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Since 2016, Keiro has utilized the grants program as one of many key strategies to support the evolving needs of older adults and their caregivers in the community. Keiro supports the efforts of other organizations and agencies working in alignment with our mission and goals within our service are to advance Keiro’s mission to enhance the quality of senior life in Our Community.

It takes a community to care for our older adults. Keiro’s funding is based on the premise and understanding that we cannot achieve our mission to enhance the quality of senior life alone. The grants program focuses on supporting community efforts that enhance the quality of life of older adults and caregivers in the Japanese American community, in line with Keiro’s definition of quality of life. 

a woman in pink and a woman in blue talking to each other
older couple receiving a bento from a woman

Keiro’s grantmaking consists of more than funding bento deliveries, supporting transportation, or purchasing new equipment for a community center. The true impact of Keiro’s Grants Program lies in how these numerous organizations help enhance the quality of life for older adults and their caregivers with methods that are unique and specific to each constituency. With each bento comes an opportunity to socialize and to enjoy a healthy meal. Every event that an older adult is able to attend as a result of transportation assistance helps decrease their risk of social isolation. New equipment can help those with hearing impairments enjoy and share their experiences with the rest of the group. Behind each grant are deeper experiences detailing how older adults and their caregivers are impacted. With more than 70 organizations receiving support from Keiro to date, there are countless solutions to be found and stories to be told.

Read about our Grant Recipients

The submission period for the 2023-2024 Grants Cycle is now closed. For any questions, please contact [email protected].

Funding announcements for the 2023-2024 Grants Cycle were made in February.

Grant Recipients’ Voices

“The seniors are so grateful. They keep repeating, ‘thank you so much, I’m enjoying the meal.’ And they enjoy the time. We have some participants who don’t get any visitors and so this is an opportunity for them to spend some time with someone to just talk about their daily life.”

Amy Iwamasa Volunteer Coordinator for OCBC’s Tomodachi Bento Project

“We really appreciate Keiro’s programming and what they do for us. We’re a small mom-and-pop organization but their impact is so huge. I can’t say enough about their mission and their goals.”

Sue Kawasaki President of Continuing Education for Nikkei Widowed, Inc.

“I give credit to the grant application process that prompted us to find out why we have lost contact with some of our members who were no longer coming to church or events. The Keiro grant really helped us focus on older adults who were missing in action, with whom we have lost contact. Most have very good reasons (physical issues, no longer drive, living in a care facility, etc).”

Dorothy Kirkland First Presbyterian Church, Altadena Project leader for Otomodachi Outreach

“It was a privilege for me to be able to serve on the committee. During the review process, we saw so many community partners in the three service counties who are working to ensure the overall health (physical, mental, emotional) of older adults. Since these organizations know their members best, they have designed programs that cater to their group with care and empathy. They work hard to ensure that the older adults and caregivers of our communities can maintain a good quality of life, and be able to enjoy what our community has to give.”

Nancy Okubo Grants Review Committee