COVID-19 Community Action Fund Grants Phase II

In 2020, KACF distributed three waves of COVID response grants to provide immediate and longer-term support to our nonprofit partners providing essential services to the most vulnerable Korean Americans.


With the pandemic still ongoing, KACF is offering Phase II of COVID Community Action Fund to address short- and long-term needs of our community.  Priority will be given to organizations that serve low-income Korean/Asian American individuals, families and communities.  


Nonprofits in Greater New York Area – Who Should Apply?  

Organizations that are addressing issues such as food insecurity, jobs, physical/mental health, housing, and other critical safety nets through direct service, community organizing, advocacy and research.  The funding could be for program expenses, staff (including non-programmatic), and general operating.    


Nonprofits Nationwide (including Greater New York Area) – Who Should Apply?

The pandemic has also laid bare deep rooted anti-Asian racism that caused physical, mental and financial harm over the past year and most recently in Atlanta.  We invite organizations that are addressing racism targeting the Asian American community and/or focused on racial equity, with particular interest in working across communities.  The focus of the work and/or impact must be relevant to the Greater New York area.  This could involve research, capacity building for community organizers, media campaigns, and more. We want to learn from the leaders on the ground on the needs and funding gaps.  




This grant is for one year, and the maximum grant amount is for $25,000. Deadline is on a rolling basis, but we encourage you to apply early. 


KACF does NOT provide grants to individuals.


We encourage organizations that have not previously applied or received funding from KACF to reach out to Brennan Gang, VP of Programs & Operations, at  


Here is an overview of how 2020 funds have been used to spearhead urgent relief efforts for individuals and families affected by COVID-19, as well as to support longer-term resilience. 

2020 First Wave of COVID-19 Community Action Fund Grants

  • Asian American Federation (AAF): $5,000 to provide in-language resources to Korean and Chinese small business owners about COVID-19 relief measures.
  • Asian Women’s Christian Association (AWCA): $10,000 to deliver Korean food baskets/grocery store gift cards to families facing economic hardship in the Bergen County, NJ area, as well as provide COVID-19 information in Korean, Japanese and Chinese through its hotline and KaKaoTalk.  
  • Korean-American Physicians Association of NY (KAMPANY): $10,000 to operate a COVID-19 medical hotline and offer telemedicine consultations in the Korean language. 
  • Korean American Civic Empowerment (KACE): $10,000 to provide information and legal counseling about small business COVID-19 relief packages and unemployment benefits.  
  • Korean Community Services (KCS): $10,000 to help people impacted by COVID-19 to complete applications for unemployment, Economic Injury Disaster loans, Small Business loans and other relief programs offered by the government, as well as enroll those who are eligible for public benefit programs.
  • Korean American Family Service Center (KAFSC): $10,000 to offer virtual and in-person counseling for families affected by intimate partner and family violence, in response to increased domestic violence during the pandemic.  
  • WomanKind: $5,000 to provide emergency shelter services for women and children affected by domestic violence, and to support increasing needs to care for clients and frontline staff during the pandemic. 

2020 Second Wave of COVID-19 Community Action Fund Grants

  • Asian American Federation (AAF): $5,000 to provide community education about anti-Asian racism and harassment, and to track hate crime cases.
  • Esther Ha Foundation: $10,000 to provide mental health support, specifically around anxiety during COVID-19, and trauma support for family members who have lost loved ones during the pandemic.
  • Family Touch: $10,000 to provide virtual family counseling and food boxes for seniors and low-income families.
  • MinKwon Center for Community Action: $35,000 to provide emergency cash assistance to eligible Korean American individuals and families in New Jersey who are excluded from major forms of emergency relief including federal stimulus funds, unemployment benefits, and SNAP food assistance.
  • Milal Mission in New York: $10,000 to provide online recreational and spiritual activities for people with disabilities to help them feel not isolated, reduce anxiety, and be engaged and active, as well as offer respite for parents.
  • Nanoom House: $20,000 to provide food and shelter serving as a critical haven for homeless Korean Americans during the pandemic.
  • YWCA of Queens: $10,000 for a weekly food pantry for 400 Korean Americans in Flushing, NY. 

2020 Third Wave of COVID-19 Community Action Fund Grants


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COVID-19 will continue to affect our nonprofit partners.
KACF is committed to sustaining our community through the crisis and toward long-term recovery.
Please support this ongoing work to restore the health and economic security of Korean Americans. 


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