Applying For Grants

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Applications and Guidelines for the 2018 Cycle of Keiro’s Grants Program are now available. This year, Keiro is prioritizing programs and partnerships that reduce social isolation among older adults.

Priority will be given to organizations with under a $1 million operating budget. There will be one funding level of up to $15,000. Support will be limited to one grant per organization.

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.

Focusing on our community’s most vulnerable and highest-needs populations, 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 community with experience in business, nonprofits, and health care.

Please refer to the application and the guidelines 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 community
  • 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


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
  • Grant making institutions or pass-through grants

For any questions, please contact Makoto Kotani, Program Associate, at 213.873.5703 or


Grants Workshops

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

Registration is required to attend the workshops. Workshops are scheduled as follows:

  • Wednesday, June 13, 2018 | 2:00 p.m. East San Gabriel Valley Japanese Community Center
  • Monday, June 18, 2018 | 6:00 p.m. Venice Japanese Community Center
  • Saturday, June 23, 2018 | 10:00 a.m. Japanese American Cultural & Community Center
  • Tuesday, June 26, 2018 | 4:00 p.m. Los Angeles Hompa Hongwanji Buddhist Temple
  • Friday, June 29, 2018 | 10:00 a.m. Orange County Buddhist Church
  • Tuesday, July 3, 2018 | 10:00 a.m. Faith United Methodist Church
  • Friday, July 6, 2018 | 12:00 p.m. Online Webinar
  • Tuesday, July 24, 2018 | 11:00 a.m. Online Webinar
  • Ventura County TBA

Please register using this link or by emailing



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