The J.C.C. Fund

About the Fund

The Chamber established the J.C.C. Fund in 1985 in order to create a unified philanthropic vehicle for the Japanese business community to contribute to and strengthen ties with the New York metropolitan area. A nonprofit 501(c)3 philanthropic organization, the J.C.C. Fund serves as the philanthropic arm of the Chamber. Proceeds from JCCI's Annual Dinner Gala generate funding for the J.C.C. Fund. 

The J.C.C. Fund is committed to providing grants to support organizations with creative and effective solutions to contemporary issues in the areas of Community Enhancement, Education and Research, and U.S.-Japan Relations. Grant proposals are evaluated on a quarterly basis by the J.C.C. Fund Board of Trustees. Since its inception in 1985, the Fund has made contributions of over $16 Million. 

In accordance with its goal of improving education, the Fund has supported such organizations as The International Center in New York, Columbia University's C.V. Starr East Asian Library and The Juilliard School. The Fund also serves as an underwriter of the Chamber's U.S. Educators Program. The J.C.C. Fund supports organizations that strengthen their surrounding communities such as JASSI, as well as organizations expanding cultural horizons such as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. The Fund also puts forth efforts to further develop U.S.-Japan relations through cultural endeavors including "Japan Day @ Central Park", Brooklyn Botanic Garden's Sakura Matsuri (Cherry Blossom Festival) and New York Botanical Garden's "Fall Flowers of Japan" exhibit.

When an unfortunate disaster strikes the U.S. or Japan, the J.C.C. Fund has created a special fund. This funding has gone to help victims and survivors of both natural and unnatural disasters, such as the 1995 earthquake in Kobe, Japan, September 11th, Hurricane Katrina, the 2007 California wildfires, the earthquake in Haiti, the 2011 Southeastern U.S. tornado outbreak, the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in the Tohoku region of Japan, Hurricane Sandy relief, and most recently, 2017 Hurricane Relief.

With its continuous commitment to giving back to the New York metropolitan area, the J.C.C. Fund is a manifestation of how the Japanese community has embraced the unique spirit of American philanthropy, and is a representation of their appreciation of U.S. culture and society.

JCC Fund President Yasushi Takahashi presents a donation check to Ambassador Reiichiro Takahashi in support of Kumamoto earthquake relief during the Annual Music & Dinner Charity Cruise.
Application Guidelines
The J.C.C. Fund will accept proposals from applicant organizations and programs that fall within one of the following three categories:

  • U.S.-Japan Relations

  • Education and Research

  • Community Enhancement

Applicants must submit a two-page proposal in English that includes the following:

  • Brief history of the applicant organization, its mission and activities
  • Statement of need for the project and a description of whom it will serve
  • Summary of the specific goals and outcome of the project
  • Amount of grant requested and an overall project budget
  • An annual report or brochure may also be attached
  • Nonprofit organizations must provide proof of tax exemption under Section 501(c)(3)

The Board of Trustees of the J.C.C. Fund meets quarterly to review funding decisions. Proposals may be submitted at any time. Those received after a deadline will be held for the following meeting. Applicants will be notified by mail within 3-4 months upon receipt of materials.

Funding priority will be given to nonprofit organizations based in the greater New York metropolitan area. Due to finite resources, the Fund is unable to meet the large number of funding requests that we receive. This is not a reflection on the worthiness of an organization or program involved.

We are unable to consider proposals related to:
  • Individual Scholarships
  • Activities which are involved in attempts to influence legislation and/or any political campaign
  • Routine institutional expenses, deficit reduction, endowment, campaigns, advertising, and challenge grants

Grant Requests should be mailed to:
J.C.C. Fund of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of New York, Inc.
145 West 57th Street
New York, NY 10019