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Apply for a Grant

We are excited to announce that, in 2016, the Cherry Blossom Giving Circle is again offering nonprofit organizations that serve members of the AAPI communities in the Washington, DC metropolitan area the opportunity to apply for unrestricted grants between $500 and $4,000!

Our application is the same simplified one from last year, so we hope that it will be easy for you to apply for a grant. Download the grant application as a Word document or as a PDF, and apply by Monday, October 31, 2016!

If you have questions, email us at


Eligibility Criteria for 2016

From question 2 on the application (Word/ PDF):

  • Your organization has 501(c)(3) status or your organization has a fiscal sponsor with 501(c)(3) status.
  • Your organization or your project has a budget under $500,000.
  • Your organization or project is one that we have not previously funded or that we have funded only one time before.

From question 3 on the application (Word/ PDF):

  • Your organization or project primarily serves members of AAPI communities who live, work, or study in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.
  • The activities of your organization or project help promote positive change and help improve the lives of members of AAPI communities in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, and the requested grant funds (which may be for general operational support) will be used towards those efforts.
  • Your organization is based in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.


Size of Available Grants in 2016

Unrestricted grants dollars between $500 and $4,000 can be requested. The number and actual size of the grants will be based on the number of applicants and the amount of funding resources available. If you wow us with your organization or project explained in your application, you could receive one of them.


Important Dates for 2016

  • Oct. 31, 2016 at 11:59 pm ET: Application submission deadline
  • Nov. 2016: Review of applications, including follow-up questions as needed
  • Feb. 2017 (no later than): Announcement of grants and awarding of grant funds
  • 2017: Occasional requests for brief status updates from organizations receiving grants


Our Past Grantees

Since we started the giving circle in 2009, we have provided a total of nearly $60,000 in grants to the following 16 nonprofit organizations in 2010, 2011, 2012, 20132014, and 2015.


Other Funding Resources:

  • DC Mayor’s Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs (MOAPIA): Each year, MOAPIA offers capacity-building grants for community-based organizations that provide supplemental government services to the District’s AAPI community; see more at
  • Rainbow Dragon Fund: In 2012, this local giving circle gave grants ranging from $1,400 to $2,500 for activities or projects benefited LGBTQ AAPI individuals, organizations, or communities in the Washington, DC metro area.
  • MASALA Giving Circle: In 2014, the Mid-Atlantic South Asians Leveraging Assets (MASALA) Giving Circle continued another year of community giving to local organizations working with underserved and disadvantaged South Asian populations.
  • GoodSearch: This is an easy way to raise funds for your non-profit organizations. All you have to do is register with them and let your supporters know about it. Here’s how it works:
    • Tell your supporters to use the Yahoo!-powered GoodSearch as their search engine and to select your organization as the recipient. GoodSearch will donate a penny to your organization every time they do a search.
    • Your supporters can also shop online from more than 2,600 retailers at GoodShop. They pay the same price as as normal, but a percentage of their purchase will be donated to your organization.
    • Finally, your supporters can also enroll in the GoodDining program. When they eat at over 10,000 participating restaurants nationwide, up to 6% of every dollar spent on the meal will be donated to your organization.