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Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs Awards $230,000 in Community Grants

Monday, September 24, 2012

Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs Awards $230,000 in Community Grants

OAPIA Awarded $230,000 in Community Grants to Provide Grassroots Services for the City’s Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Residents

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Washington, DC - The Mayor’s Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs (OAPIA) awarded $230,000 in community grants to provide grassroots services for the city’s Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) residents, especially culturally and linguistically isolated residents.

“These community grants are important to maintaining the high level of supplemental services provided by community-based organizations (CBOs),” said OAPIA Director Soohyun Koo.

Eight CBOs received the community grants ranging from $17,500 - $50,000 in funding. The CBOs that received awards include:

  • Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center
  • Asian American Leadership Empowerment and Development
  • Asian/Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project
  • Chinatown Service Center
  • Hepatitis B Initiative
  • Many Languages One Voice
  • Moving Forward
  • Vietnamese American Community Service Center

Some of the services that will be provided by the CBOs include job preparedness and training to increase and improve workforce development skills, education services that complement public school curriculum, and other supportive social services.

This is the sixth time OAPIA gave funding. OAPIA believes this funding will enable CBOs to continue to provide crucial services to the District’s AAPI residents.

“We are excited to fund these organizations as they will play a significant role in improving the lives of low-income DC residents,” Koo added.