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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!