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Salary Assistance Grant for Japanese-Language Courses

Grants to USA Nonprofits and Schools to Support
Foreign Language Education Programs

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles (JFLA)

Deadline Date:

04/10/20 Receipt


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Grants of up to $30,000 to USA nonprofit organizations and educational institutions to begin, expand, and maintain foreign language education programs. Applicants must contact the Funding Source prior to submitting an application. Grant funds may be used to cover salary and benefits of full-time and part-time instructors of Japanese language.

The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles (JFLA) supports non-profit educational institutions or school districts in the U.S. that are facing temporary financial difficulties in the following three cases. The grant covers a part of the Japanese language instructor’s salary and fringe benefits.

  • Case (1): Starting up a brand new Japanese program
  • Case (2): Expanding a current existing Japanese program by adding new course(s)/section(s)
  • Case (3): Maintaining a current existing program which is in danger of cut back or closure
The grant support is given on the condition that the applying institutions will continue to offer the Japanese language program after the grant support ends.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 144103

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants can request up to $30,000 per year. The grant amount will not exceed more than $30,000 per institution/school.

A school district may request more than $30,000 for multiple schools at once. For example, one school district may request up to $60,000 in total for two schools (up to $30,000 per school).

Term of Contract:

The grant support is for one year. Due to the single-year budget system, JFLA can only decide on a grant award for one year at a time. However only in Case (1) Starting up a brand new program, applicants can request two-year grant support at once, but the grant amount is decided year by year. The continuation of grant support for Year 2 is not automatic and will be decided after JFLA review the previous year (Year 1)’s Interim Report as well as Final Report.

In principle, the grant is for the Academic Year 2020-21. Applicants need to start using the grant in or before March, 2020 if they receive the grant. In other words, the “Start Date” of the grant period has to be in or before March, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

1. Applicants must be educational institutions/organizations with 501(c)(3) non-profit status involved in Japanese language education (teachers’ associations, academic societies, etc.). Individuals are not eligible to apply.
2. In principle, the Japan Foundation does not provide grants for:
- The U.S. government, including their administrative organs such as ministries and their embassies and consulates-general in Japan; excluding academic, cultural, or research institutes such as universities and museums
- Institutions/organizations to which the Japanese government currently makes financial contributions
- Institutions/organizations whose laws restrict them from receiving aid from foreign organizations affiliated with governments
- Institutions/organizations which serve commercial, political, or religious purposes
3. Applicants must have a bank account in the institution’s name capable of accepting grants from the Japan Foundation. Bank account may also be opened before the grant payment. Receipt of grants or benefits from the Japan Foundation must not violate any laws or ordinances, etc.

The grant only covers the Japanese language instructor(s)’ salary and fringe benefits. Any other overhead costs (for example, costs related to housing, commuting, administrative labor, etc.) are not covered by this grant.

This grant may not be used for teaching assistants (TA).

Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadline: April 10, 2020
Grant Result: Late May, 2020

Before applying, please be sure to inform JFLA of your intention to apply for the grant via email.

Please submit the following required materials to JFLA by the deadline. Everything must arrive at the JFLA office on or before April 10, 2020.

The grant is provided on a cost-sharing basis between the applicant and JFLA, meaning that the applicant is expected to have detailed plans on how they will supplement the JF grant with their own or other funds if they are approved for the grant. The preferable cost sharing from own funds is at least 1/3 (33%) of the total annual salary expenses.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles (Mamiko Nakai, Program Officer)
5700 Wilshire Blvd. Suite #100, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Tel: 323-761-7510
Fax: 323-761-7517

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