OLYMPIA – The Kip Tokuda Memorial Washington Civil Liberties Public Education Program (WACLPEP) has reopened for applications.
The Kip Tokuda Memorial program is created to do one or both of the following:

  1. Educate the public regarding the history and the lessons of the World War II exclusion, removal, and incarceration of persons of Japanese ancestry through the development, coordination, and distribution of new educational materials and the development of curriculum materials to complement and augment resources currently available on this subject matter; and
  2. Develop videos, plays, presentations, speaker bureaus, and exhibitions for presentation to elementary schools, secondary schools, community colleges, and other interested parties.

The resources and materials created through the grant are intended to ensure that the World War II exclusion, forced removal, and incarceration of individuals of Japanese ancestry will be remembered, and the causes and circumstances of this and similar events will be addressed and understood. It is an opportunity to instill critical thinking in students by taking the past to evaluate civil liberites today. Schools, school districts, community organizations, colleges, universities, and other institutions are eligible to apply to the WACLPEP. The RFA can be found via the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction at

Organizations may apply to complete one year projects, due to be completed and funded through June 30, 2020, but may also apply for a two-year project submitting a budget for part or all of the remaining $111,884 funding through the end of this fiscal year, June 30, 2020, and then apply for funding of their project the beginning of the next fiscal year, July 1, 2020. Applicants choosing a two-year project should be aware that less than $111,884 will be available in fiscal year 2020-21 due to current project budget allocations. To apply, email Jerry Price at or 360-725-6351 for a link to the application and for more information.

Kip Tokuda is a former Washington state representative. As the child of Japanese-Americans incarcerated at the Minidoka Relocation Center, he spent his life advocating for vulnerable people as a community activist, social worker, and then as a legislator. He founded the Japanese Community and Cultural Center, and co-founded the Asian Pacific Islander Community Leadership Foundation, building foundations for the AAPI community in Washington to grow and prosper. He passed away July 13th, 2013, at the age of 66.

The Washington State Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs (CAPAA) is a cabinet-level state agency whose mission is to improve the well-being of APA’s in Washington State by promoting equitable access to government services, resources, and policy makers. Its role is to identify and examine issues impacting APA’s and it advises the Governor, state legislature, and state agencies on issues relating to government services, programming, and changes to state law.


Contact: Kari Tally,, 360-725-6428