Community Development Fund

For 2019-2020 fiscal year, the Community Development Fund will not be awarded as we are dedicating these monies to other projects.

NAJC Community Development Fund Program

2018-2019 Information


The mandate of the Community Development Committee (CDC) is to respond to the needs of the Japanese Canadian community.  More specifically, the CDC provides direction to the National Executive Board (NEB) regarding needs evidenced by groups such as seniors, youth, and Ijusha.  The CDC is also responsible for providing the NEB with a link to the Cultural Centers and arts groups.

Working towards its purpose of responding to community needs, the CDC has provided another opportunity to obtain funding towards one project to be initiated during the 2018-19 fiscal year.  2018 is a significant year in the history of our community: the 30th anniversary of Redress.  You are invited to put forward projects that will memorialize the anniversary. Only one project will be approved by the NAJC for each Full and Supporting Member Organization and that the proposal must be signed by the President/Chair of the organization making the application.

Purpose of the Community Development Fund Program

The Program aims to achieve the following:

To address capacity building of Member and Supporting Organizations with regard to leadership and board development, fundraising, strategic planning and volunteer recruitment;

To support participants in promoting their project / initiative;

To provide financial assistance in the form of grants to eligible Program participants;

To supply participants with a reference guide and resources for future initiatives;

To create and access CDC toolkits for Organizations in planning similar initiatives.

Applicant Eligibility

To be eligible for Community Development Fund, the applicant must be an NAJC “Member Organization” or “Supporting Organization” in good standing.

If the Organization has previously participated in a program funded by the Community Development Fund all outstanding reports must be submitted to the NAJC, before approval for 2018-2019 funding will be granted.

Program / Initiative Eligibility

To be eligible for Community Development Program funding, the program / initiative must focus on the local organization development that benefits its members and promotes the work of the NAJC.

Please Note: Applicants are not eligible to apply to the NAJC Endowment Fund and the Community Renewal Fund for the same Community Development project if approved. 

Application Forms

Provided that the application fulfills the eligibility requirements, the maximum grant that will be awarded to a Member Organization, is $3,000, and $500 for a Supporting Member Organization applicant.  Please note that the maximum amount may not be awarded.  The grant is intended to be supplemental funding and it is not intended that this will be the sole funding source. 100% of the maximum funding for a project / initiative will not be provided.

Application must be completed on the form provided (or a photocopy/electronic copy) and must be forwarded to:

Community Development Committee
NAJC National Executive Office
180 McPhillips Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3E 2J9
Tel: 204-943-2910

Application Form

Deadline for applications is April 29, 2018, 2:30 pm CDT.

Evaluation Process

The Community Development Committee (CDC) will review all applications.

A member of the CDC may contact a representative of an applicant to review or clarify the details of its application.  All applications must be complete and self-contained.

Program Participant Obligations

Successful Program applicants are required to carry out their program / initiative as proposed.  When the project has been approved, 50% of the allocation will be given to the organization.

Upon completion of the program / initiative a Summary Report must be submitted to the NAJC on the form provided by the NAJC and the remaining 50% will be issued to the organization.  These Summary Reports will then be compiled by the CDC and redistributed to Program participants to be used as a reference tool for possible future programs / initiatives.