Japantown Foundation Grants Program Accepting Applications Starting July 26

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The San Francisco Japantown Foundation is accepting applications starting July 26, 2016, from qualified organizations for direct grants of up to $10,000. Applications are due by September 1, 2016, before 5:00 p.m. PT.

Our 2016 grants program solicits (a) direct unrestricted grants for organizations; and (b) planning grants for organizations focused on contributing to the creation/maintenance/sustainability of a tangible project such as physical tangible project or a program that promotes, sustains and preserves San Francisco Japantown.

These unrestricted grants may be used for a variety of purposes, including but not limited to administrative costs, program expenses, or salaries. We award grants to organizations that have demonstrated the value of their organization to the Japantown community, the effectiveness of their services and/or activities, and their financial sustainability. We do not fund startup projects or pay for past debts or current operating deficits.

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.

Learn more about our grants program and apply online at JapantownFoundation.org/grants. Questions about the program may be directed to Japantown Foundation board member Diane Matsuda at dianematsuda@hotmail.com.