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Congress established the Japanese American Confinement Sites (JACS) grant program (Public Law 109-441, 16 USC 461) for the preservation and interpretation of U.S. confinement sites where Japanese Americans were detained during World War II.  The law authorized up to $38 million for the entire life of the grant program to identify, research, evaluate, interpret, protect, restore, repair, and acquire historic confinement sites in order that present and future generations may learn and gain inspiration from these sites and that these sites will demonstrate the nation’s commitment to equal justice under the law. 

Japanese American Confinement Sites grants are awarded to preserve and interpret U.S. Confinement Sites where Japanese Americans were detained during World War II. Grants are awarded to organizations and entities working to preserve historic Japanese American confinement sites and their history, including: private nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and state, local, and tribal governments, and other public entities. Grants will be awarded through a competitive process and require a 2:1 Federal to non-Federal match ($2 Federal to $1 non-Federal match).  The minimum grant request is $5,000.


The National Park Service has awarded 21 grants totaling $2.9 million to help preserve and interpret World War II Japanese American Confinement Sites.

Click here for the full press release and a list of projects awarded in FY 2014.


Did You Know?In 1942, the United States government ordered more than 110,000 men, women, and children to leave their homes.  These citizens were detained in remote military camps, like Manzanar, more...

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