About us

Our Mission

We identify and invest in solutions that meet the needs, interests and concerns of the Japanese American and broader Asian American communities and promote programs that benefit the Japanese American and broader Asian American communities.


We’ve been proud to support the JA Community for over 50 years.

The JA Community Foundation was born out of the Japanese American Citizen’s League (JACL) Health Insurance plan, which was founded in 1965 to help those who couldn’t buy insurance due to discrimination. Through the following decades, the plan was carefully managed as its own separate group, building an internal Premium Stabilization Reserve Fund to help mitigate the effects of large claims and increases in health insurance costs.

Due to the Affordable Care Act, the plan was reformed into the JACL Health Benefits Trust (dba JA Health Insurance Services), to comply with the rules of the new Healthcare system. The JA Community Foundation was created as a nonprofit foundation in September 2015 by the Trust to use the remaining reserve funds to benefit the community that was served by the health plan, and who paid premiums into the plan for more than fifty years.

This mission is a continuation of our history. Visit the JA Health Insurance Services website to read more about our origins.  Watch the video below to meet some of our grantees and to learn more about our work in the JA Community.

our grants

We award grants from $2,500 to $50,000 and accept applications from all 50 states in the United States. Our grant application process has two stages. You must first submit a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) and then, if invited, submit a full proposal.

We have two LOI application periods each year. Check the grant calendar for upcoming deadlines and how to apply.

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