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Projects Benefiting the Asian-Pacific Islander Community

Asian Pacific Endowment Grant

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Saint Paul and Minnesota Foundations - Asian Pacific Endowment

Deadline Date:

08/14/19 3:00 PM Receipt


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Grants of up to $10,000 to Minnesota nonprofit organizations serving the Asian-Pacific Islander community for projects and programs using culture to address social issues. Funding is intended for a variety of activities, including theater and dance performances, social programs, and cultural awareness. A high priority is given to projects that promote leadership, creativity, and the inclusion of multiple Asian cultures.

The Asian Pacific Endowment is currently seeking proposals for projects and/or programs that use culture—broadly defined to include values, language, traditions, customs, and other unique aspects of a community—to address social issues and give voice to the experiences of the diverse Asian and Pacific Islander (API) community within the state of Minnesota.

The Asian Pacific Endowment is interested in funding projects that address one or more of the priority funding areas below.

1. Celebrating Identity
The Asian Pacific Endowment is interested in projects that work with the Asian Pacific Islander community on bridging cultural identity. This is broadly defined to include topics such as arts, music, dance, religion, language, traditions, and cultural preservation.

2. Education
The Asian Pacific Endowment seeks to fund projects that connect education to culture. Projects that focus on youth center programming, language barriers, health and mental illness, and getting cultural programs accredited will have preference.

3. Economic Prosperity
The Asian Pacific Endowment seeks proposals that focuses on systems change and access, specifically how it relates to elders, youth, women, limited English speakers, and the LGBTQ communities.

4. Building Capacity
The Asian Pacific Endowment seeks proposals that enhances the capabilities of people and/or organizations to better serve their community, such as professional development, organization-wide training, purchasing of supplies/equipment, etc.

Applicants must fulfill all eligibility requirements. In addition, the Endowment will give priority to the following:
- Programs/projects which serve API communities for which there are few culturally-specific nonprofit services available.
- Organizations which are led by members of the API community. For example, the majority of the board of directors is of API descent or an API staff person or persons direct(s) the program or project.
- New organizations and organizations who have received Endowment funding fewer than two times in the past five years will receive priority.
- Impact of this grant is critical to the programs/project’s success.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 145491

Estimated Size of Grant:

Maximum Grant Size: $10,000

Term of Contract:

Requested grant terms should start no earlier than November 1, 2019. The proposed project or program must be completed by December 31, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- The organization must serve an API community in Minnesota. According to the United States Census Bureau, API is defined as a person having origins in any of the original peoples of Southeast Asia or the Indian subcontinent including, for example, Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippine Islands, Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam or a person having origins in any of the original peoples of Hawaii, Guam, Samoa, or other Pacific Islands.

- The program must recognize the importance of an API community or communities in the way it provides services, implements activities/programs, and engages community for positive change and impact.

- This applicant organization must have annual operating expenses of $500,000 or less.

- Applicant must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit in good standing with the Internal Revenue Service or must use a fiscal agent with 501(c)(3) nonprofit status which is in good standing with the IRS. See the Fiscal Agent Form for more information on fiscal agent requirements.

The Asian Pacific Endowment will not fund:
- Expenses that have already occurred
- Organizations with annual operating expenses above $500,000.
- Ongoing annual operating expenses.
- Political organizations or candidates.
- Individuals.
- For-profit organizations.
- Direct religious activities.

Pre-Application Information:

- Grant applications open: June 3, 2019.
- The deadline for submission of your application is August 14, 2019. Your application must be received by 3:00 p.m. on the deadline date.
- The Asian Pacific Endowment prefers that applications be submitted using the Submittable Online Portal
- If you are unable to submit your grant online, please contact Stephanie Battle no later than August 7, 2019 to make alternative arrangements.
- Notifications are expected to occur in November 2019.

Please do not hesitate to contact the endowment’s staff liaison Stephanie Battle for guidance on submitting an application.

The Asian Pacific Endowment encourages potential applicants to call before submitting an application.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Staff Liaison:
Stephanie Battle
Director of Community Impact

101 Fifth Street East
Suite 2400
Saint Paul, MN 55101-1800
651.224.5463 or 800.875.6167

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