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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!

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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!).

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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:
http://www.dariproject.org/
http://iamkoream.com/tag/dari-project/

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The 2013 Scholarship Recipients

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Meet GAPA Foundation’s 2013 Scholarship Winners!

Vinita Chaudhry, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri

Vinita is a senior undergraduate student at Washington University in St. Louis, double majoring in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies & Anthropology. Vinita has been actively involved in various forms of LGBTQ activism since their time in high school, serving on the executive board of Washington University’s Pride Alliance (largest campus multi-focus LGBTQ organization), Safe Zones Facilitators, and is currently working on starting up an organization for queer people of color on campus (including students, faculty, and staff); outside of Washington University, Vinita has completed internships in New York City for Empire State Pride Agenda and SALGA-NYC, as well as an internship with a local NGO in Udaipur City, India. They also are working on the completion of a senior honors thesis and Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship research project, which explores South Asian queer identities and activism in New York City, through the lens of SALGA-NYC in particular. Vinita is incredibly honored to have been awarded the GAPA Foundation Scholarship, and looks forward to continuing to do work for API LGBTQ folks.

Timothy Mok, University of California, San Francisco, California

Timothy is a graduate student in the School of Pharmacy at UCSF.  He is currently the UCSF Project HIV Outreach Coordinator, and is involved in leading educational workshops for queer people living with HIV, as well as screening for HIV and providing information on the most up-to-date therapies.  He is involved in the leadership of campus-wide diversity programs and within the School of Pharmacy.  He is expected to graduate in Spring 2015.

Lucy Ngo, California State University, Long Beach, California

Currently attending CSULB, Lucy is a part of Vietnamese Rainbow of Orange County and hopes to continue her activism in the LGBTQ community. In addition, she is a peer supporter of ReachOut, a mental health support service. She is the youngest out of her two sisters. When not busy, she is either sleeping or playing Candy Crush Saga.

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The 2013 Community Grant Recipients

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We are proud to present our 2013 grantees which cover a wide range of community interests:
  • youth mentorship
  • support of under-represented ethnic groups
  • support of trans community
  • leadership development
  • language support
  • family support

API Wellness Center – Trans Thrive (Bay Area)This grant serves the underserved trans community. It will specifically support Project In-TYCE (Integrated Transgender Youth of Color Empowerment) and a mentorship program for trans youth of color.

DeQH (National)This grant makes an impact within the LGBT South Asian community on a national level. Desi Queer Helpline is the first and only helpline in the U.S. dedicated to South Asian LGBTQ individuals.

API Family Pride (Bay Area)This grant will fund the updating of their Coming Out, Coming Home DVD so that it can continue to make an impact on families of LGBT APIs. They are all volunteer run.

API Equality (Bay Area)This grant will help fund their leadership development efforts in training, mentoring, and politicizing young LGBTQ API activists. They have been helping to develop future queer API community activists for 9 years now

Viet Rainbow of Orange County (SoCal)This grant will help fund a public service announcement aimed at bringing positive visibility of LGBTQ individuals in the Vietnamese-Community while promoting culture, community, family, and unity. The PSA will be broadcasted on local Vietnamese language television channels. This organization was formed as a result of the exclusion and discrimination faced by the Vietnamese LGBTQ community during the 2013 Tet Parade in Orange County.

UTOPIA (Seattle)This grant will help fund their leadership training retreat. UTOPIA specifically focuses on supporting the Pacific Islander community to provide them with a culturally affirming safe space and resources.

Visible Silence Film (National)This grant supports an arts project. It targets multiple underserved communities – women, transgender, Thai. This film is about 5 women who want to participate fully in Thai society and are committed to showing, through their words and example, that they exist; that they are good people who contribute to their society; that they matter.