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Applying For 2020-2021 Grants

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Applications and Guidelines for the 2020-2021 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.

Greater emphasis will be placed on programs that provide outreach to and inclusion of members in the community that are identified as socially isolated.

Outreach can include seeking new participants in activities or reengaging with past participants in programs. Both forms of outreach will be prioritized. Both forms of outreach will be prioritized as Keiro is continuing to focus on programs and partnerships that reduce social isolation among older adults and their caregivers.

Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. PDT on Friday, October 30, 2020.
Announcements of the results for this cycle will take place by March 2021.

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 Southern California.

Keiro’s Grants Programs has invested in more than 50 organizations through program development, capital improvements, capacity building, and core operating support. Grant proposals are evaluated by an independent review committee comprised of members of the Japanese American and Japanese-speaking communities with experience in business, nonprofits, and health care.

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Grant Application
Guidelines and FAQ
Eligibility Criteria
Important Deadlines

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

Grant Application

Applications are available in Word document or Online formats this year.

Keiro Grant Application 2020-2021 (Online application)

Guidelines and FAQ

Please refer to the guidelines and FAQ for more information.

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 County

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: October 15, 2020
Early submissions will receive non-binding feedback from program staff. You may submit for early feedback any time before October 15. We ask that you include your project budget with early submissions.

Final submissions will be due by 5:00 p.m. PDT Friday October, 30, 2020

Please be sure to submit all attachments with your final submission.

We ask that all submitting organizations refrain from visiting and dropping off applications in-person. Mailed in applications will be accepted.


We will be hosting online workshops to go over the Grants Program, guidelines, changes from previous years, and how to apply.
Registration is required to attend the workshops. Online workshops are scheduled as follows:

  • Thursday, August 27, 2020 | 11:00 a.m. Online Webinar
  • Tuesday, September 1, 2020 | 2:00 p.m. Online Webinar*
  • Wednesday, September 9, 2020 | 5:00 p.m. Online Webinar
    *Denotes that the workshop will be offered in Japanese

To sign up for an upcoming Grants Program Workshop, please follow this link.


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