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Our sister organization, the JA Community Foundation, is pleased to announce our Spring 2017 Grantees. Over $100,000 in grants were approved by the Board of the JA Community Foundation to nonprofit organizations serving Japanese American and Asian American communities throughout California. We would like to thank all of the organizations that applied, and congratulate the 2017 Spring grant award recipients.
Our 2017 Spring grants were awarded to the following organizations:

Kimochi, Inc – Our $40,000 grant will be used to expand their Japanese and Asian style home delivered meals program in San Mateo County. This program offers home delivered ethnic and culturally sensitive food to homebound seniors.
Read more here.

The Tanforan Assembly Center Memorial Committee – Our $10,000 grant will assist in the development of a memorial consisting of a bronze statue and open-air plaza, located between the San Bruno BART station and the Tanforan Mall in San Bruno, CA. Read more here.

Japanese American National Museum – Our $20,380 grant for new computers and new volunteer management system that will help museum managers and volunteers work more effectively. The grant will also improve accessibility for older adults by installing an ADA compliant electronic door for easier access to the museum. Read more here.

San Fernando Valley Japanese American Community Center – Our $20,000 grant will provide computers and tablets as well as smart phone technology training for Japanese American, and JA multi-ethnic seniors. The program will teach seniors how to access important information, as well as help with daily communication with friends and family. Read more here.

Yu-Ai Kai/Japanese American Community Senior Service – Our $15,000 grant will be used for purchasing audio/visual equipment to support their new lecture series. This new multi-media lecture series will be on topics of interest to seniors in the JA Community in San Jose’s Japantown, and the greater bay area. Read more here.

The National Japanese American Historical Society, Inc – Our $15,000 grant will support the Executive Order 9066 Senior Legacy Stories Engagement Program. The grant will assist NJAHS with exhibitions and programming for the anniversary of E.O. 9066, as well as help to conduct outreach to individuals within the Nikkei community for stories on WWII and the incarceration. Read more here.

ACC Senior Services – Our $5,666.00 grant will support their Fall Prevention classes and a Fall Prevention Resource Fair. The program is designed to increase senior knowledge about fall risk, and fall prevention, and to take action to prevent falls in their home environments, as well as to increase exercise and physical activity. Read more here.

The JA Community Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit private foundation located in Oakland, CA. Our funding is currently focused on support for organizations serving the Japanese American and greater Asian American communities in California. Priority for grants in 2016 and 2017 will be for programs addressing senior health and social services, with second priority given to arts and culture programs.

Our next grant cycle will begins middle of July, 2017. Grant guidelines are available here.