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Apply for a grant from the Cherry Blossom Giving Circle!

September 8, 2015

We are excited to announce that, in 2015, 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!

We’ve simplified the application this year, so we hope that it will be easier for you to apply for a grant. Read more at, or download the grant application here as a Word document or as a PDF.

Organizations have to meet the following eligibility criteria to apply for a grant:

  • 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 organizations 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 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.

The deadline for submitting your application is Friday, October 16 Friday, October 30. If you have questions, email us at

Updated on October 20, 2015 to reflect the extension of our deadline to Friday, October 30 and a change in our criteria. For more information on these changes, click here.


Be sure to check out OAPIA’s capacity building grant

March 11, 2015

OAPIA recently announced its Request for Applications for the FY2015 Asian American and Pacific Islander Capacity Building Grant.

This grant funding is for efforts that would increase the linguistic and cultural capacity of qualified community-based organizations seeking to provide direct services to low-income limited English proficient/ non-English proficient AAPI residents and merchants. Such services would increase these populations’ capacity for independence into the general community in the following areas:

  • Strategic Planning and Leadership Development
  • Fundraising and Financial Management
  • Internal Operations
  • Communications and Advocacy.
OAPIA will be available for meetings with grant applicants to discuss potential proposals on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 and Wednesday, March 18, 2015 during 30-minute blocks between the hours of 8:00 am – 12:00 at OAPIA (441 4th Street, NW, #721N; Washington, DC 20001). Sign up at for a meeting, which will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
The deadline for submission of grant applications is Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at 12:00 noon EST.

Congratulations to our 2014 grantees!

March 2, 2015

Congratulations again to our 2014 grantees! We celebrated the Lunar New Year last Thursday with our grantees and got to learn some more about their fantastic organizations!

Jacinta Ma, Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center

Jacinta Ma told us why she joined the board of the Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center (APALRC), including their important work with residents in low-income housing in Chinatown and with women who have been trafficked.

Jane Pan, Hepatitis B Initiative of Washington DC
Next, Jane Pan reminded us that, even though Hepatitis B is both preventable and treatable, too many Asian Pacific Americans–about 1 in 12–live with it. Her organization, the Hepatitis B Initiative of Washington DC, offers education, screening, and vaccines. Be sure to check our their 5th Annual Benefit Gala & Award Dinner on May 31 at the China Garden Restaurant in Rosslyn!

Tuan Duong, Mid-Atlantic Union of Vietnamese Student Association

Finally, Tuan Duong told us that Mid- Atlantic Union of Vietnamese Student Associations (MAUVSA) helps develop student leaders at 9 mid-Atlantic colleges and universities and provides them a forum to learn from and support one another. MAUVSA’s upcoming conference also provides students an opportunity to attend workshops and network with alumni in various fields.


Reminder: Celebrate the Lunar New Year and our new grantees with us on Thursday!

February 24, 2015

This Thursday, February 26 at 6 pm, we are celebrating the Lunar New Year and our 2014 grantees at Exponent Philanthropy (1720 N St NW, Washington, DC). You’ll have a chance to hear from each of our three great grantees–the Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center, the Hepatitis B Initiative of Washington DC, and the Mid- Atlantic Union of Vietnamese Student Association–and also from the AAPIP Metro DC Chapter and the MASALA Giving Circle.

Be sure to RSVP at if you haven’t already done so, and we look forward to seeing you there!

Women’s Forum Distinguished Speaker Dinner Series with Aditi Hardikar

February 18, 2015

APABA-DC’s Women’s Forum invites you to an evening with Aditi Hardikar, Associate Director of Public Engagement in the White House Office of Public Engagement. Please join them for a discussion with Aditi, who serves as the White House’s primary liaison to the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community as well as the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community.

Prior to joining the White House, Aditi served as Director of the LGBT Leadership Council and Director of the AAPI Leadership Council for the Democratic National Committee, where she raised resources and mobilized community leaders around Democratic issues. She also served as the LGBT Finance Director for the Presidential Inaugural Committee in 2013, and the Deputy Director of LGBT Voter Outreach and LGBT Finance for the 2012 Obama-Biden President Campaign. Aditi planned events and organized progressive young Americans for the Campus Progress team at the Center for American Progress in Washington, DC. She also served as a White House intern in the Office of Public Engagement, where she worked on LGBT issues. Aditi is a proud graduate of the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, where she earned her B.A. in Economics and Political Science.

  • When: Monday, February 23, 2014, 6:30 to 8:30 PM
  • Where: Mio, 1110 Vermont Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20005
  • Details: Attendees will be responsible for the cost of their own dinner and drinks.
  • RSVP: Space is extremely limited. Please RSVP to by tonight–Wednesday, February 18.

P.S. Check out this Washington Post article about reinventing philanthropy with a Silicon Valley blueprint!

Save the date for the 17th Annual Cherry Blossom Freedom Walk on March 28!

February 16, 2015

Save the date to join us and others at the 17th Annual Cherry Blossom Freedom Walk on Saturday, March 28 at the National Japanese American Memorial to Patriotism (New Jersey Ave, Louisiana Ave, and D St NW, closest Metro: Union Station). This historical and cultural event raises awareness about the Japanese American experience during World War II and to highlight the vigilant role that American citizens must continue to play in preserving the Constitutional rights of all Americans. The Memorial was built as a lasting tribute to the more than 33,000 Japanese American soldiers who served with great distinction in the U.S. Military. The Memorial also pays tribute to the more than 120,000 persons of Japanese ancestry who were unjustly relocated in American confinement sites during World War II and is also a testament to our nation’s greatness that it does not fear to acknowledge its mistakes.

This year’s keynote speaker will be Ms. Catherine Mitrano, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Resolution Management at the Department of Veterans Affairs.  Also on the program will be former Secretary Norman Y. Mineta and Ambassador Kenichi Sasae.

Register at

Celebrate our 2014 grantees with us on February 26!

February 12, 2015

Celebrate the Lunar New Year with us, the AAPIP Metro DC Chapter, and the MASALA Giving Circle on Thursday, February 26 at 6:00 PM! We’ll be at Exponent Philanthropy (1720 N St NW, Washington, DC); the closest Metro stations are Dupnt Circle and Farragut North on the Red line and Farragut West on the Blue, Orange, and Silver lines.

In addition to welcoming the Year of the Sheep/ Goat, we’ll closing our 2014 grantmaking cycle by awarding a total of $8,8000 to three local organizations to further their missions. Our grantees are:

RSVP today at All are welcome, and we look forward to celebrating with you!