Mizuho USA Foundation

Since 2003, the Mizuho USA Foundation’s mission has been to strengthen and sustain our surrounding communities.

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, the Foundation has focused on supporting the economic recovery of New York City, funding innovative programs by nonprofits that work with small businesses, entrepreneurs, and unemployed and underemployed New Yorkers in low-income neighborhoods. We also award grants in support of our employee involvement in local communities.


Program Grants and Guidelines

We support programs in New York City focused on:

  • Small Business Creation and Recovery, including programs that provide technical and financial assistance to diverse entrepreneurs and small businesses in New York City, supporting their recovery, stability, and growth in response to the pandemic. The Foundation has a preference for programs that:

–  Serve minority and women-owned small businesses of 20 or fewer employees.
–  Support the recovery of existing small businesses and new small business starts through direct technical assistance services such as business and financial planning, technology, legal, real estate, marketing, purchasing, and other support. 
–  Pair technical assistance and access to capital (e.g., grants and/or financing) in providing direct services to their clients.
–  Can deliver assistance in multiple languages.
–  Can demonstrate outcomes in services provided, job creation and retention and other goals.

  • Employment and Workforce Development, including work readiness and occupational training programs that help low- and moderate-income young adults (16-24 years) and adults develop skills essential to obtaining employment, with an emphasis on job preparedness and entry programs, employment retention, and career advancement. The Foundation has a preference for programs that:

–  Serve underemployed and unemployed individuals who have lost jobs due to COVID-19.
–  Serve in-school or out-of-school and out-of-work young adults (16-24) seeking internships and first time jobs. 
–  Support basic digital literacy, technical skills, and other IT skills training for employment. 
–  Are engaged with employers and offer a greater chance of placement.
–  Can demonstrate outcomes in services provided, and employment obtained and retained.

See 2021 Grant List.

How to apply

To apply for a grant, your organization must:

  • Be recognized as tax-exempt under IRC Section 501 (c)(3) and classified as a public charity under Section 509(a)(1) or Section 509(a)(2) and NOT a supporting organization under Section 509(a)(3).
  • Present a proposal that satisfies the Mizuho USA Foundation guidelines.
  • Not discriminate based on age, race, nationality, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation or religious belief.
  • Comply with US anti-terrorism laws and regulations, including the USA PATRIOT Act and Executive Order 13224, pertaining to US-based nonprofits acting outside the US.


We look for:

  • New, innovative program initiatives with broad impact
  • Efficacy, distinctiveness, and the potential to be replicated
  • Potential for self-sufficiency or support from other sources in the future
  • Efficient and effective use of funds and resources
  • Opportunities for Mizuho Americas employees to get involved

We don’t fund:

  • General operating support
  • Individuals
  • Religious, sectarian, fraternal, veteran, athletic or labor groups
  • Organizations or programs outside the US
  • Political causes, candidates, campaigns or lobbying programs
  • Fundraising events (e.g., charitable dinners, sporting events)
  • Advertising
  • Endowment or capital campaigns

Information about applying for 2022 grants will be posted on this site in May 2022.

Contact information:
Mizuho USA Foundation, Inc.
1271 Avenue of the Americas
New York, New York 10020-1104
+1 212 282 4192

Employee-Engagement Grants

Our employees in the US can decide where they want to make an impact and request grants for nonprofits in education, arts and culture, health, environment and community development through our:

  • Community Involvement Grants Program: small grants to nonprofits with which Mizuho offices volunteer
  • Matching Gifts Program: a 1-to-1 match for qualifying contributions made by eligible employees to qualifying nonprofits

Foundation Leadership

Mizuho USA Foundation Board of Directors

Martin G. Mand
Jill M. Considine
Shuji Matsuura, Chairman and CEO, Mizuho Americas; Chairman, Mizuho Bank (USA)
Hiroyuki Kasama, President and CEO, Mizuho Bank (USA)
Atsushi Shibukawa, Managing Director, Americas Department, Mizuho Bank, Ltd.

Mizuho USA Foundation Officers

Martin G. Mand, Chairman
Hiroyuki Kasama, President
Atsushi Shibukawa, Secretary
Paul Dankers, Treasurer
Lesley H. Palmer, Executive Director
Leah Markham, Program Officer
Albert Scarola, Assistant Treasurer


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