Asian Giving Circle

Using collective giving to build power and deepen impact in diverse Asian and Pacific Islander communities in the Chicago area since 2002.

  • $672,812

    Dollars Raised

  • $772,907

    Dollars Granted

  • 1,536

    Active Donors

  • 91

    Organizations Impacted

Guests applauding at the Asian Giving Circle reception|Guests in animated conversation|i2i’s Leakhena Yoeun talks with SAAPRI incoming executive director Reema Kapur.

2024 Request for Proposals

The Asian Giving Circle (AGC) is pleased to announce our 20th Annual Request for Proposals (RFP). In 2024, AGC will be making ten (10) 1-year general operating grants of $10,000 each and is requesting general operating proposals from API organizations in the Chicago metropolitan region (which includes the city of Chicago as well as Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, and Will Counties).

Deadline to apply is Tuesday, June 18, 2024 at 11:59 PM Central.

An informational session took place on Wednesday, May 29 via Zoom. Click here to view the recording.

While there are no specific funding areas for this RFP cycle, priority will be given to proposals that meet any to all of the following criteria:

  • Applicant has an operating budget of less than $500,000.
  • Applicant is meeting an identified community need that is not being addressed by other organizations, or is working in partnership with other organizations.
  • Applicant meaningfully centers the leadership and vision of the API community in their structure, operations, and programming.
  • Applicant is serving historically marginalized and underserved groups within the API community, which includes but is not limited to undocumented immigrants, low-income families and low-wage workers, refugees, LGBTQIA individuals, Muslims, those who lack healthcare access, people with disabilities, adoptees, youth, elders, and women/femmes.
  • Applicant provides a creative/innovative program or service, is piloting a new/experimental idea that requires an initial seed investment, or is new to AGC’s grant making portfolio.

2023 Grant Recipients

Grantmaking Committee

LeMinh Hoang, Co-ChairEric Wu, Co-Chair
Tina BhagaAudrey Peiper
Grace ChuXiang Siow
Ramona GuptaTrang Truong-Hill
Jodie LawtonPadma Venkatesan
Brandon Lee
The Grantmaking Committee (typically 8-15 AGC members) serves as the primary decision-making body that finalizes the Request for Proposals (RFP), reviews grant applications, and makes final recommendations for grantee organizations and funding levels.


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