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Asian Pacific Endowment 2017 Grant

Grants to Minnesota Nonprofits to Address Social Issues of Asian
and Pacific Islander Communities through Cultural Projects

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Foundation / Corporation

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Minnesota Philanthropy Partners and Saint Paul Foundation - Asian Pacific Endowment

Conf. Date:


Deadline Date:

08/16/17 11:59 PM Receipt


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Grants of up to $10,000 to Minnesota nonprofit organizations for projects and programs that use culture to address social issues and give voice to the experiences of the diverse Asian and Pacific Islander community within the State. For the purposes of this grant, culture is broadly defined to include values, language, traditions, customs and other unique aspects of a community.

In 2017, the Asian Pacific Endowment has up to $56,000 available to grant, of which at least $18,000 must directly impact the East Metro area (Ramsey, Dakota and/or Washington Counties).

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.

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 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.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 145491

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Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum grant amount is $10,000.

Term of Contract:

Requested grant terms should start no earlier than November 1, 2017. The proposed project or program must be completed by December 31, 2018.

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-proposal Conference:

An informational webinar will be held on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 from 3:00 - 4:00 PM.

Register by clicking the link in Contact Information below.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for submission of your application is August 16, 2017. Your application must be received by 11:59 PM on the deadline date. Applicants are encouraged to contact Foundation staff before submitting an application.

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 9, 2017 to make alternative arrangements.

Notification is expected to occur in November 2017.

Contact Information:

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

Register for the informational webinar here:

Call 866-740-1260 and use access code: 5247768 to dial in.

Register and apply for a grant online:

For more information, contact staff liaison Takara Henegar at 651.325.4211 or via email at

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Minnesota