Executive Update

The Fight Continues!

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Dear Family,

I know that many of us are still reeling from the shock and events from last week and bracing ourselves for the continued assault on progress and humanity, but I want you to know that you’re not alone. In the face of all this fear and uncertainty, I know it can be easy for us to succumb to hopelessness and division, to give in and give up, but I urge you to rise above this and continue to focus on the critical work in our community that has gotten us to where we are today because, now, more than ever, our community needs us and GAPA Foundation is committed to answering that call.

All of us at GAPA Foundation are committed to continuing to support, enable, and empower our community. More than ever, it’s critical that as agents of change, we continue to move our community forward. We are a community rooted in a legacy of struggle, of sacrifice, and more importantly, of perseverance. No one has given us the freedom, equality, or liberties that we enjoy today. Those have all come through the sacrifice of bodies, blood, sweat, and tears of our parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles who were courageous enough to not just withstand the discrimination, vitriol, and hate, but to overcome it. This is our legacy, and it is our weapon. On the shoulders of these giants, and with the support of one another, we WILL press forward–with more conviction, with a greater sense of urgency, and we will do so together. What is at stake is greater than we can imagine and we will overcome so that our children, our future, can thrive. Onwards! Together!

In solidarity,

Ty Lim
President

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Tickets for the 28th Annual GAPA Runway are OUT NOW!

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GAPA Runway Poster

SAVE THE DATE: AUGUST 13, 2016 AT 7PM

AND RESERVE THE BEST SEATS IN THE HOUSE HERE!

Get ready to uncover all the fabulousness in the universe as the Gay Asian Pacific Alliance (GAPA) Foundation’s Runway XXVIII: Intergalactic makes a crash landing onto the newly renovated San Francisco’s Herbst Theatre.

Hosted by Miss GAPA 2012 Jezebel Patel and Mister GAPA 2013 Whitney Queers, this annual beauty pageant kicks into light speed and launches into a galaxy far, far away as a group of other-worldly Candydates battle for this year’s title of Mister and Miss GAPA. There’ll be guest judges, a talent competition and, of course, an opportunity to see these contestants harness the power of the FIERCE to strut their stuff on the runway.

Don’t miss out on this unforgettable night of empowerment as proceeds benefit GAPA Foundation’s Student Scholarship and Community Grants Programs.

Guest Judges: Tita Aida, Khmera Rouge, H.P. Mendoza, Sean Howell, Carol Gillespie, and Robynn Takayama!

The Candydates will be announced soon so stay tuned! To stay current with the latest info, RSVP on Facebook HERE!

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2016 Grants Guidelines

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What is the GAPA Foundation Community Grant?
The Gay Asian Pacific Alliance (GAPA) Foundation Community Grants were initially established to provide funding for often overlooked projects that, nonetheless, had the potential to positively impact the Asian and Pacific Islander (API) and/or lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community. The purpose of the GAPA Foundation Community Grants is to provide core funding to under-resourced and/or underrepresented local community organizations and projects.

How much is the GAPA Community Grant?
The GAPA Foundation Community Grant can provide funding up to $5000. Several grants can be provided within a calendar year.

What are the minimum eligibility requirements for this community grant?

  • You must have tax-exempt 501(c)(3) status,
  • OR, you must have a fiscal sponsor who has tax-exempt 501(c)(3) status.
  • Note, we cannot accept applicants who do not have either of the two requirements listed above.


How do I apply?

  • Eligible applicants must complete an application form and submit an itemized budget (see example of itemized budget here)
  • Eligible applicants are encouraged to apply online but may alternatively complete a copy of the application and submit it to us via email at programs@gapafoundation.org.


When is the deadline? And is there anything else I should know about the application process?

  • Application materials must be received no later than July 15, 2016, 11:59 PM PST.
  • If additional evaluation of applicants is necessary to determine final recipients, the grant committee may require a follow-up questionnaire or interview.
  • By early September, all applicants will be notified regarding whether or not they have been chosen as a grant recipient.


What does the process look like if I’m selected as a grant recipient?

