Foundation / Corporation
Ms. Foundation for Women - Asian Women Giving Circle (AWGC)
03/16/18 5:00 PM EST
Grants of up to $15,000 to New York City Asian-American female artists and nonprofit organizations that use arts and culture to address social issues. Funding is intended for projects that promote women's leadership and address critical issues that affect Asian American women, girls, and families.
Founded in 2005, the AWGC is a collaboration of Asian American women in New York City who are passionate about amplifying the transformative power of arts and culture to bring about progressive change. The Foundation promotes grassroots philanthropy and pools their resources to fund projects led by Asian American women who use their creativity to move hearts, minds, and communities to be free of fear, bias, and injustice.
Asian Women Giving Circle (AWGC) believes culture is an essential part of any strategy for social change. The Foundation supports Asian American women-led organizations and individual artists in NYC who are using arts and culture to:
- Bring about progressive social transformation,
- Raise awareness and catalyze action around critical issues that affect Asian American women, girls, and families, and
- Highlight and promote women’s central role as leaders, creators, developers, and managers of these projects.
AWGC is the first and largest giving circle in the nation led by Asian American women. Asian Americans are the fastest growing racial and ethnic group in New York City (comprising 14% of the population) yet the communities receive less than 1% of philanthropic dollars. The Foundation's goals are to:
- Channel more resources into the local communities
- Engage more people to invest in creative projects by and for the communities
- Shine an authentic spotlight on the experiences and stories
- Promote progressive social change
- Raise the visibility of Asian American women doing philanthropic work
Project criteria include:
- All artistic disciplines will be considered, including cross-disciplinary work
- Projects must incorporate the arts in an integral way
- Projects must highlight women’s leadership and/or central role
- Projects must demonstrate a deep commitment to a specific community in NYC
- Proposals must make a clear case for the theory of change envisioned by the project, based on the applicants’ own criteria for defining and measuring impact
Applications will be reviewed by the AWGC Steering Committee on the basis of:
- The quality of the project concept in relation to social change
- The potential impact of the project to change hearts, minds, and communities towards progressive social change
- The artist’s or organization’s strong commitment to a particular community in NYC
- The central role of Asian American women and girls in the project’s conceptual framework, design and implementation
- The artist’s or organization’s ability to complete the project and use the grant funds effectively
GrantWatch ID#: 180174
In this grants cycle, the Foundation anticipates that 5-8 project grants will be awarded, contingent on available funding.
The maximum grant amount is $15,000.
This RFP is open to both 501(c)(3) organizations and individual artists.
Artists and collectives that are not 501(c)(3)s must apply under a fiscal sponsor that is a 501(c)(3) organization, which they must list on their application as the applying organization.
NOTE: Failure to provide 501(c)(3) documentation or to provide a fiscal sponsor with the same will automatically disqualify the application.
Applicants can be at any stage in their careers but must have a track record of developed work that demonstrates their capacity to complete the proposed project and manage the funds requested.
Grants must be applied to specific projects and cannot support the organization’s ongoing programs, operations, capital or endowments.
- Capital or endowment campaigns
- Equipment purchases
- Support to address financial crises or shortfalls
- Purely personal works of artistic expression with little or no social justice impact
- Documentation that is primarily of cultural events
- Performances or personalities that do not provide a social change analysis or social justice focus
- Student productions or projects associated with a degree program and academic credit
- Grant application deadline is 5 pm EST, Friday, March 16, 2018. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be accepted.
- Notification of Grant Awards will be made by mid-June 2018.
- All grantees will be required to submit a narrative and financial report at the end of the grant year (June 2019).
Applications will be accepted only via this online process.
Note: The system will shut down at 5 pm EST. After that time, applications can no longer be accepted. Please do not wait until the deadline to submit an application. The Foundation cannot make exceptions for late applications, even if the delay was due to computer problems or other unforeseen complications.
Please note that incomplete applications, applications sent via regular mail, or applications that do not adhere to the specified requirements will not be accepted.
501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4): Please provide a copy of the organization’s IRS tax-exempt determination letter. If the tax-exempt status is pending or if the applicant is applying under a fiscal sponsor, attach a copy of the fiscal sponsor’s most recent IRS determination letter along with a signed Memorandum of Understanding that establishes fiscal sponsorship.
Work samples are optional but encouraged. The applicant's work sample should be a current representation of the project’s proposed activities. Online samples are preferred. Mailed samples will not be returned. Be sure to mark the sample with the name of the organization and project.
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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Work samples may be mailed to the following address and must be received by 5 pm EST, Friday, March 16, 2018:
Asian Women Giving Circle
c/o Ms. Foundation for Women
12 MetroTech Center, 26th floor
Brooklyn, NY 11201
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