JCIE/USA has partnered with the Japanese Women’s Leadership Initiative and the Fish Family Foundation to facilitate small grants to nonprofit organizations in Japan to help them respond to the needs arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. These organizations work with vulnerable groups such as refugees, single mothers, and at-risk youth, who have all been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds will allow them to carry out their activities to support these populations.


BOND Project $1,250
Bond Project works with at-risk girls, who are homeless or facing other difficulties, including poverty, addiction, abuse, or challenges at school and in the family. This grant is for a program to provide essential items (food, rice, toiletries, masks, disinfecting products, etc.) and masks to girls and women, who are currently unable to shift to remote work.

Japan Association for Refugees (JAR) – $1,250
JAR assists refugees in Japan, from helping them through the legal process of applying for refugee status to supporting them in the pursuit of economic independence. The program will allow them to meet the increased demand for their service providing essential items to refugees in Japan (food, rice, toiletries, masks, disinfectants, etc.).

Outreach Nagoya – $1,250
Outreach Nagoya connects hikikomori, recluses who confine themselves home for years unemployed, with remote work opportunities. The grant will cover material costs for Outreach Nagoya’s program participants to make masks to donate to shelters.

RERA – $1,250
Since the aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake, RERA has been supporting elderly people and people with disabilities in the Ishinomaki Area by providing transportation to lifeline locations, such as grocery stores and hospitals. The grant will allow them to meet the increased demand for transportation.

Sendai Kodomo Shokudo – $2,500
Kodomo Shokudo runs eateries that provide meals to children and their families in need, as a way to tackle issues of poverty and other social challenges in the Sendai area. This grant will allow them to provide meals to single-parent families and their children in the region.

Viva! Okazaki $2,500
Viva Okazaki!! assists immigrant residents in the Nagoya area (mostly employees of Toyota car factories) by providing information essential for living in Japan, organizing cultural exchange events in local communities, and running Japanese language classes for both immigrants and their children. With an increased demand for multilingual information on COVID19, the grant will fund interpreters (Portuguese, Chinese, English, Tagalog, Vietnamese) and cover the costs of hosting a legal consultation day.

Yuzuriha $2,500
Yuzuriha supports young adults (aged 18–26) who have aged out of foster care or group homes. Although they are out of the protective system for children, it is difficult for them to live independently as they often face a disproportionately high number of obstacles as a result of their upbringing. The grant will allow them to provide essential items (food, rice, toiletries, masks, disinfecting products, etc.), to their target population.