Asian Community Fund announces $240,000 in grants to community organizations

July 19, 2022

Boston – The Asian Community Fund (ACF) at the Boston Foundation today announced $240,000 in grants to 35 nonprofits, in the first round of grants made through the new fund. The funding was made possible in part by an allocation from the Boston Foundation’s COVID-19 Response Fund targeting Asian-focused organizations.

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The ACF leveraged those funds to give out $100,000 in general operating support grants to 20 organizations serving AAPI communities under additional strain due to the pandemic and advancing a just, equitable recovery, plus $120,000 in general operating support to direct-service AAPI community organizations to participate in an emerging new initiative called the AAPI Mental Health Collaborative.

“Systemic barriers, including cultural stigma, racial trauma, dire workforce shortages, and inequitable access to culturally and linguistically competent care have made the COVID pandemic and its aftermath even more challenging for AAPI residents in Greater Boston,” said Danielle Kim, Director of the Asian Community Fund. “With the launch of this collaborative, we hope to unlock collaboration, pool ideas and resources across multiple community-based organizations, and incubate new strategies that can better serve local AAPI residents.”

A full list of the grantees is below:

AAPI Mental Health Collaborative

The following community organizations received $10,000 grants as part of the AAPI Mental Health Collaborative.

Asian American Resource Workshop (AARW)
Asian Community Development Corporation (ACDC)
Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence (ATASK)
Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC)
Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association (CMAA)
Greater Boston Chinese Golden Age Center (GBCGAC)
Greater Malden Asian American Community Coalition (GMAACC)
Massachusetts Asian + Pacific Islanders (MAP) for Health
Quincy Asian Resources, Inc. (QARI)
Southeast Asian Coalition of Central Massachusetts (SEACMA)
Vietnamese American Initiative for Development (VietAID), Inc.

Opportunity Grants

The following organizations received $5,000 grants from the Asian Community Fund to provide funding for efforts to support local Asian-owned businesses, promote AAPI culture and heritage, address the ongoing mental and physical health needs of residents including AAPI seniors and youth, and provide critical services to underrepresented AAPI communities.

Boston Little Saigon
CAIR Massachusetts
Chinatown Business Association
Chinatown Main Street
Community Protection Initiative (fiscal sponsor: Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association)
Educational Divide Reform, Inc
Enhance Asian Community on Health, Inc.
Friends of Indian Senior Citizen Organization (FISCO)
India Association of Greater Boston
Iskwelahang Pilipino
Japanese Bostonians Support Line (JB Line), Inc.
New England Bangladeshi American Foundation (NEBAF), Inc.
Pakistan Association of Greater Boston (PAGB)
Philippine-American Mainstream Advocacy for Nonpartisan Associations, Inc. (PAMANA)
Ricesticks and Tea (fiscal sponsor: Asian American Civic Association)
South Asian Workers’ Center
Vietnamese American Community of Massachusetts, Inc.
Volunteering for Seniors, Inc.
Women of Color Entrepreneurs, Inc. (fiscal sponsor: Impact Hub)
Women Who Win

Other project grants in the docket included:

Saffron Circle
$10,000 to provide match funding for 2022 grantees

Asian American Resource Workshop (AARW)
$5,000 grant to support the UndocuAsian Scholarship, for AAPI college students who are unable to receive financial aid due to their immigration status

Massachusetts Asian Restaurants Association
$5,000 sponsorship to support roundtable discussions with Asian restaurants owners across the Commonwealth