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Washington DC Sakura Grant Program

Grants to Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia K-12 Schools and
Heritage Centers for Japanese Language and Cultural Education

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Japan Commerce Association of Washington Foundation (JCAWF)

Deadline Date:

07/26/19 Receipt


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Grants ranging from $500 to $2,000 to Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia schools and heritage centers for educational enrichment in Japanese language and culture. Funding is intended for K-12 programs at public, private, and charter or magnet schools, as well as heritage centers that teach Japanese language and culture.

Eligible items for support include:

- Books, magazines, newspapers, DVDs, CD-ROMs, software and apps, etc. that are used to teach the Japanese language and culture
- Materials for teaching Japanese language and culture
- Expenses to establish new Japanese language programs, including AP
- Teachers’ expenses to attend workshops and conferences that enhance Japanese language teaching capabilities
- Conferences or workshops organized by universities or language teachers associations that enhance Japanese language teaching capabilities at the K-12 level
- Materials and performance fees for Japanese cultural events
- Japanese language advocacy, promotion, and marketing materials aimed at attracting students to study Japanese
- Hi-tech hardware and software (computers, projectors, DVD players, display monitors, etc.)
- Transportation to Japan-related events, exhibits, and programs
- Participation in a Japan Bowl or speech contest
- Any combination of the above

Grant proposals will be approved based on the following criteria:
- The proposal provides a clear explanation of why and how the grant will improve the students’ experience and ability to learn about Japan, the Japanese language, or Japanese culture.
- The proposal provides a clear explanation of why and how the grant will enhance the teacher’s and school’s capability and effectiveness in teaching about Japan, the Japanese language, and Japanese culture.
- The proposal is innovative, creative and adds value to the school’s current resources, programs, and instruction on Japan, the Japanese language, or Japanese culture.
- The proposal explains how the results of the program or project can be clearly seen, measured, and evaluated.
- The proposal provides a clear, realistic, and thorough budget that explains how the money will be used, what will be purchased, at what cost, etc.
- The grant will be expended during the school year for which it is approved.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 172572

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants will range between $500 and $2,000 per school, per school year. Schools may apply for more than one project, but the total amount requested for all projects may not exceed $2,000 in one school year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Public, private, and charter/magnet schools that teach K-12 in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia are eligible for a Washington DC Sakura Grant. Heritage centers in these states also are eligible, provided they are teaching Japanese language and/or culture to Americans of Japanese heritage and others.

Non-eligible items for support:
- Capital improvements
- Indirect or overhead costs
- Stipends or salaries for teachers, teachers’ assistants, or substitute teachers
- General school supplies
- Food or refreshments
- Scholarships, awards, prizes, or incentives
- Trips to Japan
- Graduate study

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be received both electronically and in hard copy by July 26, 2019.

Schools will be notified no later than September 30, 2019, whether their application has been approved.

Schools may apply every year, whether they received a grant the previous year or not. Schools which have received the Sakura Grant in 2012-2018 are eligible to apply for the 2019 Washington DC Sakura Grant. Schools are eligible to apply for the Washington DC Sakura Grant (which was re-established in 2017) for a total of three years.

Contact Information:

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

Online application form:

Then, print, email and mail the application to:
JCAW Foundation
Washington DC Sakura Grant Program
1819 L Street NW Suite B2
Washington DC 20036


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Geographic Focus:

USA: Maryland;   Virginia;   Washington, DC