Japantown Foundation Awards Grants to 11 Organizations

The board of directors of the San Francisco Japantown Foundation this week approved $35,000 in grants to 11 nonprofit organizations.

  • Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach ($1,000)
  • GenRyu Arts ($1,000)
  • Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California ($5,000)
  • Kimochi, Inc. ($5,000)
  • Kokoro Assisted Living, Inc. ($1,000)
  • National Japanese American Historical Society ($5,000)
  • Nichi Bei Foundation ($5,000)
  • Nihonmachi Little Friends ($5,000)
  • Nihonmachi Street Fair ($1,000)
  • Parent Teacher Community Council of the Japanese Bilingual Bicultural Program ($1,000)
  • Sakura Matsuri Inc. ($5,000)

These organizations demonstrated the value of their organization to the Japantown community, the effectiveness of their services and/or activities, and their financial sustainability.

Our 2013 grants program differed from previous years in two ways: (1) we provided direct grants without requiring a matching fund requirement; and (2) these grants are not designated for specific projects or programs, allowing recipients to use the funds for a variety of purposes (with some restrictions).

japantown_foundation_logoThe San Francisco Japantown Foundation’s mission is to support cultural, community and educational activities for San Francisco Japantown. We are dedicated to preserving and honoring Japantown’s history, to welcoming and serving its residents, visitors, businesses, congregations and community organizations, and to supporting the growth and development of the community’s Japanese cultural theme. In particular, we support activities that reflect the Japanese American experience, and activities that engage Japanese of all generations and other supporters of Japantown.

The San Francisco Japantown Foundation was formed in December 2006 through generous endowments by Kintetsu Enterprises of America, Jack Hirose, Hats and Amey Aizawa, Union Bank, and Minami Tamaki LLP. The Foundation’s mission is to support cultural, community and educational activities for San Francisco Japantown. Including its 2013 grants, the Foundation has provided more than $635,000 in funding since 2007.

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