Young Leaders Fund

The Young Leaders Committee of the National Association of Japanese Canadians (NAJC) is proud to manage the Young Leaders Fund to support youth across Canada, giving Japanese Canadian youth the opportunity to help realize projects and initiatives. Successful applicants can receive up to $2,000 for their projects or initiatives. Please see the Information for Applicants form below for more details.

Deadline for Applications: July 19, 2021. New applications form will be posted soon.

Click on the downloads below for more details: 
Step 1: Information for Applicants 2021
Step 2: Application form 2021
Step 3: Summary Report 2020


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.


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 35 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


**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


To ensure that proposals are evaluated on an equitable and adequate basis, applicants must provide complete information in their applications. Incomplete applications will not be evaluated.

The following general criteria may be used to evaluate funding proposals:

  • Project or initiative’s proposed contribution to a Japanese Canadian community, and its impact on young people in this community;
  • Applicant’s preparation and qualifications for completing the project or initiative;
  • Applicant’s demonstrated commitment to and investment in a Japanese Canadian community and its young people;
  • Distinctiveness of the proposal (should not duplicate an existing or similar project or initiative); and
  • Reference letter from an NAJC member, affiliate organization (click HERE for member organizations’ contact information) or a leader in your community.


  • Funding will supplement financial support from local community and other sources—100% funding for a project or initiative may not necessarily be awarded.
  • 50% of the funds will be allocated once an application is approved and awarded, and the remainder of funds will be disbursed upon completion of the proposed project/initiative along with the submission of the completed final report (see “Expectations of Award Recipients”).
  • In the event that substantial budgetary changes, including procurement of additional funding sources, are made after an application is approved and awarded, the YLC reserves the right to revise its funding decision and/or to recall funds.
  • The maximum amount of funding available per proposed project or initiative is $2000.