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Salary Assistance Grant for Japanese-Language Courses

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Funding Source:

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The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles (JFLA)

Deadline Date:

04/10/21 Receipt


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Grants of up to $30,000 to USA nonprofit organizations and educational institutions to establish, expand, or maintain foreign language education programs. Applicants must contact program staff prior to submitting an application. Funding is intended to cover expenditures related to the salary and benefits of full-time and part-time instructors of the Japanese language.

The JFLA supports nonprofit educational institutions or school districts in the U.S. that are facing temporary financial difficulties in the following three cases. The grant covers a part of the Japanese language instructor’s salary and fringe benefits.

  • Case (1): Starting up a brand new Japanese program
  • Case (2): Expanding a current existing Japanese program by adding new course(s)/section(s)
  • Case (3): Maintaining a currently existing program that is in danger of cut back or closure
The grant support is given on the condition that the applying institutions will continue to offer the Japanese language program after the grant support ends.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 144103

Estimated Size of Grant:

The grant amount will not exceed more than $30,000 per institution/school.

A school district may request more than $30,000 for multiple schools at once. For example, one school district may request up to $60,000 in total for two schools (up to $30,000 per school).

Term of Contract:

In principle, the grant is for the Academic Year 2021-22. Applicants need to start using the grant no later than March 2022 if they receive the grant.

Case (1): Starting up a brand new Japanese program: Applicants can request funding for up to TWO years at the time of application; however, due to the single-year budget system, JFLA can only decide the grant award year by year, and the continuation of the grant support for Year 2 (Academic Year 2022-23) is not automatic. The applicant who successfully received the Year 1 grant will need to submit a “Budget Proposal (Year 2)” in mid-March along with their “Interim Report (Year 1)." Then, JFLA will decide on the Year 2 grant after carefully reviewing these documents.

Case (2) Expanding or Case (3) Maintaining a current existing Japanese program: Applicants can request funding for ONE year(*). The grant is given on the premise that the Japanese-language program and the instructor(s)’ position(s) at the institution will be maintained after the completion of the one-year grant support.

(*) Applicants may apply again for the second following year (Academic Year 2022-23) after receiving one-year grant support; however, they will be given lower priority than those who have never received the JFLA: grant support in the past.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must be educational institutions/organizations with 501(c)(3) non-profit status involved in Japanese language education (teachers’ associations, academic societies, etc.).

Applicants must have a bank account in the institution’s name capable of accepting grants from the Japan Foundation. Bank account may also be opened before the grant payment. Receipt of grants or benefits from the Japan Foundation must not violate any laws or ordinances, etc

Individuals are not eligible to apply.

In principle, the Japan Foundation does not provide grants for:
- The U.S. government, including their administrative organs such as ministries and their embassies and consulates-general in Japan; excluding academic, cultural, or research institutes such as universities and museums
- Institutions/organizations to which the Japanese government currently makes financial contributions
- Institutions/organizations whose laws restrict them from receiving aid from foreign organizations affiliated with governments
- Institutions/organizations which serve commercial, political, or religious purposes..

The grant only covers the Japanese language instructor(s)’ salary and fringe benefits. Any other overhead costs (for example, costs related to housing, commuting, administrative labor, etc.) are not covered by this grant.

This grant may not be used for teaching assistants (TA).

Pre-Application Information:

- Application Deadline: April 10, 2021
- Grant Result: Late May 2021

Before applying, please be sure to inform JFLA of your intention to apply for the grant via email.

The grant is provided on a cost-sharing basis between the applicant and JFLA, meaning that the applicant is expected to have detailed plans on how they will supplement the JF grant with their own or other funds if they are approved for the grant. The preferable cost-sharing from own funds is at least 1/3 (33%) of the total annual salary expenses.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit applications to:
The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles
Attn: JFLA Grant Program Officer
5700 Wilshire Blvd. Suite #100
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Tel: 323-761-7510
Fax: 323-761-7517

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