Upholding Chicago’s Asian American Pacific Islander Communities
February 2, 2023 | Grantee News | Chicago Commitment
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More and more Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities are calling Chicago home. According to a report by the Institute for Research on Race & Public Policy at the University of Illinois Chicago, Asian Americans comprise just under six percent of the city’s population but are the fastest growing population in Chicago, contributing to the diversity and vibrancy of our city.

In 2022, we awarded six AAPI-led and -serving organizations a total of $3.65 million in grants. In addition to strengthening these entities’ work in the metropolitan area, the grants align with our commitment to increase support to AAPI organizations over the next five years and advance the Chicago Commitment’s racial equity goals.

Apna Ghar: $750,000 over three years to support the organization’s development and expand its services to more community areas, as it works toward ending gender-based violence using trauma-informed and restorative justice practices.

The Asian American Foundation: $300,000 over two years to support the implementation of the Teaching Equitable Asian American Community History (TEAACH) Act in Illinois.

Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Chicago: $750,000 over three years to support the organization’s growth and expansion of its work to build power among Asian Americans and advance racial equity through community organizing and policy change.

Chicago Community Foundation to support the Chicago Community Trust’s Asian Giving Circle: $600,000 over three years to support planning for and grantmaking in economic development, as well as to enable the Asian Giving Circle to engage in learning activities while expanding its support for nonprofit organizations addressing challenges faced by Chicagoland’s Asian communities.

Coalition for a Better Chinese American Community: $500,000 over two years to provide institutional support for the organization and funding for resident-driven economic and community development in Chinatown.

HANA Center: $750,000 over three years to support the creation and implementation of a new strategic plan that will advance the development of staff and leadership of the Korean American and multi-ethnic immigrant communities served by the organization.

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