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

USJETAA partners with the Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA to offer grants to JETAA Chapters and Sub-Chapters in the United States. The goal of this grant program is to support the efforts of the alumni associations of the Japan Exchange & Teaching Programme (JET Program) in the United States through opportunities to partner with SPFUSA and USJETAA to organize events and activities on U.S.-Japan relations. To build capacity for the chapters to hold activities to improve the U.S. Japan relationship, Sasakawa USA, USJETAA, and the selected chapters will collaborate to develop the programs of this grant. USJETAA and Sasakawa USA will workshop these events with the chapters.

In previous years, JETAA chapters have used the mini-grants to host a range of chapter activities from career development workshops to programs that promote Japanese culture in their community. This year, selected JETAAs will receive funding to co-host innovative activities or programs in their communities on a topic of relevance to U.S.-Japan relations in partnership with USJETAA and Sasakawa USA. These chapters will also have the opportunity to feature dynamic JET alumni in their local communities or speakers from across the United States who have contributed towards strengthening understanding and friendship between the United States and Japan.

2018-2019 Selected Grantees

JET Alumni Association of Florida: Career Development Workshop

Program date: September 8, 2018

To support the JET alumni and help them find a career that enable them to utilize their JET experience, the Florida JETAA chapter will be hosting their inaugural Career Development Workshop at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. There will be panel discussions focusing on the current job market in the U.S. with an emphasis on Florida, the diversity of careers available in U.S.-Japan relations, and sessions on marketing your skills for any job. The workshop will be followed by a reception co-hosted by the Consulate-General of Japan in Miami. Register for the event here.

JET Alumni Association of New York

Program date: January 2019

The chapter is planning to host a program to promote a discussion on U.S.-Japan relations and reconnect the JET alumni to Japan through introduction of Japanese arts and culture at a prominent museum in New York City. More details to be announced this fall.

Second Call for Applications

Second Application Round Deadline: October 26th, 2018

(Please contact director@usjetaa.org with ideas by October 12th)

Grantees will be selected by November 16th, 2018

Application

Narrative Application: 2018-2019 Sasakawa USA USJETAA Narrative Grant Application 2018-05-09 FINAL

Budget Template for Preliminary Budget: Budget Template for Preliminary Budget 2018-05-07

More Information on Applying

View the recording of the grant webinar for more information on how to apply and the key points of the grant this year:

Eligibility

  1. Applicants must be a JETAA chapter or sub chapter in good standing based in the United States
  2. The chapter’s 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: https://usjetaa.org/membership/individual-membership/)

Application Requirements

  1. Proposed topic related to U.S.-Japan relations
  2. Proposed location for holding event
  3. Possible speakers (local or out-of-state; JET alumni are preferred)
  4. Narrative description of the event, which should include the goals of the event, target audience and number of participants
  5. Brief description of the Japan landscape of the proposed location (e.g. the types of Japan related events typically held, community resources such as JAS, etc.)
  6. Brief description of what this event will add to the U.S.-Japan relationship and Japan landscape of the city
  7. Main point of contact, email, and phone number
  8. The chapter’s website and social media handles (Facebook page and/or Twitter)
  9. Preliminary budget plan. This plan can be rough; a final budget plan will be due if selected and USJETAA/Sasakawa USA will work together with the chapter

Priority given to chapters:

  • In an area with a less robust U.S.-Japan relationship
  • That have not done an event like this before
  • That have not yet received a Sasakawa USA/USJETAA chapter grant

First Application Round Deadline: July 30th, 2018

Grantees will be selected by August 30th, 2018

Second Application Round Deadline: October 26th, 2018

(Please contact director@usjetaa.org with ideas by October 12th)

Grantees will be selected by November 16th, 2018

All programs must be completed by February 15th, 2019.

The final report is due on February 28th, 2019.

 

Applicants should feel free to contact the USJETAA office with any questions or to discuss ideas – 202.653.9800 or contact@usjetaa.org.

To apply, download the application and return by email to director@usjetaa.org.

Application

Narrative Application: 2018-2019 Sasakawa USA USJETAA Narrative Grant Application 2018-05-09 FINAL

Budget Template for Preliminary Budget: Budget Template for Preliminary Budget 2018-05-07

Previous Grantees

Year 1: 2016 – 2017

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

● 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 a summary of their events.

 

Year 2: 2017 – 2018

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

● 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 a summary of their events.

Official Grant Reports

2017-2018 Grant Report

2016-2017 Grant Report