Participatory Grantmaking

Each year, KACF invites donors to participate in our grant-making through our Community Grants Committee (CGC). The CGC is made up of volunteers with diverse personal and professional experiences. Following comprehensive training, members of the CGC visit applicant organizations under the guidance of the KACF’s Vice President of Programs and Operations, and they make funding recommendations to a smaller Board committee. 

Through the CGC, the Foundation develops a cohort of educated and engaged community volunteers, activists and strategic philanthropists. We believe it is the Foundation’s role to help those committed to philanthropy to join KACF in investing in solutions. 

Since 2008, more than 250 volunteers have participated in the opportunity to build a legacy of a stronger, more vibrant community through the KACF Community Grants Committee.

Thank you for your interest in participating in the 2022 Community Grants Committee. The application is now closed.


2022 Community Grants Committee Timeline

To ensure that you have the optimal experience and are fully prepared for the Committee’s work, you must commit to attending all three meetings listed below and participate in at least one site visit to which you will be assigned as part of a team.
At this time, we are planning for all meetings to be in-person, including the site visits. We will continue to monitor the latest COVID guidelines to ensure everyone’s safety.

1) Apply to join the CGC

All community members are invited to apply to join the CGC. We are accepting applications online until Wednesday, September 7, 2022. Selected applicants will be notified on Monday, September 12, 2022.

2) CGC Kick-Off Meeting – Tuesday, September 20, 2022 (6PM-8PM)

Through an interactive session, CGC members learn about challenges within the Korean American community and solutions from nonprofit organizations in the frontline.

3) Grantmaking 101 – Tuesday, September 27, 2022 (6PM-8PM)

CGC members learn about KACF’s mission and grant-making strategies. They gain the tools to conduct effective and thoughtful site visits.

4) Site Visits – October to November 2022

A site visit takes approximately three hours. It is an opportunity to learn more deeply about the issues and grassroots solutions.

5) Grant Recommendation Meeting – Tuesday, November 15, 2022 (6PM-8PM)

CGC members present learnings from the site visit and make recommendations to the Program Committee of the Board of Directors.

For more information about the CGC, please contact our VP of Programs & Operations, Brennan Gang, at

Korean American Community Foundation
135 East 64th Street, New York, NY 10065
  (646) 878-9427