USJETAA/Sasakawa USA Grants for JETAA Chapters and Sub-chapters

This is the fourth year of the Chapter Grant Program for JETAA Chapters and Sub-Chapters in partnership with Sasakawa USA. This grant program provides opportunities for the alumni associations of the Japan Exchange & Teaching Program (JET Program) to partner with Sasakawa USA and USJETAA to organize events and activities on U.S.-Japan relations in their regions. To build the JET alumni associations’ capacity and activities to improve the U.S. Japan relationship, Sasakawa USA, USJETAA, and the selected chapters will collaborate to develop the programs of the grant. USJETAA and Sasakawa USA will work with the chapters to workshop these events.

Applications are currently closed.

2019-2020 Grantees

In the fourth year of the program, Sasakawa USA and USJETAA have awarded grants to two JETAA chapters in its first application round. The selected JETAA chapters are:

New England JET Alumni Association - One Bite at a Time
Program date: February 21, 2020
The New England JETAA chapter is partnering with the Japan Society of Boston (JSB) to co-host an educational event highlighting food as a universal language to build cultural understanding between the United States and Japan. A speaker from Table For Two USA (TFT USA), a non-profit organization that promotes their original program, “Wa-Shokuiku: Learn. Cook. Eat Japanese!” will facilitate an educational food education and bento workshop inspired by Japanese cuisine and philosophies. Attendees will learn about the history, tradition, and cultural significance of popular Japanese food items as well as how food has helped facilitate strong U.S.-Japan ties. Attendees will learn how to prepare and eat a healthy, traditional Japanese bento lunch. In addition, Alexis Agliano Sanborn (Shimane, 2009-2011), a JET alumni and former member of the TFT team, will present the Boston premiere of her documentary Nourishing Japan on kyushoku (Japanese school lunch), and shokuiku (food education) in Japan.  This event will be the second collaboration between NEJETAA and JSB.

JET Alumni Association of Washington, D.C. (JETAADC) - Maintaining the JET Momentum: The Post-Exchange Pipeline to Successful U.S.-Japan Leadership (REPORT)

Program date: November 7, 2019
JETAADC held an event celebrating the 30th anniversary of the founding of the JETAADC alumni chapter. The program emphasized the connections and continuing impact of JETs on U.S. Japan relations in the Washington, DC, region.

JET Alumni Association of Southeast (JETAASE) – Alabama Sub-Chapter - Opportunities to Strengthen Japan-Alabama Ties (REPORT)
Program date: September 15, 2019

The JETAASE Alabama Sub-chapter will hold a seminar to inspire students and young professionals in Alabama to think about Japan-related career opportunities within the region. The program will feature discussions on Japanese ties to the State of Alabama, experience of Americans working for a Japanese company in the United States, and opportunities to gain international experience in Japan. JETAASE Alabama Sub-chapter is partnering with the Japan America Society of Alabama to put on this event.


Grant Program Details

Application Instructions

Download the narrative application form and the budget template below, complete, and send to Bahia Simons-Lane at If you have any questions, please let us know!

About the Grant Program

This grant program intends to support JETAA chapters in hosting robust events that further U.S.-Japan relations at the grassroots level. By receiving this grant and working with Sasakawa USA/USJETAA, we expect the JETAA chapters will be able to elevate their leadership role in their local U.S.-Japan community as well as strengthen the JET alumni network in the United States. The program also intends to support the event planners/chapter leaders take on more ambitious programs than they could without the grant. In addition, we hope to provide JETAA chapters an opportunity to learn about the grant process for those interested in applying for larger grants at other organizations in the future.

All applications should have a clear focus on a particular aspect of U.S.-Japan relations. Applicants should think critically about the application questions and elaborate as much as possible on how the event contributes to U.S.-Japan relations in their local community.

Please contact Bahia Simons-Lane at USJETAA office with questions or to discuss ideas at any time: 202.653.9800 or

Successful grantees will do the bulk of the planning and execution of the events. However, USJETAA and Sasakawa USA will be available to guide JETAA chapters through the grant writing and execution processes as needed. The support will be customized to individual chapters’ needs and may include assistance such as: workshopping during the early planning stages of conceptualizing the event, brainstorming or requesting speakers, and providing limited logistical support. Grantees are expected to abide by the grant agreement, which includes: meeting with USJETAA/Sasakawa USA periodically, tracking the usage of the funding, participating in a post-event review meeting, acknowledging the grantors, and promoting the event via social media (to advertise the event and to recap the event once it’s finished).


  1. Applicants must be a JETAA chapter or sub-chapter in good standing based in the United States.
  2. The chapter president and the individual coordinating the grant project (if a different person than the chapter president) must be signed up as a member of USJETAA. If you are not a member you can sign up for a free membership here:
  3. Your chapter must be a member of USJETAA. Not signed up yet? It just takes a few minutes. Do it here: Please use an email address not associated with an individual member account.
  4. Must submit a completed application.


First application deadline: July 1, 2019

Second application deadline: October 31, 2019

  • First round grantees will be selected by August 1, 2019
  • All programs, including the post-event review meeting with USJETAA and Sasakawa USA, must be completed by February 14, 2020.
  • Final reports are due one month from the post-event review meeting or no later than February 28, 2020.


Previous Grantees

Year 3: 2018 – 2019

In the third year of the program, Sasakawa USA and USJETAA awarded grants to four JETAA chapters.

Read a summary of these events in the 2018-2019 Grant Report.

Year 2: 2017 – 2018

In the second year of the program, Sasakawa USA and USJETAA awarded six grants from five JETAA chapters.

  • JET Alumni Association Heartland
  • JET Alumni Association of New York
  • JET Alumni Association Pacific Northwest
  • JET Alumni Association Rocky Mountain
  • JET Alumni Association of Texoma

Read about these events in the 2017-2018 Grant Report.

Year 1: 2016 – 2017

In its inaugural year, Sasakawa USA and USJETAA awarded a total of eight grants to seven JETAA chapters.

  • JET Alumni Association of Chicago
  • JET Alumni Association of Florida
  • JET Alumni Association of Minnesota
  • JET Alumni Association of New York
  • JET Alumni Association Pacific Northwest
  • JET Alumni Association of Southern California
  • JET Alumni Association of Washington, D.C.

Read about these events in the 2016-2017 Grant Report.