Frequently Asked Questions

OVERVIEW

  1. Why is Keiro doing a Grants Program?

The Keiro Grants Program is a key component of Keiro’s strategy to enhance the quality of senior life in Our Community.  We know that there are many organizations and agencies that are providing services and care for older adults and their caregivers in the Japanese American and Japanese community in Los Angeles, Orange, and Ventura Counties.

Our Grants Program will enable us to use Keiro’s resources to support these organizations so that they can strengthen current services and develop new and innovative programs.

  1. What are the deadlines for grant proposals?

Keiro’s deadline for grant proposals is September 1st. Those who submit applications by August 15th will be able to receive a preliminary, non-binding review by Keiro’s grants program staff.

  1. Are grant guidelines available?

We have three level of funding each with separate applications. Applications are available at www.keiro.org/grants.

  1. Can we speak to someone at Keiro to help us write our proposal?

We encourage applicants to review our guidelines in preparing proposals and to call if they have questions. We also invite you to attend one of our informational workshops where we will review guidelines, answer questions, and assist organizations with their applications. For a schedule of workshops and to register, please visit www.keiro.org/grants.

  1. Is there a person responsible for handling grants in specific areas of funding?

No. Proposals are not assigned based on specific areas of funding. Keiro’s grants program staff and volunteer, community based Grants Review Committee are trained to review all types of requests.

 

ELIGBILITY

  1.  Do you give grants to individuals?

No.

  1. Do you give grants to organizations outside of Los Angeles County?

Yes! Keiro is committed to enhancing the lives of older adults and giving grants to benefit older adults in Los Angeles, Orange, and Ventura Counties. Organizations that receive grants do not need to be based in these counties, as long as the older adults who benefit from the project/program/service reside in Los Angeles, Orange, or Ventura Counties.

  1. Does Keiro grant money to commercial businesses?

No, Keiro does not fund for-profit organizations or businesses.

  1. We are a new organization and don’t yet have 501(c)3 status. May we still apply?

No. You might consider linking with an existing 501(c)3 that would agree to serve as a fiscal sponsor for your program.

  1. May we collaborate/partner with another organization to apply for a grant?

You may. However, if you are planning to collaborate or partner with another organization, please submit a letter of support indicating that the partnering organization is agreeing to partner with you. Please note that the primary grant recipient must have 501(c)3 status (or be fiscally sponsored, or religious).

  1. How does Keiro define “Our Community”?

Our Community refers to the Japanese American and Japanese community and those who embrace our culture and values.

  1. A member of the Keiro Board of Directors or Keiro staff is part of our organization. Does that affect our chances for receiving a grant?

No. Keiro Board or Keiro staff affiliation with your organization does not influence your chances of receiving funding.

All members of the Grants Review Committee are non-Board members. Grants Review Committee members all sign a Code of Ethical Conduct that outlines processes for recusing one’s self in any potential conflicts of interest.

  1. Will organizations receive preferential treatment depending on their history with Keiro?

No. Funding decisions will be based solely on the merit and impact of the proposal in accordance with the Grants Program guidelines. Any previous partnerships or relationships will not be considered when evaluating applicants. This includes previous grant recipients.

 

TYPES OF FUNDING

  1. Do you fund general operating expenses?

Keiro makes grants for general operating expenses, often called core operating support, in addition to program, capital, and capacity building projects.

  1. Will Keiro consider loans?

Loans, or mission related investments, are not considered.

  1. Do you prefer to fund capital or program?

Funding of direct services is a priority for Keiro. However, we will make grants for capital expenditures, such as equipment purchases, construction and renovation. We will also consider capacity building expenses on a case-by-case basis.

  1. Does Keiro award multi-year funding?

The grant period is up to one year.

 

LEVELS OF GRANT FUNDING

  1. Is there a minimum grant amount for the small grants program?

No. Applications are welcome for any amount up to $10,000.

  1. How many grants will be funded in each funding level?

The number of grants funded overall and in each grant level will be based on the Grants Review Committee’s evaluations in accordance with the Grants Guidelines. The number of grants awarded will be decided during the review process and will not be influenced by the previous year’s results.

  1. Has a specific percentage of the total grant amount been set aside for the small, medium or large grants program?

No. The determination of grant awards will be based on the strength of the proposals received and the needs of the community that are addressed.

  1. Is there a difference in how the three levels of funding will be reviewed?

For small grants, high priority will be given to organizations with annual operating budgets less than $500,000. The operating budget of a fiscal sponsor will be not be taken into account when giving priority.

 

APPLICATION PROCESS, PROCEDURES, AND REVIEW

  1. How will I know if you received my proposal?

We acknowledge receipt of every proposal by email.

  1. Do you require a letter of inquiry (LOI) before submitting a proposal?

No.

  1. Should we wait to hear from you before applying to others?

It is a good idea to submit applications to multiple sources of funding.

  1. Will you come for a site visit?

A high priority is placed on contact with applicant agencies. Site visits are conducted with select organizations when a proposal is under active review. The staff person reviewing your proposal will initiate the visit. Not all applicants will be guaranteed a site visit.

  1. Are proposals accepted by fax or e-mail?

Keiro is able to accept electronically submitted requests. If the application is too large to fit into one email, please send the application in multiple emails. Application will also be accepted online through www.keiro.org/grants.

  1. May we submit additional proposals for different projects within the same year?

We understand that a number of community centers, churches, and temples have multiple programs for older adults. Keiro does accept multiple proposals for distinct programs that fall under the same organization. We do also accept applications from fiscally sponsored organizations who may be applying under a larger organization.

  1. When and how will I know if my proposal has been accepted or rejected?

All applicants will receive an electronic communication regarding the status of their application after the Grants Review Committee has reviewed, deliberated, and made recommendations regarding the request. We anticipate final decisions to be announced in January 2018.

  1. In addition to the proposal, what kinds of supporting documentation will we be asked to submit?

Download our grant proposal guidelines at www.keiro.org/grants which outline the required attachments.

  1. We recently submitted a proposal and were declined. May we re-submit?

Another request is eligible for consideration during our next grant cycle. Please sign up for Keiro’s eNewsletter to stay up to date on our next grants cycle.

 

FEEDBACK ON PROPOSAL SUBMISSIONS AND DECLINATIONS

  1. If we submit a proposal early will we receive feedback from staff?

Yes. If you submit your proposal by August 15th with the indication that you would like a preliminary review, Keiro grants program staff will look over submitted materials and give you feedback on any items that may require further refinement. Any proposal submission from August 15th– September 1st will not be considered for preliminary review. Preliminary review does not mean an earlier approval process, but having input from grants review staff will likely result in a stronger proposal.

  1. Our proposal was declined. Can you tell us why?

The grants program staff and Board look for exemplary programs and projects that best meet Keiro’s key areas of interest. We are happy to share feedback on proposals that were not funded. Please contact Brandon Leong at grants@keiro.org to schedule a time to get more detailed feedback on your request.

 

REPORTING AND REAPPLYING

  1. If our organization is awarded, how long do we have to complete the final report?

Final reports are due at the conclusion of the grant cycle. The grant cycle is 12 months after receiving the award. If any changes need to be made from the original project timeline, contact Brandon Leong at grants@keiro.org.

  1. How will I know if you received my final report?

We acknowledge receipt of every report by email.

  1. How soon can we reapply?

Your organization is eligible to reapply for funding during the next grant cycle.

 

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Additional information:

For more information, please contact Brandon Leong, Director of Programs, at 213.873.5705 or grants@keiro.org.

日本語での詳細は、福山可奈子まで、電話 213.873.5709 あるいはEメール grants@keiro.org にてお問い合わせください。