The AAA-ICDR Foundation established the Rapid Response Fund to support critical programs outside of its regular grant cycle. The Rapid Response Fund enables the Foundation to quickly award grants to not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organizations, whose work fits the Foundation’s mission and addresses urgent and pressing current events. Grants awarded through the Rapid Response Fund are capped at $25,000 each. Potential grantees are identified by the Foundation and invited to apply. The following are the past areas of focus for the Rapid Response Fund and grants given under the Fund:
Conflict resolution focused programs that help combat rising hate in the United States against Asian American and Pacific Islander communities:
Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC)
Mission: Our mission is to advance the civil and human rights for Asian Americans and to build and promote a fair and equitable society for all.
Grant Purpose: Asian Americans Advancing Justice - AAJC is working to address the Asian American community’s needs in combatting anti-Asian hate through the following three-pronged approach: 1) Raise awareness of anti-Asian hate through community outreach, documentation, and advocacy; 2) Prevent hate crimes and hate incidents through education and intervention, including bystander intervention and conflict de-escalation trainings, and building capacity of local Asian American community organizations; and 3) Respond to hate crimes and hate incidents to ensure our communities are supported through developing national infrastructure and building the capacity of local Asian American community organizations that provide support services, and through coordination with federal, state, and local governments to be responsive to community needs.
Asian Pacific American Dispute Resolution Center (APADRC)
Los Angeles, CA
Mission: Founded as a multicultural conflict resolution center in 1989 to serve the diverse and historically underserved communities of LA, the Asian Pacific American Dispute Resolution Center (APADRC) aims to cultivate peace through our culturally competent ADR services that improve interpersonal and community relations.
Grant Purpose: To support AAPI programming and increase dialogues led by Asian community members to increase understanding of what is means to be Asian American and build intraracial and interracial compassion.
National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Law Foundation
Mission: The Foundation’s mission is to educate and to serve Asian Pacific Americans (APAs) and their communities. The NAPABA Law Foundation promotes the development, advancement, leadership, and public service of APAs in the legal profession through fellowships, scholarships, education, and community partnerships.
Grant Purpose: The NAPABA Law Foundation will develop an anti-COVID-19 Bullying Toolkit containing template advocacy letters and press releases, digests of applicable federal and state laws and resource guides (including counseling options) for students and their families and 2) to equip and train local NAPABA affiliates on legal and non-legal responses to bullying and interacting with school officials.
National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA)
Mission: The National Council of Asian Pacific Americans is a coalition of 38 national Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) organizations around the country. NCAPA is project of the Tides Center based in Washington D.C. NCAPA serves to represent the interests of the greater AAPI communities, the fastest growing racial group in the nation, and to provide a national voice for Asian American and Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander issues.
Grant Purpose: The project aims to support the existing response framework of NCAPA, so that member organizations can convene, strategize and share information to inform their own work in responding to anti-Asian racism and encouraging cross-racial solidarity.