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Aratani C.A.R.E. Awards

Grants to California Nonprofits and Individuals for
Projects that Benefit Japanese American Communities

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George and Sakaye Aratani Community Advancement Research Endowment (C.A.R.E.) and UCLA Asian American Studies Center

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Grants averaging between $1,000 and $5,000 to California nonprofit organizations and individuals for projects that advance and benefit Japanese American communities. Priority will be shown to projects that promote ties between the Japanese American community and UCLA staff, faculty, and students.

The George and Sakaye Aratani “Community Advancement Research Endowment,” or Aratani C.A.R.E., Awards program seeks proposals that will have a positive impact on and outcome for the Japanese American community, and that will involve members of the UCLA community who are supportive of JA culture and culture building. This can include events, panels, and symposia on the UCLA campus. Awards that are well-conceptualized, that have a viable methodology, and a time-frame that can be carried out within a year’s time, will be prioritized.

Awards will be considered in a wide range of areas, including most of the traditional arts, social sciences, humanities, and planning/policy areas. Possible application topics could entail educational workshops or conferences on or off the UCLA campus but again must demonstrably heighten JA community and UCLA campus ties; data collection on social issues/social needs; forums to promote creative writing; outreach to marginalized sectors of the community; innovative multi-disciplinary collaborations; archives building and organization; digitization of significant collections; publication of brochures or handbooks; projects related to Japanese newcomers; JA women; LGBT issues; leadership and youth development initiatives; etc.

Funds may be used for direct project costs such as project materials, (limited) domestic mileage, printing and photocopying, informational community forums, data collection, database development, data management, and transcription costs.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 165592

Estimated Size of Grant:

Awards average between, but are not limited to, $1,000 and $5,000.

Term of Contract:

The period for completing your proposed project cannot exceed 12 months, and support cannot be requested for an event completed prior to the application.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Nonprofit organizations and qualified individuals are invited to apply.

Funds may not be used or requested for:

- UCLA faculty or staff time, salary support, benefits, course buy-outs, or other direct or indirect compensation
- Community partner (non-profit organization) individual or staff salary/benefits support, compensation, bonus payments, or other remuneration
- Consultant payments to the campus partner or the community partner
- Any equipment purchase, leases, and rentals.
- Tangible non-inventorial theft-sensitive property having a useful life of more than one year, in the range of $200-$4,999
- Core operating support for existing programs: core operating support for general operations of an existing program or organization
- Automobile, truck, van, or other transport vehicle purchase, rental, lease, or sub-lease
- Sub-contracts
- Space, property, real estate, real estate lease(s); sub-lease(s) or purchase
- Capital improvements and/or space renovation, retro-fitting, code upgrades
- Capital campaign(s) or construction projects
- Loan forgiveness, loan payments; deficit clearing, debt reduction, or retirement of debts
- Citizen and cultural exchanges
- Travel to the United States from other countries or from the United States to other countries
- Humanitarian aid or social services
- School tuitions or scholarships
- Political activities or campaigns
- Attempts to support, change, lobby, or otherwise influence specific legislation, and/or ballot measures
- Indirect costs or administrative overhead
- Fundraising drives
- Endowments
- Honorary or visiting positions (such as performers in residence or scholar in residence)
- Support of parent organizations or headquarter offices or their activities
- Labor relations costs
- Advertising and public relations costs
- Fines and penalties
- Interest and investment costs
- Alcoholic beverages
- Recruiting costs
- Selling and marketing costs
- Defense and prosecution of criminal and civil proceedings, claims, appeals, and patent infringement
- Losses on sponsored agreements or contracts
- Donations and contributions
- Goods and services for personal use
- Insurance against defects (costs incurred to correct defects in the awardees materials or workmanship)
- Pre-agreement costs (costs incurred prior to the effective date of the award agreement)

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for the year of 2020 Aratani C.A.R.E. awards is December 02, 2019.

Award recipients will be announced in January 2020.

In order for your application to be considered, you must agree to acknowledge co-sponsorship by both the UCLA Asian American Studies Center and the Aratani C.A.R.E. Award in all project publications and materials. Consideration for future Aratani C.A.R.E. funding will depend on acknowledgment of co-sponsorship.


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

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If you have any questions, please contact (Note: Email is the best method of communication for all questions relating to the Aratani CARE award and/or technical issues).

If you have any questions specifically relating to the online website application submission process (online technical support), please send an email to:

UCLA Asian American Studies Center
3230 Campbell Hall, Box 951546
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1546

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