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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 Culture Education

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Japan Commerce Association of Washington Foundation (JCAWF)

Deadline Date:

07/30/17 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/or 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/or culture
- Realia for teaching Japanese language and/or 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.

1. 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, and/or Japanese culture.

2. 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/or Japanese culture.

3. The proposal is innovative, creative and adds value to the school’s current resources, programs, and instruction on Japan, the Japanese language, and/or Japanese culture.

4. The proposal explains how the results of the program and/or project can be clearly seen, measured, and/or evaluated.

5. 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.

6. 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.

Term of Contract:

The grant must be expended during the 2017 - 2018 school year. Grantees must return any grant money that is unused no later than June 30, 2018.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Public, private, and charter/magnet schools that teach K-12 students in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia are eligible.

Heritage centers in those states also are eligible, provided they are teaching Japanese language and/or culture to Americans of Japanese heritage and others.

Schools may apply every year, whether they received a grant the previous year or not. Schools that have received the Sakura Grant in 2012-2016 are eligible to apply for the 2017 Washington DC Sakura Grant.

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 at the JCAW Foundation office no later than July 30, 2017. Schools will be notified no later than September 30, 2017 whether their application has been approved. While items may be purchased in Japanese yen, all payments from JCAWF will be made in US dollars.

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. For example, a grant application can be made for books and DVDs for classroom use, books on Japan for the school library, and support for a school Japan festival. Only one overall grant application is required, but a separate description of each program or project must be included. JCAWF may approve none, some, or all of the proposed programs and projects.

Contact Information:

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

Complete the application form online:

Then, print, email and mail the application to:

JCAW Foundation
Washington DC Sakura Grant Program
1819 L Street NW Suite B2
Washington DC 20036


For questions, call 202-833-2210 or email the address above.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Maryland;   Virginia;   Washington, DC