The Asian Giving Circle (AGC) is pleased to announce the 13th Annual Request for Proposals (RFP).
AGC is a donor advised fund comprised of contributions from individual donors who support the goals of AGC. These goals are to bring a new source of funding to nonprofit organizations serving the Asian American communities of metropolitan Chicago, and to increase the awareness of philanthropy in our communities.
Launched in December 2002 in Chicago, AGC was the first volunteer-run giving circle comprised primarily of individual Asian American donors in the U.S. Affiliated with The Chicago Community Trust, its membership consists of a diverse group of Asian Americans who pool their financial resources and expertise to support Asian American nonprofit organizations in the Chicago area. The Asian Giving Circle is also a member of the Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy’s (AAPIP) National Giving Circle Network.
In this current political climate we are increasingly concerned for historically vulnerable communities, particularly undocumented immigrants, low-income families, refugees, LGBTQ individuals, low-wage workers, Muslims, those who lack healthcare access, people with disabilities, and many more. We are unsettled about the policies and tactics that attempt to divide and criminalize our communities. More than ever, AGC is committed to supporting community led social change. We believe that lasting change is achieved by strengthening and empowering those who are most impacted. Therefore, the 2017 grant year, AGC seeks to support efforts focused on community organizing and public policy advocacy, with a preference for projects that encourage civic engagement among Asian Americans. Metropolitan Chicago area organizations that serve Asian Americans are eligible to apply, but priority will be given to projects 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:
● voter registration, education, mobilization
● leadership development
● building political power in a community
● issue or value-based advocacy
● “Know Your Rights” trainings
● direct action organizing
● digital organizing
● storytelling and narrative changing
● art for social justice
Organizations that have not typically engaged in community organizing, public policy advocacy, or civic engagement are encouraged to think creatively to consider how these activities can further advance their missions. Additionally, AGC awards do not necessarily need to create immediate change; they can seed work for long-term change.
In the past, the AGC accepted proposals and materials through email, but this year all applications will be managed through an online grant portal called, “Grant Central” through the Chicago Community Trust (CCT). If your organization has applied for any Chicago Community Trust grants in recent years, your organizational profile should already be in the Grant Central system. Please log in and confirm your profile information is up to date. If your organization has never applied to the Chicago Community Trust, please set up your new organizational profile as soon as possible.
If you are interested in applying but do not have online profile set up on CCT yet, you can create one by going to https://cct.smartsimple.com/s_Login.jsp and clicking "Register Here."
PLEASE NOTE: Past AGC Grant Recipients (who have not received previous grants from CCT) have been added to Grant Central, but you will still need to update/add your contact and profile information when applying.
All applications must be submitted by 5 PM on Monday, July 10, 2017. Site visits will be conducted with finalists during August, and grants will be announced and awarded between September and October.
For other questions, please contact us at asiangivingcircle [at] gmail.com. If you’d like to be included in an e-mail listserv for updates and FAQ’s for this opportunity, please e-mail asiangivingcircle [at] gmail.com.
Misuzu Miyashita Schexnider, Grantmaking Co-Chair
Serena Moy, Grantmaking Co-Chair
Asian Giving Circle 2017 Funding Guidelines
The Asian Giving Circle seeks to support projects focused on community organizing and public policy advocacy, with a preference for projects that encourage civic engagement among Asian Americans. Metropolitan Chicago area organizations that serve Asian Americans are eligible to apply, but priority will be given to projects 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.
● Types of organizing and advocacy projects that will be considered include, but are not limited to:
o voter registration, education, mobilization
o leadership development
o building political power in a community
o issue or value-based advocacy
o Know Your Rights trainings
o direct action organizing
o digital organizing
o storytelling and narrative changing
o art for social justice
If you are unsure if your proposed project fits within the scope, or have any questions, please contact asiangivingcircle [at] gmail.com.
● We will consider proposals that meet the following criteria:
o Nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) status. Fiscal sponsors are allowable with accompanying fiscal agent sponsor agreement.
o 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).
● Previous AGC grant awards have ranged from $2,000 to $8,000. However, if the proposal shows strong impact potential and/or engages strategic community partnerships to address this issue, the AGC may be open to a larger grant amount.
● 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.
● All new and previously funded applicants are welcome to apply as long as they meet the above criteria.