Grant Applications Now Being Accepted

The San Francisco Japantown Foundation today, July 14, starts accepting applications from qualified organizations for grants of up to $10,000. The application deadline is August 18, 2017.

The Japantown Foundation provides grants for programs and for planning purposes. Applicants must choose one type of grant for their submission.

The rules and application forms are available here: Download the form in Word format or PDF.

These grants are made possible through the original endowments by Kintetsu Enterprises of America, Jack Hirose, Hats and Amey Aizawa, Union Bank, and Minami Tamaki LLP. We also use proceeds from our annual Osechi Ryori New Year’s Celebration Fundraiser, supported by generous sponsors and guests.

Another significant portion of the funds available for these grants comes from our philanthropic partnership with Hotel Kabuki. The Japantown Foundation receives funds raised through the hotel’s You Can Make a Difference program, which asks guests to make a donation when they stay at the property. The Japantown Foundation expresses our appreciation to the Hotel Kabuki and to General Manager Craig Waterman for continuing this valuable partnership. Craig is also a member of our foundation board.

Since 2007, the Foundation has provided more than $700,000 in funding to the community.

Join our email list to be notified about grants program updates. Questions about the grants program may be directed to Japantown Foundation board member Diane Matsuda at