When to apply

2024 Fall Grants

Our grant application process has two stages. You must first submit a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) and then, if invited, submit a full proposal.

Submit A Letter of Inquiry

July 1 to July 31, 2024

submit a Full proposal

September 1 to September 30, 2024

Please note that organizations with open grants are not eligible to submit a Letter of Inquiry until their current grant is closed.

2024 Fall Grants will be distributed in November 2024.


How to Apply

01. Read the criteria.

Be sure to read all of the grant requirements on this page before you apply. We can not fund organizations or projects that do not meet our criteria.

02. Submit an LOI.

The LOI (Letter of Inquiry) form is filled out through our grant system and requires a brief summary of your:

      • Project Description
      • Project Start and End Date
      • Requested Amount
      • Total Project Budget
      • Funding sources for the project

03. Submit a Full Grant Application (if invited).

If your LOI is approved by the Board Grant Committee, a full application must then be submitted by the deadline to be considered for funding.

Grant Requirements


Baseline Criteria

The JA Community Foundation is currently focusing our funding on the Japanese American community. We accept applications from all 50 states in the United States.

We fund programs and projects that focus on senior health and services, history, arts and culture, and youth.

All grantees are required to be registered 501c3 public benefit nonprofit organizations.

NonProfit information

  • History and Purpose of the organization.
  • Description of the project or program to be funded, including a needs statement and objectives.
  • Copy of the organization’s informational brochure and project brochure (if available.)
  • List of the corporations and foundations that provided funding to your organization in the previous year, along with their contribution amounts.
  • Roster of the organization’s board of directors, advisory board members, and administrative staff.

Amount & Length Of Funding

JA Community Foundation grant sizes range from $2,500 to $50,000 for new projects or improvements to existing programs. Grants cannot be used for ongoing operating costs. Grantees may not reapply for funding while a current grant is open.

Financial information

  • Line-item budget for project to be funded
  • Organization’s current annual budget (revenues and expenditures); and
  • Organization’s most recent audited financial statement (if none, please provide organization’s most recent complete IRS Form 990)

Restrictions - We do not fund:

    • Individuals
    • Political parties, candidates, or partisan political organizations
    • An organization’s endowment
    • Labor organizations, fraternal organizations, athletic clubs, or social clubs
    • K-12 schools, school districts, or school foundations
    • Scholarships
    • Sectarian or denominational religious organizations, except where the organization demonstrates that their programs are broadly promoted, available to anyone, and free of religious orientation
    • Sports leagues or teams
    • Fiscal sponsors

Changes to these Guidelines

JA Community Foundation reserves the right, at any time and in its sole and exclusive discretion, to amend the foregoing Grant Application and Reporting Guidelines in a manner consistent with JA Community Foundation’s mission statement.