Salary Assistance Grant
for Japanese-Language Courses

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.

Conditions of Grant

  1. The grant support is given on the condition that the applicant will continue to offer the Japanese program after the completion of grant support from JFLA.
  2. The grant only covers the instructor’s salary and fringe benefits. Any other overhead costs (for example, costs related to housing, commuting, administrative labor, etc.) are NOT covered by this grant.
  3. The grant can be used for either full-time or part-time instructors. If the applicants have already decided on the instructor(s) by the time of application, the instructor’s information (bio, resume, or curriculum vitae) should be attached to the application form.
  4. Applicants can request up to $30,000 per year. The salary scale at the applying institution should be attached to the application form. The grant amount will be determined in accordance with JFLA’s assessment scale, and it may be less than the amount requested.
  5. The grant can be used for several instructors at the applying institution/school, but the grant amount will not exceed more than $30,000 per institution/school.
  6. In the event that a school district applies for this grant on behalf of several schools in the same district,
    - The school district may request more than $30,000 for more than one school at once.
     (Example: Two different schools in the same school district may request up to $30,000 per school.)
    - However this “$30,000 per school” applies only when the school district has more than one teacher at multiple schools in the same district. In other words, in the event that there is only one teacher in a district and he/she teaches at multiple schools in the same district, then they can only request up to $30,000.
  7. The grant is provided on a cost-sharing basis between the applicant and JFLA, meaning that the applicant is expected to have detailed plans on how they will supplement the JF grant with their own or other funds if they are approved for the grant.
  8. The grant support is for one year. JFLA can only decide on grant support one year at a time (for 2018-19 Academic Year) due to the single-year budget system. Each applicant must submit a detailed plan on how they will maintain the Japanese program after the grant support is over.
    Note: Only in Case (1) (Starting up a brand new program) can applicants request two years of grant support at once, but the grant amount is decided year by year, and therefore the continuation of grant support for Year 2 is not automatic.
  9. In principle, the grant is for the 2018-19 academic year. Applicants need to start using the grant no later than March, 2019 if they receive the grant. In other words, the “Start Date” of the grant usage cannot be later than March, 2019. 

Application Materials

Application Procedures

  1. Before applying, please be sure to inform JFLA of your intention to apply for the grant. (Email:  If you do not contact us in advance, your application may be rejected.
  2. Please submit the following required materials to JFLA by the deadline. Everything must ARRIVE at the JFLA office on or before April 10, 2018.

     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 (, 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

Post Application Procedures

*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.