Applying For 2019-2020 Grants

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Applications and Guidelines for the 2019-2020 Cycle of Keiro’s Grants Program are now available. This year, Keiro is continuing to prioritize programs and partnerships that reduce social isolation among older adults and their caregivers.

Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, August 30, 2019. Announcements of the results for this cycle will take place in early January, 2020.

Priority will be given to applicant organizations with annual operating budgets of less than $1 million. There will be one funding level of up to $15,000. Although organizations may apply for more than one grant, funding will be limited to a maximum of $15,000 per organization.

All applications must be submitted in English.

The Grants Program enables Keiro to advance its mission of enhancing the quality of senior life in our community by providing support for new and ongoing programs. Grantmaking allows Keiro to extend its resources by investing in local organizations and agencies providing services to Japanese American and Japanese older adults in Los Angeles, Orange, and Ventura counties.

Since its inception in 2016, the Keiro Grants Program has supported more than 50 organizations that work closely with our community’s most vulnerable and highest-needs population. Grant proposals are evaluated by an independent review committee comprised of members of the Japanese American and Japanese community with experience in business, nonprofits, and health care.

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Guidelines, FAQ, and Applications
Eligibility Criteria
Important Deadlines
Grants Workshops

For any questions about the program, please email or call 213.873.5703.

Guidelines, FAQ and Applications

Please refer to the guidelines, FAQ, and the applications for more information.

The application is available in Word and online formats this year.

Online Web Portal Application Link
Note: For continuing saved applications – please use this link to access and continue working on your saved application.

Eligibility Criteria

Eligible proposals must be for programs and services that:

  • Primarily serve older adults and/or caregivers in the Japanese American and Japanese communities
  • Serve Los Angeles, Orange, and/or Ventura counties

Organizations eligible for a grant must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Nonprofit organizations that are tax exempt under IRS Section 501(c)(3)
  • Community groups that have a 501(c)(3) organization serving as their fiscal agent
  • Faith-based nonprofit organizations are eligible for funding if they welcome and serve all members of the community

Ineligible Submission Types

Funds will not be granted to the following:

  • Service programs that are focused outside of the three identified communities (Los Angeles County, Orange County, and Ventura County)
  • Government agencies and institutions
  • Medical research
  • Individuals
  • Fundraising events
  • Endowments
  • Political campaigns or lobbying
  • Grantmaking institutions or pass-through grants

Important Deadlines

Early submission deadline: August 15, 2019

Early submissions will receive non-binding feedback from program staff. You may submit for early feedback any time before August 15. We ask that you include your project budget with early submissions.

Final submissions will be due by 5:00 p.m. PST Friday August, 30, 2019

Please be sure to submit all attachments with your final submission

Submissions must be turned in by 5:00 p.m. PST or be post-marked by August 30, 2019 to be considered.

Grant Workshops

We will be hosting workshops to go over the Grants Program, guidelines, changes from previous years, and how to apply.

Workshops are scheduled as follows:

  • Thursday, June 13, 2019 | 4:00 p.m. Los Angeles Hompa Hongwanji Buddhist Temple
  • Wednesday, June 19, 2019 | 10:00 a.m. Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute*
  • Thursday, June 27, 2019 | 10:00 a.m. Wintersburg Presbyterian Church*
  • Tuesday, July 2, 2019 | 11:00 a.m. Online Webinar
  • Saturday, July 13, 2019 | 10:00 a.m. Japanese American Cultural & Community Center
  • Monday, July 15, 2019 | 6:00 p.m. Venice Japanese Community Center
  • Thursday, July 18, 2019 | 12:00 p.m. Online Webinar**
  • Thursday, July 25, 2019 |6:00 p.m. Mission Valley Free Methodist Church

*Held in both English and Japanese
**Can provide Japanese translation upon request

Registration is required to attend the workshops. Please register from the link below:

Google Form Registration


These resources may provide helpful statistics and facts that can assist organizations when applying for Keiro grants: