Call for Proposals

Deadline May 15, 2023


How does religion inspire your community to work with others in order to transform your world? We are looking for projects from Asian Pacific American religious groups that bridge differences and build coalitions to improve communities. We will fund and foster relationships, provide mutual support, and encourage the exchange of ideas across groups. Accepted proposals will receive $20,000 to support their work between fall 2023 and summer 2025. Funded project leaders have the opportunity to join biannual in-person and virtual gatherings with other grantees. 

The goal of the proposal is to identify and select Asian American religious communities or sites of knowledge makers who will receive $20,000 in seed funding to catalyze their existing religiously-inspired coalitional justice work. Seed grant recipients will already be doing innovative work that relates to the broader research questions about the on-the-ground practices of religiously-inspired coalition justice work. These Site Leaders will enter into a two-year working relationship with the research team of Research Fellows. We envision a working relationship of co-equals between scholars and knowledge makers where the latter function with relative independence as local laboratories of justice work from which the research team can learn.


May 15, 2023
Submission Deadline

Submit answers to the four application questions below.

May 15, 2023
June 1, 2023
Full Proposal Invitation

A select number of projects will be invited to submit full proposals (project narrative, budget, and budget narrative) and meet with members of our team to discuss their projects.

June 1, 2023
July 15, 2023
Invited proposals due

July 15, 2023
August 15, 2023

August 15, 2023

Call for Proposal

The call for Proposals is closed. Thank you for your interest.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the goal of this project?

The goal of the project is to support community-led initiatives that address social and environmental issues in the United States. Our grant aims to empower local site leaders to create positive change in their communities by providing funding and support for their initiatives.

How long does the grant last?

The grant lasts for 2 years.

When are funds distributed?

Funds are distributed in two installments. The first installment is provided at the beginning of the grant cycle, and the second installment is provided halfway through the cycle. Grantees must submit a progress report before receiving the second installment of funding.

What is expected from grantees?

Grantees are expected to use the funding to implement their initiatives and create a positive impact in their communities. They must submit regular progress reports and a final report at the end of the grant cycle.

Can I propose a solo project, or do we need a leadership team?

Both solo projects and projects led by a team are eligible for the grant. However, we encourage applicants to collaborate and work with others to increase the potential impact of their initiatives.

What if team members are religious, but the project itself is not?

We welcome applicants from all backgrounds and encourage diversity in our grant program. Religious affiliation of team members is not a factor in the evaluation of proposals.

Do all team members have to be Asian Pacific Americans?

No, all team members do not have to be Asian Pacific Americans. Our grant is open to individuals and groups based in the United States who are committed to making a positive impact in their communities.

What if I have questions and am not sure if my project qualifies?

If you have questions about the eligibility of your project, please review the submission guidelines on our website or reach out to us at [email protected] for more information.

Does the project have to be new? Can I continue a project that we are already working on?

Both new projects and ongoing initiatives are eligible for the grant. However, proposals must demonstrate how the funding will help to create a significant impact and advance the project’s goals.

What can the money be used for?

The grant funding can be used for a variety of purposes related to the implementation of the initiative. This includes but is not limited to project supplies and materials, marketing and outreach efforts, stipends for team members, and other expenses necessary for the success of the project. However, funds cannot be used for personal expenses unrelated to the initiative or for indirect costs such as rent or administrative overhead.