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Salary Assistance Grant for Japanese-Language Courses

Grants to USA Nonprofit Educational Institutions and School
Districts for Japanese Language Instruction Programs

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles (JFLA)

Deadline Date:

04/10/19 receipt


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Grants of up to $30,000 per eligible school to USA nonprofit educational institutions and school districts for financial assistance to create, expand, or maintain existing Japanese language instruction programs. An intention to apply must be emailed prior to applying. Funding is intended to support eligible applicants that are facing temporary financial difficulties in the following three cases:

- Case (1): Starting up a brand new Japanese program
- Case (2): Expanding a current existing Japanese program by adding a new course(s) or section(s)
- Case (3): Maintaining a current existing program which is in danger of cut back or closure

The grant is intended to cover a part of the Japanese language instructor’s salary and fringe benefits on a cost-sharing basis. The grant can be used for either full-time or part-time instructors. 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 be determined in accordance with JFLA’s assessment scale and it may be less than the amount requested. The grant can be used for several instructors at the same school/institution, but the grant amount will not exceed more than $30,000 per institution/school.

In the event that a school district applies for this grant on behalf of several schools in the same district, the 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), however, this “up to $30,000 per school” applies only when the school district has more than one teacher at multiple schools in the same district. In other words, in the event that there is only one teacher in a district and he/she teaches at multiple schools in the same district, then they can only request up to $30,000.

Term of Contract:

In principle, the grant is for the Academic Year 2019-20. 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, 2020. The final report is due within two months of finishing the 2019-2020 academic year and if there is any grant money left, the remaining amount should be returned to JFLA with a payment check.

Case (1) 'Starting up a brand new Japanese program: Applicants can request funding for up to two years at the time of application, however, due to the single-year budget system, JFLA can only decide the grant award year by year and the continuation of the grant support for Year 2 (academic year 2020-21) is not automatic. The applicant who successfully received the Year 1 grant will need to submit a “Budget Proposal for Year 2” in mid-March along with their “Interim Report about Year 1.” Then, JFLA will decide on the Year 2 grant after carefully reviewing these documents.

Case (2) 'Expanding' or Case (3) maintaining a current existing Japanese program: Applicants can request funding for one year(*). The grant is given on the premise that the Japanese-language program and the instructor(s)’ position(s) at the institution will be maintained after the completion of the one-year grant support.

(*) Applicants may apply again for the second following year (Academic Year 2020-21) after receiving one year grant support, however, they will be given lower priority than those who have never received the JFLA grant support in the past.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants:
- Applicants must be school districts or non-profit institutions/organizations involved in Japanese-language education.
- Applicants must have a bank account in the name of the institution/organization which is capable of accepting grants from JFLA, or should be able to open such accounts by the time the grants are sent. Receipt of grants or benefits from JFLA must not violate any laws and ordinances, etc.

Ineligible applicants and fund use:
- Individuals are not eligible to apply.
- The grant can not for teaching assistants.
- Overhead costs (for example, costs related to housing, commuting, administrative labor, etc.) are not covered by this grant.

In principle, JFLA does not provide grants for:
- The U.S. Government, including their administrative organs such as ministries and their embassies, excluding academic, cultural, or research institutes such as universities and museums
- Institutions/organizations to which the Japanese government currently makes a financial contribution
- Institutions/organizations whose laws restrict them from receiving aid from foreign organizations affiliated with governments
- Institutions/organizations which serve commercial, political, or religious purposes

Pre-Application Information:

Important dates:
- Application deadline: April 10, 2019. Everything must arrive on or before this date.
- Grant Result: Late May, 2019
- Grant payment: Late fall

Before applying, please be sure to inform JFLA of your intention to apply for the grant by email. If you do not make contact in advance, your application may be rejected.

If the applicant has already decided on the instructor(s) by the time of application, the instructor(s)’ information (bio, resume, or curriculum vitae) should be attached to the application form.

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 Japan Foundation grant with their own or other funds if they are approved for the grant.

Each applicant must submit a detailed plan on how they will maintain the Japanese program beyond the grant period.

It is required that applicants submit at least one commitment letter or support letter from the stakeholders (e.g., Dean, Dept. Chair, District Superintendent, Head of the Board of Education, Principal, or local business supporters, etc.) at the time of their application regarding the continuation of Japanese program after the JFLA grant support ends and beyond.

Contact Information:

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

Intentions to apply should be emailed to

Application forms can be found below.

Mamiko Nakai, Program Officer
Tel: 323-761-7510 Fax: 323-761-7517

Application materials may be submitted by email but page one of your application form, with original wet-ink signatures on it, must be sent in the mail to:
The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles
Japanese Language Grant Dept.
5700 Wilshire Blvd. Suite #100,
Los Angeles, CA 90036

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