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The 2022 Civic Internship Program Grant RFP Guidelines

Grant Objectives:
  • To build strong relationship between government and Asian Pacific Islander American community
  • To train, empower and connect Asian Pacific Islander American students in civic engagement
  • To develop Asian Pacific Islander American civic leaders and build network and pipeline of Asian Pacific Islander Americans in government offices
Eligibility:
  • Organizations must verify their eligibility before they submit proposals. Please use the organization verification link to do so.
  • Grant applicant needs to have or plan to have a civic internship program in 2022, which trains and empowers high school students and/or college students and/or graduate school students in civic engagement area and places them in government/government agency/legislative offices for at least 80 hours of the internship each student (we can allow no more than 25% of the interns in the program to do government related/civic engagement internship in nonprofit nonpartisan organization verified by us)
Grant Application:

For any proposal request less than $10,000, we have a simplified process with application link here.

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If you have special budget requirements, or intend to apply for grants more than $10,000, you can choose the standard application form. You will be required to list detailed budget items, and at least 1-1 match of the funding. Please check the application link here.

Grant Application Deadline & Review Process:

Application deadline: For summer internship program, proposal needs to be submitted by 5pm Pacific Time, April 30th, 2022, if you have a different internship program timeline, please reach out to us.

CLUSA board will review and approve/reject the grant applications. An email with the result will be sent to each applicant individually. Official awards will be announced all together on CLUSA website after CLUSA June Board meeting.

Additional Support:

CLUSA will provide a centralized online training course for civic internship students and their trainers:

  • For organizations with well-established internship training program, you can continue with your own student training
    For some organizations, you can mix your own training with our centralized training if needed
  • For organizations having difficulties to find student training resources, especially for new internship programs, you can fully utilize our centralized training resources. If you have any difficulties in finding internship placements or recruiting students, please reach out to us.*

*An RFP Q&A session (online) will be provided on March 5th, 2022 at 9am Pacific Time which can walk you through the application procedure and answer any questions you may have. 

* This video recording is for you to watch if you didn’t attend this virtual webinar on March 5th, 2022.

Grant communication:
  • An online RFP Q & A session is available for all applicants on Mar 5, 2022 at 9 am Pacific Time. Please register here.
  • Applicants can schedule phone/Zoom meetings with CLUSA staff before proposal deadline (5 PM PCT of Apr 30, 2022) for any inquiry and assistance from program staff‘
  • Grantees need to communicate with CLUSA program team for updates, any changes, final reports in a timely manner

Any inquiries, please contact grants@clusa.org or

Qing Bai, Director of Internship Program at: qbai@clusa.org or call 1-408-250-8436

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The 2022 Q1 -Civic Leadership Grant Program – Awardees

Congratulations to Our 2022 Q1 awardees

We are very excited to announce the 2022 Q1 awardees on the civic leadership grants program!

The overall objective of this grant program is to build a living and dynamic system of organizations by outsourcing and forming strategic partnerships dedicated to Civic Leadership Development that are sustainable financially, with focus on leadership succession.

The awardees for the 2022 Q1 are:

Challenging the Asian American Disloyalty Myth

Lessons from the Fred Korematsu case: A Talk by Dale Minami
Date/Time: Wed, March 30, 2022 | 3:30 PM – 4:45 PM EDT
Hosted By:
  • Asian American Federal Employees for Non-Discrimination (AAFEN)
  • Asian American Foreign Affairs Association (AAFAA)
  • US Dept. Commerce AAPI Employee Resource Group
  • NOAA Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Employee Resource Group (NHPI-ERG)
  • GSA AsianAmerican Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Employee Resource Group
With support by Civic Leadership USA (CLUSA)
Speaker: Dale Minami, Litigator, Korematsu v U.S.
Opening remarks: Rebecca Lee, Deputy Director, White House Initiative on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders, (WHIAANPI)
Moderator: Aryani Ong, Co-Founder, Asian American Federal Employees for Nondiscrimination (AAFEN)
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The 2022 Civic Internship Program Grant RFP Q&A Video Recording

CLUSA provides Civic Internship Program grants to API nonprofit organizations to support their civic internship programs, which train and send API students to government/ government agencies to do internships. 

In the recorded information session, we introduced our organization, team members, grant objectives, organization verification, grant application procedure and Q&A. 

Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any more questions or need any support. Please contact Qing Bai through email: qbai@clusa.org.

Click on the “APPLY NOW” icon to apply for or find out more detailed information about the 2022 Civic Internship Program Grant. 

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The 2022 Q1 National Grant Review Committee Members

Kudos to our national grant review committee members for dedicating their time and expertise in this highly competitive cycle of the civic leadership grant program.

