The Young Leaders Committee (YLC) of the National Association of Japanese Canadians (NAJC) was established in 2014 as a core group of engaged young leaders from Japanese Canadian communities nationwide. The YLC seeks to engage, connect, mentor, and advocate for young people in Japanese Canadian communities, and to support the development of the next generation of Japanese Canadian leaders.
In accordance with its mandate, the YLC has established the Young Leaders Fund (YLF) to help support the work of young leaders in Japanese Canadian communities across Canada.
PURPOSE OF NAJC YOUNG LEADERS FUND
The purpose of the YLF is to provide financial assistance to young Japanese Canadian individuals and organisations for projects and initiatives directed toward young people in Japanese Canadian communities. Such projects and initiatives should clearly promote or develop Japanese Canadian community and/or culture.
The YLC encourages applications from young people of all backgrounds. Preference will be given to first-time applicants.
- Must be a young person in a Japanese Canadian community (up to 39 years of age)
- Preference will be given to a Canadian citizen/resident who is a member of a Japanese Canadian community
- Must be an organisation comprised of young people in Japanese Canadian communities
PROJECT OR INITIATIVE ELIGIBILITY
**Please note that projects or initiatives that are either currently being considered for or have already been funded through the NAJC’s National Endowment Fund are not eligible for funding through the YLF.
Examples of projects or initiatives that may be funded
- Start-up costs, pilot projects, or project costs on a one-time only or short term basis
- Workshops, competitions, or festivals
- Commercial or for-profit projects, where funds do not comprise profits
Examples of what will not be funded
- Core budgets of established organizations or costs to maintain ongoing operations
- Repayment of debt
- Projects or initiatives completed prior to application deadline
- Purchase of prizes or awards