Japan faces many social issues, and the CCCJ has historically been a leader in addressing these challenges.
Child poverty, in particular, has become an increasingly prevalent problem. The country’s relative poverty rate stood at 16.3 percent according to the government’s comprehensive survey of living conditions in 2012.
This issue has been one of the less-visible problems in Japanese society because many affected families find themselves cut off from the community at a time when they need help the most. This situation is aggravated by a feeling of shame among victims when they find themselves unable to sustain their families properly—whether that be in the form of perceived failure to provide basic needs or to be the rock that children cling to in times of trouble and chaos.
Many countries are experiencing the effects of an aging population. However, the extent of this demographic change in Japan is unprecedented and warrants real concern. A falling birthrate exacerbates the problem, and forecasts predict that in 50 years senior citizens will make up 40 percent of the population, compared with 25 percent at present. In local communities, social exclusion and isolation have worsened, and the government is increasingly incapable of supporting vulnerable people in both rural and urban locations.
To tackle and solve nationwide social issues, the CCCJ has established the Red Feather Community Impact Fund. Through this new fund, CCCJ is looking to expand its scope to help solve problems such as relative poverty—an issue that all local Community Chests are seeing in their districts. By taking a more holistic approach, the CCCJ can continue to confront this and other nationwide challenges, such as combatting social exclusion and isolation, helping the poor, assisting the disabled, and providing support to victims of abuse.
We are looking for grant applications from a variety of areas in need of support, such as single mothers, those with disabilities, and the elderly.
Examples of projects that receive funding include support for children who have graduated from orphanages, self-reliant elderly and disabled people, and the prevention of social exclusion. The contributor is also consulted in the planning of the grant program.
A selection committee organized by the CCCJ decides the allocation of grants.
Grants are given directly to each grantee by the CCCJ.
Administration costs for management of this fund shall not exceed 10 percent of collected donations.
The length of the grant should be from one to three years. (The first year of the program starts on October 1, 2016, and ends on March 31, 2017.)
A maximum of ¥10 million may be granted per year per project.
For FY2016, a public call for applications was made in August. A selection committee made up of outside experts acting on behalf of the Red Feather Social Impact Fund chose the successful grantees.
These were granted for projects that can be modeled by other NPOs, can build networks among organizations, or are expected to expand nationally.
|Creating infrastructure, Network building||12||63.2%|
|Support Children and Family||3||15.8%|