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Grants to Illinois Nonprofits in Eligible Regions for Projects
that Advance Social Justice for Marginalized Communities

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The Chicago Community Trust - Asian Giving Circle

Deadline Date:

05/15/21 Midnight


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Grants of up to $8,000 to Illinois nonprofit organizations in eligible regions for projects that advance social justice for marginalized communities. Funding priorities include healing, community organizing, and civic engagement in Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. Eligible projects are those that benefit residents in the Chicago metropolitan area.

The following are examples of projects that strongly fit this year’s giving focus:

  • Campaign/initiative aimed at addressing anti-Asian (and Pacific Islander) racism/violence
  • Collaborative racial justice project with a Black-led organization
  • Building political power in a community
  • Self-care or healing activities for frontline organizers and service staff
  • Leadership development
  • Community-led mental health initiatives, awareness-raising, and/or de-stigmatization campaigns
  • Storytelling and art toward healing and justice
  • Know Your Rights training
  • Digital organizing

Organizations that have not typically engaged in community organizing, civic engagement, and/or healing are encouraged to think creatively to consider how these strategies can further advance their missions.

AGC prioritizes initiatives that center the leadership and vision of impacted communities, including undocumented immigrants, people of color, low-income families, refugees, LGBTQ individuals, low-wage workers, Muslims, those who lack health care access, people with disabilities/disabled people, adoptees, youth, elders, women, and many more.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 166652

Estimated Size of Grant:

AGC grant awards range from $2,000 to $8,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The following are the required criteria for organizations applying for AGC funds:
- Nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) status. Fiscal sponsors are allowable with accompanying fiscal agent sponsor agreement.
- Organizations that serve and/or engage Asian American and Pacific Islander communities (including Filipino/a/x American, Southeast Asian American, South Asian American/Desi, Central Asian American, and East Asian American, West Asian, Native Hawaiians, Chamorro, Tongan, Samoan, etc.) in the Chicago Metropolitan Area (defined as Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, or Will Counties).
- All new and previously funded applicants are welcome to apply as long as they meet the above criteria. Groups that have not been funded more than once in the past three years are given preference. For 2020 grantee organizations applying for renewal, if the funds will support the continuation of last year’s project, please submit a progress report (see LOI template).

The Asian Giving Circle will not support: scholarships or fellowships; private or public educational institutions; religious organizations for religious purposes; political parties or political action committees; capital campaigns or endowments; hospitals; or government or municipal agencies.

Pre-Application Information:

To be considered for a grant, please send a Letter of Intent (LOI) before midnight by May 15, 2021.

The AGC Grantmaking Committee will review LOIs to determine eligibility and alignment with the 2021 funding priorities. In mid-June 2021, the Committee will invite a portion of the organizations that submitted an LOI to move forward in the application process, which may include a virtual site visit. Grants will be announced and awarded between August and September 2021.

Contact Information:

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

Please submit your LOI to

For other questions, please contact the Foundation at the e-mail address listed above.

The Chicago Community Trust
225 North Michigan Avenue
Suite 2200
Chicago, IL 60601

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