Asian Community Fund announces $275,000 in grants to nonprofits serving AAPI communities

July 17, 2023

Boston – The Asian Community Fund at the Boston Foundation today announced its largest to-date grants docket, awarding $275,000 in funds to 39 nonprofits led by and serving Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities across Massachusetts. The 2023 grants program sought out organizations that are working to advance AAPI community empowerment and belonging, particularly in response to rising anti-Asian racism and the systemic inequities magnified by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“On behalf of the Asian Community Fund and its advisory committee, we are honored to partner with this group of organizations that provide critical support to the full spectrum of AAPI people in Greater Boston and beyond,” said Danielle Kim, Executive Director of the Asian Community Fund. “While each of these nonprofits serves unique roles, communities and geographies, they provide a common thread of advancing AAPI visibility, empowerment, and collective power across our region.”

With its grantmaking, ACF strives to catalyze new partnerships, expand the capacity of the local AAPI nonprofit and business sectors, and respond to emerging community needs. ACF aims to ensure representation across AAPI ethnicities and geographies in Massachusetts, and uplift historically marginalized populations within the AAPI community. Toward those ends, the Fund is pleased to share that more than half (56%) of all grant partners are organizations with annual budgets under $100,000, and 38 percent have never received a grant from the Boston Foundation before.

“This process was a reminder of the grassroots vitality of AAPI community organizations in cities and towns across the state,” said Paul Lee, co-founder of the Asian Community Fund and chair of its Advisory Committee. “Where we as a society have fallen short has been not about the work, but rather our own outdated and misplaced assumptions about Asian communities and their needs. We are hopeful and proud to be at the forefront of changing perceptions, at a time when philanthropy is just beginning to recognize the chronic underinvestment in AAPI-led and -serving organizations and address it.”

All grants in this cycle are for general operating support, giving the organizations maximum flexibility.

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2023 Grantees

Arts & Culture
Asian American Ballet Project (fiscal sponsor: Boston Dance Alliance) - $5,000 
Cambodian American Literary Arts Association
- $5,000 
Chinatown Stories Project (fiscal sponsor: Chinese Economic Development Council) - $5,000 
Chinese Culture Connection, Inc. - $5,000 
Cultural Empowerment Organization - $5,000 
Korean Cultural Society of Boston - $5,000 
Kwong Kow Chinese School, Inc. - $5,000 

Civic Engagement
Coalition for Anti-Racism and Equity, Inc. - $5,000 
Commonwealth Seminar (fiscal sponsor: TSNE) - $5,000 
Iskwelahang Pilipino, Inc. - $5,000 
Nazda Alam Foundation for Muslim Women Civic Engagement & Leadership, Inc. - $5,000 
Potencia - $10,000 

Community Leadership
Chinese American Association of Lexington, Inc. - $10,000 
Chinese Association of Western Massachusetts - $15,000 
India Association of Greater Boston, Inc. - $10,000 
India Society of Worcester - $10,000 
Pakistan Association of Greater Boston, Inc. (PAGB) - $5,000 
Philippine American Mainstream Advocacy for Nonpartisan Associations (PAMANA) - $5,000 
Vietnamese American Community of Massachusetts, Inc. - $5,000 
Vietnamese American Volunteer Association of Boston, Inc. - $5,000 

Elder Care
Asian American Service Association Inc. - $5,000 
Friends of Indian Senior Citizens Organization - $5,000 
Volunteering for Seniors - $5,000 

Health Equity
Enhance Asian Community on Health, Inc. - $10,000 
Indian Circle for Caring USA, Inc. - $10,000 
JB Line, Inc. - $5,000 
Massachusetts Asians and Pacific Islanders (MAP) for Health - $5,000 

Entrepreneurship / Business Outreach
Asian American Resource Workshop, Inc. - $10,000 
Boston Okta Korean Business Association - $5,000 
Boston Little Saigon - $10,000 
Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association of Greater Lowell, Inc. - $10,000 
Fan Chinatown, Inc. - $5,000 
Greater Malden Asian American Community Coalition - $5,000 
Southeast Asian Coalition of Central Massachusetts - $10,000 
Vietnamese American Initiative for Development, Inc. - $10,000 
Women of Color Entrepreneurs (fiscal sponsor: Impact Hub) - $10,000