Application period for the 2018-19 fiscal year closed on April 10, 2018.
Application guidelines for the 2019-20 fiscal year will be available in late January, 2019.
Meanwhile, please refer to the following guidelines for the 2018-19 fiscal year.
(Photo: Niji-Iro Elementary School, Michigan)
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
It is required that applying institutions (hereafter “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 supporters, etc.) at the time of application regarding the continuation of the Japanese program after the completion of JFLA’s grant support and beyond. Applications without these letters may also be considered depending on the situation.
Case (1) STARTING UP a brand new Japanese program:
Applicants may request funding for up to TWO years at the time of application; however, due to our single-year budget system, JFLA can only award grant support on a year-to-year basis (Year 1: 2018-19 Academic Year). Continuation of the grant support (Year 2: 2019-20 Academic Year) is not automatic, and 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 for 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 at the applying institution will be maintained after the completion of the one-year grant support.
(*)Grantees may apply again for a second year of support (for the 2019-20 Academic Year) after receiving this year’s grant. However, they will be given a lower priority than those who have never received the JFLA grant support in the past.
① Application Form
(Page 1 of your Application Form needs original-ink handwritten signatures from three representatives.)
② Commitment Letter(s) or Support Letter(s)
③ Instructor’s Information (Bio, curriculum vitae, or resume, etc.) only if you have already decided on the instructor
④ Salary Schedule at the applying institution
You may submit your application materials by email (firstname.lastname@example.org), but the Page 1 of your Application Form (original signature page) should be sent in the mail.
Mailing Address: The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles
5700 Wilshire Blvd. Suite #100, Los Angeles, CA 90036
*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, 2019.