The San Francisco Japantown Foundation announced that applications for its first round of grants will be available starting at Noon on Friday, August 10, 2007.

This will be the foundation’s initial disbursement of awards since being founded in December 2006. Grants will be up to $5,000 and provided to nonprofit groups with cultural, community and educational activities that the Foundation determines best promotes and supports San Francisco’s Japantown.

Starting August 10, applications may be submitted online at A printable form may also be downloaded from the site and mailed or faxed per instructions on the application.

Applications must be received by 5 p.m. on October 12, 2007. A subcommittee of the foundation’s board will review requests in late October and the board will approve grants in November. The foundation will announce the awardees in early December 2007.

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