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Asian Giving Circle Grants

Grants to Chicago Area, Illinois Nonprofit Organizations
to Improve Services for Asian-American Communities

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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The Chicago Community Trust - Asian Giving Circle

Deadline Date:

06/03/19 5:00 PM


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Grants ranging from $2,000 to $8,000 to Metropolitan Chicago area, Illinois nonprofit organizations for programs that benefit Asian-American communities. Funding is intended to support projects that focus on public policy advocacy and community organizing among Asian-Americans. Funding is also intended for projects that encourage civic engagement.

AGC recognizes that historically oppressed communities need to engage in healing in order to effectively mobilize for change. As such, AGC 2019 grants are also prioritizing projects that facilitate and advance healing toward community action, with an emphasis on mental health in Asian American communities.

Priority will be given to programs or initiatives with budgets smaller than $150,000. A program or initiative may be part of a larger organization that has a budget over $150,000, but the budget for the program or initiative in consideration should be less than $150,000.

The following are examples of projects that strongly fit this year’s giving focus:
- Building political power in a community
- Community-led mental health initiatives
- Self-care or healing activities for frontline organizers and service staff
- Leadership development
- Voter registration, education, and mobilization
- Community-led mental health initiatives, awareness-raising, and/or destigmatization campaigns
- Storytelling - and art toward healing and justice
- Issue or value-based advocacy
- 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.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 166652

Estimated Size of Grant:

AGC grant awards range from $2,000 to $8,000. That said, for proposals that show strong potential impact and/or engage strategic community partnerships to address this issue, AGC may be open to a larger grant amount.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Metropolitan Chicago-area organizations that serve Asian Americans are eligible to apply.

Organizations that serve and/or engage Asian American populations (including Filipinx American, Southeast Asian American, South Asian American/Desi, Central Asian American, and East Asian American) and/or Pacific Islander populations (including Native Hawaiians, Chamorro, Tongan, Samoan, etc.) in the Chicago Metropolitan Area (defined as Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, or Will Counties).

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:

All applications must be submitted by 5 PM on Monday, June 3, 2019 through Grant Central, the Chicago Community Trust’s grants management system.

Site visits will be conducted with finalists during June and July, and grants will be announced and awarded between August and September.

Contact Information:

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

Online application:

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

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Illinois: Metropolitan Chicago-area

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