Applications Open for Aratani CARE Grant


UCLA’s Asian American Studies Center has announced that the 2015 Aratani CARE grant applications are now being accepted for review until Dec. 18 at 5 p.m.

Awards will be announced during the winter quarter of 2015. All 2015 CARE grants should be completed within a year or less. Information about the grant and how to apply is available online at

Sakaye and George Aratani

Sakaye and George Aratani

The George and Sakaye Aratani Community Advancement Research Endowment or Aratani CARE grants are designed to promote projects that will benefit and advance the Japanese American community, as well as strengthen ties between the Japanese American community and UCLA students, staff, and faculty.

Applications that include a campus partner (faculty, staff, students. or alumni) will be prioritized, as will events or programs where the grantee agrees to make The Aratani CARE Grant, UCLA’s Asian American Studies Center, as a co-sponsor on PR and programs.

Nonprofit organizations and qualified individuals are invited to apply for grants that generally range from, but are not limited to, $1,000 to $5,000. Past awardees include UCLA’s Nikkei Student Union, the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Southern California, Little Tokyo Historical Society, Kizuna, and JARP (Japanese American Research Project) Oral History Restoration Project.

Specific questions about the Aratani CARE grant that are not covered on the website may be sent to the Aratani CARE team’s email address, [email protected]

George Aratani (1918-2013), a successful businessman and philanthropist who was interned during World War II, provided significant funding for Japanese studies and Japanese American studies at UCLA. He and his wife Sakaye donated $1 million to the Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies to establish the George and Sakaye Aratani Field Experience Scholarship Endowment Fund. The UCLA Asian American Studies Center also established the George and Sakaye Aratani Chair in Japanese American Incarceration, Redress and Community. In 2004, Aratani was awarded with the UCLA medal, the highest honor for extraordinary accomplishment that may be bestowed upon an individual by UCLA.


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