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Asian Pacific Endowment Grant

Grants to Minnesota Nonprofits Serving the
Asian-Pacific Islander Community for Cultural Projects

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Minnesota Philanthropy Partners and Saint Paul Foundation - Asian Pacific Endowment

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Deadline Date:

08/14/18 11:59 PM Receipt


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Grants of up to $10,000 to Minnesota nonprofit organizations serving the Asian-Pacific Islander community for projects that use culture to address social issues. Consideration will be given to proposals addressing at least one of the following priority areas: education, identity, and economic prosperity.


A permanent community endowment built by and for Asian-Pacific Islanders, the Asian Pacific Endowment supports groups that use culture to encourage social change and capture the community’s historic experience. The endowment, which is a fund of The Saint Paul Foundation, funds small, grassroots groups for a variety of endeavors that enhance the local community.

2018 Grant Opportunity:

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.

Priority Funding Areas:

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.

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.

The applications will be reviewed and rated through a competitive selection process by volunteers from many different API ethnic backgrounds who serve on the Asian Pacific Endowment’s advisory committee. They will make grant recommendations to The Saint Paul Foundation.

The advisory committee volunteers will use the following criteria to guide their recommendations:
1) Alignment with the priorities of the committee, as stated in the Priority Funding Areas section.
2) The strength and feasibility of the proposed project/program work plan.
3) The impact the program will have on program participants and/or the community.

In addition, the committee will assure that the diversity of the API community is reflected in the portfolio of recommended grants.

The Asian Pacific Endowment receives far more applications than it is able to fund. Before you prepare an application, make sure to read through the eligibility requirements and grantmaking priorities carefully. Please do not hesitate to contact the endowment’s staff liaison Takara Henegar for guidance on submitting an application.

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, 2018. The proposed project or program must be completed by December 31, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

In order to be eligible to apply:

-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.
-For-profit organizations.
-Direct religious activities.

Pre-proposal Conference:

A webinar is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Tuesday, June 26.

This Webinar is intended to be an introduction for potential applicants looking to learn more about the Asian Pacific Endowment grant opportunity.

More information may be found here:

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for submission of your application is: August 14, 2018. Your application must be received by 11:59 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 Takara Henegar no later than August 7, 2018 to make alternative arrangements.

Notifications are expected to occur in November 2018.

Contact Information:

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:

Takara Henegar:

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Minnesota