Foundation Provides Support for College Prep, Cross-Cultural Understanding

Private Funder: U.S.-Japan Foundation; Opportunity: 2016 Pre-College Education Program; Funding Focus: Education and culture; Geographic Focus: National; Eligibility: Nonprofits; Funding: Varies; Deadline: July 15 (letter of intent).

Summary: The foundation funds projects in the United Stated and Japan to improve the relationship between the two countries. Projects should help high school students and their teachers better understand U.S.-Japan relations, particularly in the fields of social studies and Japanese language instruction. Funding varies, but last year the foundation distributed 21 grants worth $72,000.

Sand Lake Elementary School in Anchorage won a $5,000 grant last year to support enhanced understanding of Japanese language and culture at the K-12 level in the Anchorage School District. To see a list of past award winners: http://tinyurl.com/mgmgq42  

Info: www.us-jf.org/precollege_edu.html; David Janes, director of foundation grants, djanes@us-jf.org or 212/481-8757.

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