Their hard work will help our board identify the appropriate grantees, which might eventually be the significant contributors to impact the AAPI community in the future.

We are grateful for their insights and professional recommendations in this intense and thorough review process. Again, thank you for their collective efforts and all their valuable inputs in fine-tuning the program. 

The 2022 Q1 National Grant Review Committee Members’ bios & photos; please click here.

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Catalyst Donates More Than Half-Million Pieces of PPE to Help Protect Illinois Families and Youth

Consumer electronics company known globally for protecting electronic devices, partners with government and community agencies to protect the state’s most vulnerable populations

CHICAGO, IL (March 3, 2022) Catalyst, known globally for their protective cases for smartphones and electronic devices, is donating more than 530,000 pieces of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) and the Coalition for a Better Chinese American Community (CBCAC) in order to help protect the state’s most vulnerable populations. Catalyst has a strong global distribution network, with U.S. warehouses in Illinois and Nevada. They are making the donation of face masks, KN95 filtering masks, face shields and other protective items to help communities where their business is rooted and growing.

The donation will provide more than 405,000 pieces of PPE to DCFS for distribution to employees and agency partners throughout the state. Another 125,000 pieces will be donated to CBCAC for distribution to member organizations and the local community. The donation, valued at $425,000 was facilitated through a partnership with Civic Leadership USA.

“At the height of the pandemic, when the world was scrambling to find appropriate PPE and medical supplies for daily protection, Catalyst was able to leverage our global networks and supply chain resources to secure millions of pieces of PPE in order to provide access and fill a critical need,” Catalyst CEO June Lai said.

While PPE is more widely available now than in the early stages of the pandemic, access is not always equitable or affordable. There is no better way we can think of to support Illinois communities than to provide this recourse to those who need it the most.”

DCFS and its private agencies employ more than 8,000 people statewide. The agency has more than 20,000 youth in its care. In any given year, DCFS interacts with nearly 50,000 clients through its state offices and private agency offices including counseling offices, residential facilities, group homes, transitional and independent living homes and more. These populations are typically the most vulnerable with limited access to recourses including PPE.

“Since the beginning of the pandemic, DCFS employees have relied on PPE to help protect themselves and the children and families we serve,” DCFS Director Marc D. Smith said. “To help ensure our employees’ health and well-being, DCFS provided all of our staff across the state as well as our private not-for-profit partner agencies with PPE. This generous donation from Catalyst will help ease pressure on our budget and will be put to immediate use to provide a positive health benefit to our agencies and youth.”

The CBCAC works to impact the greater Chinatown community – which now totals over 27,000 – by uniting the resources of member organizations and individual members to empower Chinese American communities in Chicago.

“This gesture of support means a great deal to the Chinese American community,” CBCAC Executive Director Grace Chan McKibben said. “A donation of this magnitude brings assistance directly to our community members and we’re grateful to Catalyst for their generosity during a time when many are still struggling through the pandemic.”

“This is a fantastic example of the impact we can have as a global community when we’re ready and willing to help one another,” Rep. Theresa Mah, D-Chicago said. “Thank you to Catalyst for the tremendous gesture of support and commitment to Illinois through business and community.”

Catalyst is providing a range of high quality, appropriate PPE to support the state need. Catalyst worked closely with a team of specialists throughout the sourcing, design and manufacturing process of their PPE, including regulatory and legal consultants with more than 60 years’ collective experience working at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), to ensure the Catalyst products and processes met FDA guidelines and CDC recommendations.

For more information about Catalyst visit www.catalystcase.com

About Catalyst

Catalyst, through Labworks International Design Limited, is a design and innovation company that has built a global brand creating and manufacturing protection for electronic devices. Through precision engineering, Catalyst products are designed to help people, businesses and organizations protect themselves and their personal devices and company assets. For over 10 years, their range of protective cases have allowed users to experience life on their own terms while always keeping their valuable devices safe and secure.

Catalyst is available in more than 70 countries including the USA, Canada, UK, Germany, China, Japan, Korea, Australia and the GCC.

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Eligibility Verification

All applicants for our grant programs must meet our eligibility requirements  (fill in the verification form & receive approval) before submitting your proposal to CLUSA.  
  • Once we confirm your verification form, which means you are/will:  
  1. Eligible to apply for any of our grant programs during the grant program application periods
  2. Need to update your organization information on an annual basis
  3. Receive our latest grant program information 
  • To complete the verification form, please:
  1. Download the file here
  2. Fill out the form
  3. Send it back to the grants@clusa.org to verify/get an approval
We will verify all of your information and reply with an email in 5 working days.
Please send us any questions you may have to grants@clsua.org; we will check and reply in 2 working days.
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Civic Leadership Forum – Different Culture, Common Ground, A Culture Dialog between Communities

In ages past, humankind joined hands in solidarity to beautifully birth what we now call “Community,” a word and concept whose origin is rooted in holding “Common Ground.”

