Funding for Japanese American Confinement Sites Grants Approved

Byron, California. Third generation of American children of Japanese ancestry in crowd awaiting the arrival of the next bus which will take them from their homes to the Assembly center. Author: Dorothea Lange. Department of the Interior. War Relocation Authority. (02/16/1944 – 06/30/1946).

Byron, California. Third generation of American children of Japanese ancestry in crowd awaiting the arrival of the next bus which will take them from their homes to the Assembly center. Author: Dorothea Lange. Department of the Interior. War Relocation Authority. (02/16/1944 – 06/30/1946).

Washington D.C. – Pending the President’s signature, over $2.9 million for Japanese American Confinement Sites (JACS) Grants have been approved for Fiscal Year 2015 with the passage of the 2015 Omnibus Appropriations Bill through Congress. The bill, which packages many of the smaller appropriations bills into a single larger bill, narrowly passed in the House of Representatives on Thursday, December 11th and was approved by the Senate on Saturday, December 13th.

The JACS Grant program was established by Congress in 2009 to support the preservation and interpretation of the sites where Japanese Americans were confined during World War II. The program is administered by the National Park Service and provides a total of $38 million in grants over the life of the program, with approximately $3 million approved for use each year since 2009. JACS Grants have been awarded for a variety of programs, including site restoration and conservation efforts, museum exhibits, educational materials, and research projects.

For more information on the National Park Service JACS Grant Program, please click here.

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