Asian Giving Circle Grant

Chicago Community Trust

Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Anticipated deadline: Jun 15, 2019 3:00pm PDT

Applicant type: Nonprofit

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

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

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

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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.


The Asian Giving Circle (AGC) is pleased to announce the 14th 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.

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.

For the 2018 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.  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
  • Coalition-building
  • Digital organizing
  • Storytelling and narrative changing
  • Art for social justice

Organizations that have not typically engaged in community organizing, public policy advocacy, and/or civic engagement are encouraged to think creatively to consider how these strategies can further advance their missions. Additionally, AGC awards do not necessarily need to create immediate change; they can seed work for long-term change.

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


  • The Trust funds nonprofit agencies with evidence of tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code that are not classified as private foundations.
    • The Trust also accepts applications from agencies that have a nonprofit fiscal sponsor.
  • Metropolitan Chicago-area organizations that serve Asian Americans are eligible to apply. 


  • Priority will be given to programs/initiatives with budgets smaller than $150,000.

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