  • Awards will be granted directly to recipients.
  • Recipient’s name and portions of the recipients’ application may be included in GAPA Foundation publications and reports.
  • GAPA Foundation will require the participation of the grant recipient at the Community Connections Event in San Francisco, or alternatively, the submission of materials (e.g. video testimonial, poster, artwork, Hangouts session, etc.) to be presented at the event. The event date will be confirmed with applicants when finalized.


What kinds of projects and organizations does GAPA Foundation typically fund?

Long story short, there is no “typical” profile for projects that GAPA Foundation funds! Any project that has the potential to make a strong, positive impact in the API LGBTQ  community is the project that we are interested in funding! To learn more about the organizations that were funded in 2014, please visit our post here.

Where do I go if I have more questions?
First, check to see if you question has been answered on our Community Grant Guidelines page, which is available at www.gapafoundation.org/programs. We will do our best to keep this page updated with any frequent questions that we start seeing. Still have a question? Contact us at programs@gapafoundation.org!

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2016 Scholarship Guidelines

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What is the GAPA Foundation Scholarship?
The purpose of the Gay Asian Pacific Alliance (GAPA) Foundation Scholarship is to provide financial assistance to students in high school; undergraduate, graduate or professional school; or trade or vocational school who express activism in the Asian and Pacific Islander (API) and/or lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) communities.

How much is the GAPA Foundation Scholarship?
The GAPA Foundation Scholarship will range from $1000 – $5000, and several scholarships may be awarded in a calendar year. In addition, our top applicant will be the funded by the Donald Masuda Memorial Scholarship (co-funded by the Lacuna Giving Circle).

What are the minimum eligibility requirements for this scholarship?
You must a) be in the process of applying to, or b) currently attending a post-secondary undergraduate institution (college, university, community college or vocational school) or graduate institution. Applicants should have a strong history of activism within either the API and/or LGBTQ communities; however, applicants need not identify as either to apply. Preference will be given to those who identify as both API and LGBTQ.

OK, sounds great. How do I apply?
Eligible candidates must complete an application form, answer two short response questions, one essay prompt, and provide the following supporting documentation:

  • Current academic transcript(s)
  • At least one letter of recommendation from a teacher, school administrator, counselor, employer, or community leader highlighting community activism and leadership skills.

Candidates are encouraged to apply electronically, but may alternatively complete a copy of the application and submit it to us via email at programs@gapafoundation.org.


When is the deadline? And is there anything else I should know about the application process?

  • Application materials must be received no later than June 30, 2016, 11:59 PM PST.
  • If additional evaluation of candidates is necessary to determine final recipients, the scholarship committee may require a follow-up questionnaire or interview.
  • By early September, all applicants will be notified regarding whether or not they have been chosen as a scholarship recipient.


What does the process look like if I’m selected as a scholarship recipient?

  • Awards will be granted directly to recipient’s Financial Aid Office.
  • Recipient’s name and portions of the recipients’ application essays may be included in GAPA Foundation publications and reports.
  • GAPA Foundation will require the presence of the scholarship recipient at the Community Connections Event in San Francisco, or alternatively, the submission of materials (e.g. video testimonial, poster, artwork, Hangouts session, etc.) to be presented at the event. The event date will be confirmed with applicants when finalized.


Can I apply again if I don’t receive a scholarship?

If you do not receive a scholarship, you may reapply in future scholarship rounds if you meet the eligibility requirements for that round.

Where do I go if I have more questions?
First, check to see if you question has been answered on this very page! We do our best to keep this page updated with any frequent questions that we start seeing. Still have a question? Contact us at programs@gapafoundation.org!

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Grant Guidelines

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What is the GAPA Foundation Community Grant?
The Gay Asian Pacific Alliance (GAPA) Foundation Community Grants were initially established to provide funding for often overlooked projects that, nonetheless, had the potential to positively impact the Asian and Pacific Islander (API) and/or lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community. The purpose of the GAPA Foundation Community Grants is to provide core funding to under-resourced and/or underrepresented local community organizations and projects.

How much is the GAPA Community Grant?
The GAPA Foundation Community Grant can provide funding up to $5000. Several grants can be provided within a calendar year.

What are the minimum eligibility requirements for this community grant?

  • You must have tax-exempt 501(c)(3) status,
  • OR, you must have a fiscal sponsor who has tax-exempt 501(c)(3) status.


How do I apply?

