The Community Fund honours the legacies of Japanese Canadians in BC by providing grants in six project streams: community projects, arts, sports, scholarships, infrastructure, and intergenerational wellness.

Available Grants

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Grant Schedule

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Japanese Canadian Legacies

British Columbia Government policies prior to, during, and after World War II resulted in the forced removal of nearly 22,000 Japanese Canadians from their homes on the West Coast, and their displacement, confinement, and permanent dispossession. The majority were born in Canada.

Overnight, lives were shattered and entire communities eradicated. Japanese Canadians trusted they would one day return to their homes. Instead, their properties and possessions were sold without their consent.

Following the end of the war in 1945, restrictions prevented Japanese Canadians from returning to the coast. The government offered Japanese Canadians two choices: relocate east of the Rockies or face deportation to Japan. The restrictions were lifted in 1949, but many never returned. Those that did had nothing to return to.

On May 21, 2022, the BC Government acknowledged the historical wrongs perpetuated against Japanese Canadians in BC during the 1940s and made a pledge to support a 2019-2022 community-built $100 million legacy initiatives package recommended by the National Association of Japanese Canadians BC Redress Project and administered by the Japanese Canadian Legacies Society.

Community Fund

The $14 million Community Fund addresses the enduring intergenerational impact that government actions had on the community. The program invests in the future of the Japanese Canadian community by allocating funds to six project streams: community projects, arts, sports, scholarships, infrastructure, and intergenerational wellness.

Japanese Canadian Legacies Society Website

Grant Schedule

Funding Stream
Grant
Opens
Closes
Undergrad or Vocational and Career (First Intake)
Opens May 1, 2023
Closes July 14, 2023
Undergrad or Vocational and Career (Second Intake)
Opens September 1, 2023
Closes November 1, 2023
Graduate (First Intake)
Opens May 1, 2023
Closes July 14, 2023
Graduate (Second Intake)
Opens September 1, 2023
Closes November 1, 2023
JC Legacy Scholarship (First Intake)
Opens May 1, 2023
Closes July 14, 2023
JC Legacy Scholarship (Second Intake)
Opens September 1, 2023
Closes November 1, 2023
Japanese Canadian Organizations
Opens July 1, 2023
Closes October 31, 2023
Non-Japanese Canadian Organizations
Opens July 1, 2023
Closes October 31, 2023
Unincorporated Japanese Canadian Groups
Opens July 1, 2023
Closes October 31, 2023
Building Improvements
Opens June 1, 2023
Closes November 1, 2023
Capital Purchases
Opens June 1, 2023
Closes November 1, 2023
Arts
Opens November 1, 2023
Closes January 31, 2024
High Performance Athletes | Apply Now
Open
Closes July 15, 2024
High Performance Coaches | Apply Now
Open
Closes July 15, 2024
Family Sharing & Healing
Opens April 15, 2024
Closes May 24, 2024
Seniors Intergenerational Group Wellness
Opens April 15, 2024
Closes May 24, 2024
Intergenerational Group Gatherings
Opens April 15, 2024
Closes May 24, 2024