Application period is now closed.
The application period for the 2021-22 school year will open from late January, 2021.
Meanwhile, please see below for the guidelines of our 2020-21 Salary Assistance Grant program.
FISCAL YEAR 2020-21
Salary Assistance Grant for Japanese-Language Courses
Application Deadline: April 10, 2020
Grant Result: Late May, 2020
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The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles (hereafter “JFLA”) supports non-profit 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 up to $30,000 per year on a cost-sharing basis.
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 current existing program which is in danger of cut back or closure
The grant support is given on the condition that the applying institutions (hereafter “Applicants”) will continue to offer the Japanese language program after the grant support ends. It is required that applicants submit at least one commitment letter or support letter from the stakeholders (e.g., Dean, Dept. Chair, District Superintendent, Head of the Board of Education, Principal, or local business supporters, etc.) at the time of their application regarding the continuation of Japanese program after the JFLA grant support ends and beyond.
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 our 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 2021-22) is not automatic. The applicant who successfully received the Year 1 grant will need to submit a “Budget Proposal for Year 2” in mid-March along with their “Interim Report" about 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 2021-22) 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.
- Case (1) Starting up a brand new program
- Case (2) Expanding a current existing program by adding new courses/sections
- Case (3) Maintaining a current existing program which is in danger of cutbacks or closure
Before applying, please be sure to inform JFLA of your intention to apply for the grant. (Email: firstname.lastname@example.org) If you do not contact us in advance, your application may be rejected.
Application Deadline: April 10, 2020.
We understand that many schools are currently closed due to COVID-19, so we are accepting digital signatures in lieu of wet-ink signatures on the Application Form for the time being.
Please submit the following required materials to JFLA via email (email@example.com) on or before April 10, 2020, since our office is also temporarily closed. Thank you!
1) Application Form
2) At least one Commitment Letter(s) or Support Letter(s)
3) Salary Schedule at the applying institution
4) Instructor’s Information (Resume, Bio, or CV) only if you have already decided on the instructor
*In the case of STARTING UP a brand new program and requesting a 2-year grant, the grantee must submit another “Budget Proposal for Year 2,” along with the “Interim Report for Year 1” in mid-March, 2021.