Asian Giving Circle Grant

Chicago Community Trust

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Anticipated deadline: Apr 15, 2021 10:00pm PDT (Letter of inquiry)

Grant amount: US $2,000 - US $8,000

Fields of work: Asian/Pacific Island Culture

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: General Operating Expense, Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Location of project: Counties in Illinois: Cook County, DuPage County, Kane County, Lake County, McHenry County Show all

Location of residency: Counties in Illinois: Cook County, DuPage County, Kane County, Lake County, McHenry County Show all

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About this funder:



The Asian Giving Circle (AGC) was created in 2002 to build support for nonprofit organizations addressing the community’s challenges. That community is incredibly diverse, composed of more than 30 ethnic groups speaking hundreds of languages and dialects. AGC has contributed more than $200,000 to nonprofit organizations serving Asian American residents of metropolitan Chicago.

Request for Proposals

The Asian Giving Circle (AGC) is pleased to announce the 16th 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 and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities of metropolitan Chicago, and to increase the awareness of philanthropy in our communities.

In 2020, AGC will continue its commitment to support community-based efforts to protect oppressed and marginalized communities and advance justice for all. In particular, AGC will be funding projects dedicated to community organizing, civic engagement, and healing in AAPI communities. AGC grant awards typically range from $2,000 to $8,000.

AGC has selected these areas because they have been identified as underfunded and urgent by individuals that participated in our 2020 Community Survey and Listening Sessions (see our report here).

Projects seeking AGC funding do not need to be focused on all three areas. Rather, they can be focused on one or any combination of the areas, but must articulate how their work contributes to power-building, collective action, and/or community change.

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

  • Issue or value-based advocacy
  • 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

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Metropolitan Chicago-area organizations that serve Asian Americans are eligible to apply. 
  • 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, 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 2019 grantees applying for renewal, if the funds will support the continuation of last year’s project, please submit a progress report (written or video).


  • Priority will be given to programs/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.
  • 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. 


  • 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.