Asian Giving Circle Grant

Chicago Community Trust

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

Anticipated deadline: Jun 3, 2020 3:00pm PDT

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 15th 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.

For our 2019 grants, we are continuing our commitment to support community-based efforts to protect oppressed and marginalized communities and advance justice for all, which includes efforts focused on community organizing and 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.

AGC has selected these areas because they have been identified as underfunded and urgent. This being said, 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, within a framework of collective action and community change.

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.

AGC recognizes that changing systems and structures requires time and persistence. As such, AGC awards do not necessarily need to result in immediate change; they can seed work for long-term change. Thus, organizations are encouraged to re-apply for AGC-funded projects from 2017 and 2018.

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.

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.
    • 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.