Legacy Fund Grants Program – 2019


JACL Chapters, Districts, and the National Youth/Student Council are eligible to apply for a grant to support a project or activity that is supportive of the National JACL Strategic Plan.  Grants of up to $5,000 each will be awarded by the Legacy Fund Grants Committee to selected applicants.  Funding for the program grants are provided by Legacy Fund revenues.


  • Only JACL Chapters, Districts, or the National Youth/Student Council are eligible to apply. They may apply individually or jointly.  Eligible entities may submit more than one application.
  • The maximum amount that can be requested for each grant, including those awarded to joint applicants, is $5,000.  Partial grants may be awarded.
  • Activities supported by grants may be ongoing or new, but must be carried out and completed no later than June  1, 2020 and must support the National JACL 2019-2020 Strategic Plan.


  • All applicants must properly complete an application and secure the required signatures of at least two individuals.
  • All applications must be filed electronically no later than the deadline of May 1, 2019.  A scanned copy of the completed, signed application sent via e-mail by midnight (PST) May 1, 2019 in Word or pdf format (together with supporting documents, if any, in pdf or other readily available software format) to Legacy Fund Grant Co-chairs Roberta Barton (rbarton4106@comcast.net) and Toshi Abe (tabe@jacl.org).
  • OR
  • Mail the original, signed copy together with supporting documents, if any, to National JACL Legacy Fund Grants Committee, 1765 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94115, postmarked by the filing deadline.

Selection of Grantees and Amounts

The Legacy Fund Grants Committee will review each properly completed, timely filed application.  The Committee will consider the following criteria in reviewing and evaluating each application:

  • Relationship of the project’s goals and objectives to the National JACL Strategic Plan (25%)
  • Potential impact of the project for the Chapter, District, and/or National JACL and the larger community (25%)
  • Capacity to implement the project, including a reasonable timeline (25%)
  • Potential sustainability of resources, (i.e., to what extent is the current funding likely to generate additional financial and/or in-kind resources toward current and/or future activities) (25%)   Note:  “In kind resources” include other non-monetary assets such as volunteer hours, use or donation of materials or supplies, etc.
  • Presence of a unique or specialized program (10%)  — (1) Does this project target individuals who have been relatively neglected or under-served by current and past JACL programs? (Consider, for example, giving priority to projects that target youth, emerging adults, young professionals, and/or those victimized by forms of intolerance other than those associated with racial or ethnic bigotry).   (2) Does this project involve new and creative means of outreach?

Reporting Requirements

The grantee must submit a final written report within 30 days after the completion of the project including verification of all funds spent and return any unspent funds.  Grantees shall also be required to submit quarterly progress reports; however, no quarterly reports are required for projects completed in six months or less.

Changes to the Project/Activity after the Award

  • Grantees must obtain prior approval from the committee if the amount awarded will not be utilized as indicated in the application.
  • Whenever a partial grant is awarded, the grantee shall submit a revised budget to the Chair or his/her designee if the difference between the amount awarded and the amount requested is greater than $500.00.  The revised budget shall be required prior to the distribution of funds to the grant recipient.  (Adopted by the National Board, October 1999).
  • Filing:  All reports and requests for changes shall be filed in the same manner set forth above and signed.

Projects Not Completed

Any applicant who does not fulfill the terms and/or conditions of the award:

  • Shall be ineligible to apply for any future Legacy Grant until the unfulfilled terms and/or conditions have been met, (Adopted by the National Board, October 1999), or the award is returned to the Legacy Fund; and
  • Shall have its future Chapter or District allocations from the Legacy Fund set off from the amount of the grant that remains unpaid.  (Legacy Fund Steering Committee, 1990).
  • If a District defaults on its grant, the individual Chapters in that District would not be penalized. They would be eligible to submit individual proposals in the following year (Legacy Fund Grants Committee, 2012).

JACL Recognition

The grant recipients must stipulate in materials and pubic relations efforts that the project or program was fully or partially funded by the JACL Legacy Fund Grants Program.

Download the program instructions and application below:

2019 LFG Application Instructions FINAL

LFG Application 2019 FINAL

2019-2020 JACL Strategic Plan

Past LFG-Funded Projects

LFG Recipients 2017 — (Video)  vimeo.com/280618388

LFG Recipients 2016

WAKU WAKU: Japanese Cultural Activities Resource Guide
Completed June 2015
Sponsored by the NCWNP JACL District

Family: An API LGBTQ Gathering
Completed June 2015
Sponsored by Seattle JACL

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