  • Eligible applicants must complete an application form and submit an itemized budget (see example of itemized budget here)
  • Eligible applicants are encouraged to apply electronically but may alternatively complete a copy of the application and submit it to us via email at programs@gapafoundation.org.


When is the deadline? And is there anything else I should know about the application process?

  • Application materials must be received no later than July 15, 2015, 11:59 PM PST.
  • If additional evaluation of applicants is necessary to determine final recipients, the grant committee may require a follow-up questionnaire or interview.
  • By early September, all applicants will be notified regarding whether or not they have been chosen as a grant recipient.


What does the process look like if I’m selected as a grant recipient?

  • Awards will be granted directly to recipients.
  • Recipient’s name and portions of the recipients’ application may be included in GAPA Foundation publications and reports.
  • GAPA Foundation will require the participation of the grant recipient at the Community Connections Event in San Francisco on October 18th, 2015, or alternatively, the submission of materials (e.g. video testimonial, poster, artwork, Hangouts session, etc.) to be presented at the event.


What kinds of projects and organizations does GAPA Foundation typically fund?

Long story short, there is no “typical” profile for projects that GAPA Foundation funds! Any project that has the potential to make a strong, positive impact in the API LGBTQ  community is the project that we are interested in funding! To learn more about the organizations that were funded in 2014, please visit our post here.

Where do I go if I have more questions?
First, check to see if you question has been answered on our Community Grant Guidelines page, which is available at www.gapafoundation.org/programs. We will do our best to keep this page updated with any frequent questions that we start seeing. Still have a question? Contact us at programs@gapafoundation.org!

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Scholarship Guidelines

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What is the GAPA Foundation Scholarship?
The purpose of the Gay Asian Pacific Alliance (GAPA) Foundation Scholarship is to provide financial assistance to students in high school; undergraduate, graduate or professional school; or trade or vocational school who express activism in the Asian and Pacific Islander (API) and/or lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) communities.

How much is the GAPA Foundation Scholarship?
The GAPA Foundation Scholarship is for the amount of $2000, and several $2,000 scholarships may be awarded in a calendar year.  In addition, our top applicant this year will be designated the recipient of the Donald Masuda Memorial Scholarship (co-funded by the Lacuna Giving Circle) and will receive an additional $1,000 for a total of a $3,000 scholarship award.

What are the minimum eligibility requirements for this scholarship?
You must a) be in the process of applying to, or b) currently attending a post-secondary undergraduate institution (college, university, community college or vocational school) or graduate institution. Applicants should have a strong history of activism within either the API and/or LGBTQ communities; however, applicants need not identify as either to apply. Preference will be given to those who identify as both API and LGBTQ.

OK, sounds great. How do I apply?
Eligible candidates must complete an application form, answer two short response questions, one essay prompt, and provide the following supporting documentation:

  • Current academic transcript(s)
  • At least one letter of recommendation from a teacher, school administrator, counselor, employer, or community leader highlighting community activism and leadership skills.

Candidates are encouraged to apply electronically, but may alternatively complete a copy of the application and submit it to us via email at programs@gapafoundation.org.


When is the deadline? And is there anything else I should know about the application process?

  • Application materials must be received no later than June 15, 2015, 11:59 PM PST.
  • If additional evaluation of candidates is necessary to determine final recipients, the scholarship committee may require a follow-up questionnaire or interview.
  • By early September, all applicants will be notified regarding whether or not they have been chosen as a scholarship recipient.


What does the process look like if I’m selected as a scholarship recipient?

  • Awards will be granted directly to recipient’s Financial Aid Office.
  • Recipient’s name and portions of the recipients’ application essays may be included in GAPA Foundation publications and reports.
  • GAPA Foundation will require the presence of the scholarship recipient at the Community Connections Event in San Francisco on October 17th, 2015, or alternatively, the submission of materials (e.g. video testimonial, poster, artwork, Hangouts session, etc.) to be presented at the event.


Can I apply again if I don’t receive a scholarship?

If you do not receive a scholarship, you may reapply in future scholarship rounds if you meet the eligibility requirements for that round.

Where do I go if I have more questions?
First, check to see if you question has been answered on this very page! We do our best to keep this page updated with any frequent questions that we start seeing. Still have a question? Contact us at programs@gapafoundation.org!