It was in Solidarity that the most affluent and diverse cultures in history flourished.

Nineveh, once the largest city of the ancient world, spread itself through the acceptance of varied Mesopotamian cultures, increasing its prosperity and posterity with multiculturalism, tolerance, and learning.

In fact, we can see every center of learning and wealth throughout history is built upon the foundation of a strong heterogeneous community.

Unfortunately, solidarity and unity often find themselves poisoned by the ravages and chaos of cultures holding to the toxicity of envy, intolerance, and isolationism.

Nineveh’s Assyrian Empire, Macedonian Greece, and even Rome have all found themselves torn asunder and ground beneath the heel of infighting.

Will we allow our geat community to suffer a similar fate?

We are all acutely aware of the attacks on Asian Americans who have been targeted by racism, xenophobia, and acts of violence related to COVID-19. An intolerance driven by fear and blame.

However, it’s not only the Asian Americans that are suffering. African Americans have also seen an increase in racism and hate crimes since the advent of Covid.

To make things worse, news media have fueled the fires with misunderstanding, exacerbating and promoting poor relationships between our two cultures within the community.

Our purpose and mission are to break down these formidable walls that separate and isolate us from sincere dialogue that will only foster greater unity and solidarity.

We aim to stand on common ground and lift our voices high above the noise and call our community to appreciate and respect our differences and thereby learn and grow together.

Asians as well as all People of Color have a common goal: making America, our home, a better and safer place for multicultural unity –to live together as one community.

We are more alike than different.

We all bleed red and shed tears. We all experience joy, grief, hope, and fear. We are more than the sum of our geography and upbringing.

We are all one Humankind.

Let’s look beyond Asian America, beyond an African America, and let’s observe a United America built upon the foundations of understanding and solidarity.

Join us Tuesday, December 7, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. (PST) to hear the powerful stories and histories from both our Asian and African brothers and sisters as we hold a sincere and honest discussion that bridges the gap of ignorance and builds greater understanding for lasting solidarity.

We believe this is will be a unique opportunity for Asian Americans and African Americans to learn about each other’s untold stories, gain respect for our mutual journeys and build an ongoing relationship.

Several Asian and African community leaders have committed to speak at this social media event including Mr. Sandy Chau, the chairman of Civic Leadership USA, and Mr. Stephen Ward from the Boggs Center.

 Mr. Sandy Chau, a formidable Silicon Valley investor, entrepreneur, and philanthropist will share the stories about early Chinese entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley.

Ward is the author of “In Love and Struggle: The Revolutionary Lives of James and Grace Lee Boggs.” He will tell us of the impactful life of Grace Lee Boggs, a key figure in the Asian American Movement and a well-respected civic leader in both Asian and African American lives.

Both Chau and Ward will be joined by Kim Sherobbi, Gerald Green, Ken Fong, Carl Chan, Keith Koo, Gloria Young, Piyush Malik, Haipei Shue, Alex Anderson, and Hong Nguyen-Phuong as guest speakers.

California State Assemblymember Alex Lee and San Francisco Mayor London Breed will also join us to deliver keynote speeches.

Following these profound stories, we will hold a panel discussion that touches on

●      how we got to this critical point of hate and racism,

●      how we can end the madness,

●      what’s been done so far, and most importantly,

●      how we can rebuild the trust and live in unity.

Be a part of the solution. Join us and help build a united community for the health, safety, and prosperity of our friends and families. The event will be on Zoom and the Clubhouse App on Tuesday, December 7, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. Please register here.

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_nLjVwdgLQZK7HDblCELcdg

This forum is presented by Ding Ding TV, Silicon Valley Community Media, Civic Leadership USA, partner with James and Grace Lee Boggs Center, United Chinese American,  Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce, ASEI, APAPA – Asian Pacific Islanders American Public Affairs, Young & Lamei Association, United Asian Americans, AAUC, Care U,  and many other organizations and ethnic groups.

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New 2022 Grant Programs

Thank you for your interest in partnering with Civic Leadership USA in civic leadership development and coalition building among AAPIs and beyond. With diligent and thoughtful assistance from our Strategic Development Consultant, Julian Munoz, and our committed National Task Force Planning Committee, we have discussed and listened to many #AAPI organization leaders in developing a more relevant and comprehensive #grants guideline. The Request for Proposal (#RFP) of 2022 and appendix are truly a labor of love and teamwork. Together we can turn the tide.

For more details about RFP, check here.

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