Spotlight on 2013 Grantee: The Dari Project!

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We caught up with one of our 2013 Grantees, the Dari Project, to learn a little bit more about the work they’ve been doing, and how the GAPA Foundation Community Grant has helped them with their mission thus far. If you like this post, please share it on social media (and please subscribe to our blog to get more updates about previous grantees, upcoming grant and scholarship deadlines, and more!).


What is the Dari Project?
Dari Project, is a volunteer-led, grassroots organization that develops resources to increase awareness and acceptance in Korean American communities of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people of Korean descent. By documenting and sharing the life stories of LGBTQ Koreans, the Dari Project seek to build bridges among Korean American families, social networks, institutions and faith communities.

What inspired the creation of the Dari Project?
Dari Project came together because a group of LGBTQ Korean American friends were frustrated by lack of stories available on LGBTQ Korean American experiences and the lack of resources available for our families

What’s the coolest thing the Dari Project has done to date?
Finally publishing the first bilingual anthology of LGBTQ Korean American personal essays and art–a project nearly a decade in the making!

What impact has the GAPA Foundation’s grant had on helping further the Dari Project’s growth?
GAPA provided financial support to the project at a key moment when we were in the final stages and needed additional funds to make the book a reality.  We see our book as real testament to community–virtually all of our funding came from individual donors from our communities our community-grounded entities like GAPA Foundation.

What’s next for the Dari project? Any big news or events the public should be aware of?
Like most LGBTQ Asian American organizations, Dari is volunteer-led and right now we’re figuring out what Dari 2.0 will look like now that we’ve finally published this long-awaited book.

To learn more about the Dari Project, please visit:


2014 Scholarship FAQs

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What is the GAPA Foundation Scholarship?
The goal of the GAPA Foundation Scholarship is provide financial assistance to Asian and Pacific Islander (API) and/or lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students who are interested in activism in the API and LGBT communities. We want to reward and award the students who are making a difference in our community!

Who can apply?
You must be a student who is in the process of applying to, or currently attending a post-secondary undergraduate institution (college, university, community college or vocational school). Students of life don’t count – sorry!
You must also:
- Have a grade point average (GPA) of 2.50 or better (on a scale of 4.0)
- Have a strong history of activism within either the API and/or LGBT communities

Do I need to identify as API and/or LGBT in order to apply?
Nope, applicants need not identify as either to apply. Preference, however, will be given to applicants who identify as both API and LGBT.

How much is the scholarship award?
The GAPA Foundation scholarship is a $1000 award. GAPA Foundation is looking to award up to three $1000 scholarship awards for the 2014 year.

When is the deadline?
July 15, 2014

What kind of application is it?
The application consists of a short questionnaire, two short answer questions and one essay question. In addition, as part of the application, we require a transcript (unofficial is fine) and one letter of recommendation from a teacher, employer, school administrator, counselor or community leader.

Sounds good to me! How do I apply?
Download a copy of the APPLICATION and email the application and required attachments to by the application deadline of July 15, 2014.

Any other questions?


2013 Community Connections

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CC2013PhotoCollageThank you for coming out and making GAPA Foundation’s annual Community Connections event at the Chinese Historical Society a huge success!!!  GAPA Royalty, Khmera Rouge and Sir Whitney Queers were our fabulous emcees. They kept the energy flowing throughout the afternoon and into the early evening.  Daniel Sudar, a rising Asian voice in American Apparel, added some sizzle with hunky models featuring his sensual underwear collection.  Lastly, the Foundation was able to showcase this year’s talented scholarship and deserving community grant winners. Past grantees, Trikone and the Dari Project, also shared their stories about the impact of being able to receive a GAPA Foundation Grant.  Special thanks to our Community Partners, Google and Max Muscle on Polk, who helped underwrite the event, allowing the Foundation to maximize dollars raised from individual donors to directly fund more scholarships and grants.

It was extremely exhilarating to see the outpour of community support and engagement.  A huge THANK YOU to everyone who made a donation. Your funds will allow GAPA Foundation to continue our mission to provide funds and leverage resources to empower the API LGBTQ community. Thank you! Thank you!! Thank you!!!

Looking forward to connecting in 2014!


Mission Statement

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GAPA Foundation is a philanthropic organization that provides funds and leverages resources to empower the Asian/Pacific Islander LGBTQ community.

  • Is dedicated to exploring critical issues that affect the API LGBTQ community and supporting innovative programs and individuals seeking solutions to those issues.
  • Provides academic scholarships to non-traditional API LGBTQ students and core funding to under-resourced and/or underrepresented local community organizations and projects.
  • Seeks to nurture and support organizations for future growth and independence through infrastructural support such as mentorship and leadership development.