Grants Program 2018

San Francisco Japantown Foundation 2018 Grants Program Focused on Cultural Arts and Capital Project Planning

The San Francisco Japantown Foundation awarded the following grants as part of its 2018 grants program:

Capital Grants

  • Buddhist Church of SF ($2,000)
  • JCCCNC ($4,500)
  • Japantown Community Benefits District ($10,000)
  • Japantown Task Force ($20,000)
  • Nichi Bei Foundation ($7,500)
  • Kinmon Gakuen ($10,000)

Arts Grants

  • American Bon ($2,500)
  • Chado ($1,500)
  • First Voice ($5,000)
  • JCCCNC ($5,000)
  • Shigin Kai ($1,000)
  • Sakura Matsuri ($5,000)
  • National Japanese Historical Society ($2,500)
  • Japanese Bilingual Bicultural Program ($5,000)
  • SF Taiko ($2,500)

For questions about the grants program, contact foundation board member Diane Matsuda at 415-305-5438 or

About the San Francisco Japantown Foundation Grants Program

Grants from the San Francisco Japantown Foundation 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 J.P. Oliver for continuing this valuable partnership. J.P. is also a member of our foundation board.

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

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