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We are excited to announce the completion of our first grant cycle. The Board of the JA Community Foundation has approved grants to five 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 2016 grant award recipients.

Our 2016 Grants were awarded to the following organizations:

Central California Nikkei Foundation (CCNF) – Our $39,000 grant will be used for the purchase of a twelve passenger van for CCNF and the Vintage Gardens Assisted Living Community in Fresno. Read more about our grant to the Central California Nikkei Foundation here.

East San Gabriel Valley Japanese Community Center – Our $50,000 multi-year grant will be used to expand the Senior Wellness Program to give seniors more opportunities to engage in activities that promote both their physical and mental well-being. Read more about our grant to the East San Gabriel Valley Japanese Community Center here.

The Grateful Crane Ensemble – Our $5,000 grant will assist with funding for their upcoming West Coast tour of their latest production: Growing up Sansei: A Community Dialogue about Our Uniquely JA UpbringingRead more about our grant to the Grateful Crane Ensemble here.

J-Sei – Our $50,000 multi-year grant will enable J-Sei to expand their services and reach more seniors with home delivered and congregate lunches, a new enhanced education program, and more senior classes and activities, along with an increase in other vital J-Sei service areas. Read more about our grant to J-Sei and the senior services they offer here.

Little Tokyo Service Center Community Development Corporation (LTSC) – With our $18,500 grant LTSC will make capital improvements to their Far East Lounge gathering place for seniors which receives over 2,500 visits a year and increase the number of educational workshops they offer. Read more about our grant to LTSC and the Far East Lounge here.

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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 begins February 1, 2017. Grant guidelines are available here.