Dormant deposit accounts utilization project
“Project to support growth of social businesses for revitalizing regions”
Case studies

This project reinvigorates diverse resources that are unused in the regions to form an ecosystem that allows sustainable generation of impacts.We support social businesses in our role as an organization distributing funds in dormant deposit accounts utilization project.

Impact investing

In accordance withthe Dorman Accounts Utilization Bill, a system to utilize deposits, etc. that have not been traded for more than 10 years since January 1, 2009 (dormant deposits, etc.) launched in fiscal 2019 for solving social issues and promoting private public interest activities.

SIIF has been selected as a “Fund Distributing Organization” for FY2019 and FY2020, and has been working on the theme of “Social Business Growth Support Project for Regional Revitalization: Creating an Ecosystem for Impact to be Generated in a sustainable way” in FY2019 and “Solving Regional Issues through Collective Impact” in FY2020. In order to solve the shrinking local communities due to the declining population and aging society, SIIF supports social businesses that will become the core of local communities by reactivating various resources that are not being utilized in the region.

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Comments from

Impact Officer
Yuka Ogasawara

In raising a hand to become an Organization Distributing Funds, we had two objectives. One was that we sympathized with its basic policy of using dormant deposits in experimental or innovative initiatives, and wanted to run as a pacesetter with executing organizations. The other was to see whether we could not apply an “investment” approach to dormant deposits. In the dormant deposits project, we are conscious of a chain of mechanisms that consists of making dormant regional resources visible, measuring the social impact obtained from utilizing them, and generating sustainable social impacts while obtaining income from the project. We thought we might be able to generate sustainable social impacts by nurturing innovative social startups that have their roots in the regions, and to that end we concluded a comprehensive cooperation agreement with the Shinkin Central Bank. Rather than simply providing grantspaying subsidies and leaving it at that, we aim to use grantssubsidies as fertilizer to nurture projects, to help them achieve sustainable growth, and to cultivate businesses that in the future will no longer rely on dormant deposits.

Impact Officer
Yuka Ogasawara

Implementing organizations

Six implementing organizations have been selected for the 2019 Social Business Growth Support Project for Community Revitalization.

This project was open to the public application from March 2020 to June 2020, and we received applications from 75 applicant organizations. Based on the application guidelines and selection criteria, a screening committee consisting of members from the secretariat and outside experts discussed each project, and after a rigorous screening process, the final decision was made by the board of directors of the SIIF. In this project, we have once again set the task of “resolving the decline in vitality in local and regional communities” against the backdrop of demographic changes due to the declining population, falling birthrates, and aging society. In order to solve this issue, we aim to form social businesses that become the core of local communities by reactivating various resources that are not being utilized in the region. In order for these social businesses that utilize local resources to continue and grow, it is necessary that the projects that utilize dormant deposits become a catalyst for the formation of a flow of results-oriented (impact) funds and human resources that support the region. In order to achieve this goal, we not only provide financial support but also focus on providing management support to strengthen the capacity of the organizations responsible for these activities in order to ensure the sustainability of the activities. We also work together with each implementing organization to visualize the impact of “community revitalization” in a way that is easy for everyone to understand, and to establish a function and mechanism to evaluate how meaningful it is for the local community.

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Share Village KK

A cooperative community funded and invested in by interested parties from within and outside of the town of Gokome, Minami-Akita-gun, Akita Prefecture, operates as an autonomous commons that values, visualizes, and uses idle assets such as old private houses.

■Grant amount
30 million yen
■Reasons for selection
The project in Gokome Town, Akita Prefecture, which began in 2014, has steadily revitalized the community and created a relevant population, and this project is positioned as an extension of that. While various attempts have been made to create related populations in various regions, this project is based on a certain amount of learning and will be developed nationwide in an autonomous and decentralized manner. This project has a high potential to contribute to solving the problem of declining regional vitality due to a declining population and an increase in idle assets, and to benefit the entire region.

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Sonraku KK

We will construct and operate a medium-scale woody biomass combined heat and power supply facility in Atsuma-cho, Yufutsu-gun, Hokkaido, using forest resources in the region, and aim to create industry and employment in the region, thereby revitalizing the local economy and achieving a balance between resource recycling in the region.

■Subsidy amount
54.85 million yen
■Reasons for selection
This is a business that is conducting activities that contribute to regional revitalization, starting with energy. In this project, the company will operate a medium-scale woody biomass cogeneration facility that can be expected to generate a certain level of profitability by using local resources. By accumulating achievements through the implementation of this project, it is expected to encourage the participation of the next private sector and supporting financial institutions, and to expand the social impact through the spread of the above facilities.

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Pocket Marche .Inc

This project aims to create and develop a co-creation marketing market between producers and consumers, foster a strong primary industry, increase the number of bearers, and increase the number of people involved.

■Grant amount
30 million yen
■Reasons for selection
This project has a deep understanding of social issues such as the “decline and aging of primary industry workers” and the “fragmentation of producers and consumers (rural and urban)” that lies behind this fragmentation (a sense of stagnation among urban residents who are separated from nature, their bodies, and their lives, and who are unable to recognize and resolve the issues faced by producers). The company has a deep knowledge of social issues such as “the sense of stagnation among urban residents who are divided from nature/body/life and are unable to move forward. Although the company is funded by funds and business companies, the use of dormant deposits is expected to promote “research, development, and verification related to the optimization and expansion of the relevant population in rural areas,” which is difficult to be covered by business funds.

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Misogigawa KK

In response to the challenges of a declining and aging population and a lack of leaders in the Satoyama and Umami regions in Okunoto, Ishikawa Prefecture, this project aims to establish a system for nurturing and revitalizing local businesses in a way that involves local financial institutions.

■Subsidy amount
32.94 million yen
■Reasons for selection
The aim of the Local Business Lab TANOMOSHI is to create a new mechanism for sustainable businesses that make use of local resources to continue to operate in the region. Through this project, the Misogigawa aims to pass on its know-how of providing management support to local businesses to local credit unions and other organizations, and to implement this know-how so that local businesses can operate autonomously.

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Ridilover KK

In Echigo-Tsumari, Niigata Prefecture, which is famous for the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale, Ridilover aims to create a self-sustaining satoyama community management ecosystem by strengthening the relevant population through the establishment of a fan club that utilizes the power of the Echigo-Tsumari brand.

■Grant amount
30 million yen
■Reasons for selection
Ridilover is an ambitious project that aims to take the company’s existing research and survey activities for solving social issues one step further by actually working in the field, and it has the potential to become an innovative way of solving social issues in the region.

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Rennovater KK

In the Keihan area (Kyoto and Osaka), Rennovater purchases old properties and rents them to people who have difficulty in securing housing, aiming to solve the problem of vacant houses and provide “comfortable housing” for single elderly people, single-mother families, foreign nationals, and households on public welfare benefits.

■Subsidy amount
30 million yen
■Reasons for selection
This project not only solve the problem of difficulty in securing housing, which cannot be adequately solved by administrative measures alone, but will also improve the lives of residents by providing services that are close to them. In addition to the above, this project is also expected to revitalize the local community by connecting the residents to the local community.

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Related URLs/materials for download (Japanese Only)

Japan Network for Public Interest Activities (JANPIA) website.

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