Community Development Grants

The Community Development grant program aims to achieve the following:

  • To build the capacity 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.

The Community Development Fund 2022 will support projects or events that help commemorate the 80th anniversary of the start of Internment in 1942, the 75th anniversary of the National Association of Japanese Canadians (NAJC) or the achievement of BC Redress on May 21, 2022. Alternatively, funding can be used to offset the costs of attending the 75th Anniversary Human Rights Symposium, to be held October 28-30 in Toronto.

A total of $10,000 has been set aside to fund Community Development Grants in 2022. The minimum amount of funding available would be $645 per full member organization, $325 for supporting member organizations if all organizations applied for funds. This funding level may increase if some organizations choose not to apply for funding.

All aspects of the application must be completed by July 31, 2022 to be considered by the Community Development Committee. Any accompanying document can be uploaded by July 31, 2022.

Applicant Eligibility

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

If the Organization has previously been awarded a Community Development grant, all outstanding reports must be submitted to the NAJC, before any further funding will be approved.

Application Forms

Applications must be completed and submitted online at the following link:

Applicants should have the following information available to enter on the application form and to upload with the form:

Application for a project:

  • Description of the project, program or initiative
  • Anticipated start and completion dates
  • Purpose
  • Implementation plan
  • Target audience
  • Detailed project budget
  • Contingency in the event that funding is not granted

Evaluation Process

The Community Development Committee (CDC) or the National Executive Board will review all applications.

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

Program Participant Obligations

In general, successful applicants will receive two thirds of the approved grant award when the Community Development grant is approved. Upon completion of the program / initiative, the organization must submit a Summary Report and accompanying receipts to the NAJC, when the remaining amount will be paid.