works and cultural artifacts.

2. Selection Process

KMK’s Selection Committee will make a decision regarding eligible projects on the basis of applications and other available information. The selection criteria are as follows:
・Projects are expected to provide comfort and encouragement to affected people and appeal to a sense of community spirit.
・Projects should be related to aspects of community and cultural heritage and are expected to facilitate restoration and recovery. ・Project proposals should prove feasibility with a well planned structure and timeline.

“Hundred Festivals Revival Project” Japanese only

Targeted total of donation 200,000,000 yen
GBFund total donation: 145,464,736 yen (as of 7 July 2015)
GBFund grant total 138,331,536 yen (as of 18 May 2015)
Total number of grant 239 activities  (as of 18 May 2015)

How to donate

Bank Transfer
Sumitomo Mitsui Bank

Bank Name: Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation
Bank Code: 0009
Branch Code: 245
Account Name: Kigyo Mecenat Kyogikai
Account No.: 6894079

Japan Post Bank

Bank Name: Japan Post Bank
Intermediary Banks and SWIFT Code:
Paid in USD: Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas NY (SWIFT: BKTRUS33)
Paid in EUR: Deutsche Bank AG Frankfurt (SWIFT: DEUTDEFF)
Beneficiary Bank: Japan Post Bank
Beneficiary Bank SWIFT Code: JPPSJPJ1
Beneficiary Bank CHIPS UID:
Paid in USD: 427593
Paid in EUR: N/A  Account Name: Kigyo Mecenat Kyogikai
Account No.: 10090-16429981
Payee Address: +SHIFT MITA Bldg. 8F, 5-3-2 Shiba Minato-ku, 108-0014 Tokyo, JAPAN
Tel: +81-(0)3-5439-4520 Fax: +81-(0)3-5439-4521


Kigyo Mécénat Kyogikai (KMK: Association for Corporate Support of the Arts)
+SHIFT MITA Bldg. 8F, 5-3-2 Shiba Minato-ku, 108-0014 Tokyo, JAPAN
Tel: +81-(0)3-5439-4520 Fax: +81-(0)3-5439-4521