This year, Keiro is prioritizing programs and partnerships that focus on enhancing quality of life for older adults and caregivers in the Japanese American community of Los Angeles, Orange, and Ventura counties.
Keiro fulfills its mission by supporting culturally-sensitive programs, services, and collaboration that incorporates key elements contributing to a high quality of life for older adults and their caregivers, listed below:
- Health/Wellness: A person’s health/wellness is defined by their physical, mental, and emotional state of being. Health/wellness includes both the presences, absence and/or risk of disease and symptoms, and the individual’s perception of their health status.
- Purpose: An older adult should have at least one self-defined purpose – something that brings meaning and joy to their life. Purpose can include family and friends, community engagement, hobbies, and spirituality. While it is often revisited throughout one’s lifetime, a lack of purpose can contribute to a decline in wellbeing.
- Connectedness: Humans are inherently social and need engagement through social networks to thrive. Connectedness – whether at an individual family, or community level – is vital to physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing. Lack of social connection, including in-person and virtually, has been shown to have significant negative impact on overall health/wellness.
- Security: A sense of security is necessary for older adults to live a healthy and fulfilling life. Security includes financial stability; consistent housing; a reliable social network; and access to high quality, affordable services. A lack of security in even one of the previously listed areas can impede an older adult’s quality of life.
- Autonomy: As older adults age, autonomy, and the ability to choose how to live life the way they want should be maintained as much as possible. Although physical and/or cognitive limitations may make this difficult, lacking even a feeling of autonomy can lead to a decline in quality of life.
Applications must share information on how at least one of these areas of quality of life are being enhanced for the community’s older adults and caregivers.
Priority will be given to applicant organizations with annual operating budgets of less than $1 million to support grassroots organizations.
Funding priority will also be given to recurring or periodic programs over funding for one-time events to provide sustained support for quality of life.
There will be one funding level of up to $20,000. Although organizations may apply for more than one grant, funding will be limited to a maximum of $20,000 per organization.
All applications must be submitted in English.
Applications have closed at this time. For any questions, please email to [email protected].
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 70 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.
For any questions about the program, please email [email protected] or call 213.873.5703 and leave a message.
Guidelines and FAQ
Please refer to the guidelines and FAQ for more information.
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
- Fundraising events
- Political campaigns or lobbying
- Grantmaking institutions or pass-through grants
These resources may provide helpful statistics and facts that can assist organizations when applying for Keiro grants: