Asian American Center of Excellence (AACE)

FY23 Micro-Grants for Capacity Building

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The Asian American Health Initiative (AAHI), a part of the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services, has awarded 10 local organizations a total of $71,000 as a part of their Asian American Center of Excellence (AACE) Micro-Grants funding opportunity. The AACE was launched in January, 2023 with the goal of supporting Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI)-serving community-organizations in developing and increasing their capacity to successfully provide health, wellness, and social support programs and services. As a part of AACE, AAHI offered micro-grants to improve the capacity, sustainability, and infrastructure of smaller AAPI community-based organizations, faith-based institutions, and nonprofits.
A total of 17 organizations submitted proposals request over $190,000. The following 10 organizations received funding:

All grantees were notified on March 7 of their award and have until June 30, 2023 to make the capacity building changes to their organizations.

Please check back for announcements around the next AACE Micro-Grant cycle. The below information pertains to the Fiscal Year 2023 grant cycle, which has now closed.


AACE micro-grants will be provided for activities that build organizational capacity under the following categories.


Purchase of equipment that will support the organization’s growth, enable better data collection, and/or allow for improved operations.


  • Tablets to collect demographic data
  • Laptops for key staff to compile reports, review applications, and conduct organization business
  • Purchase of software or services


Enrollment in professional development courses or activities for staff or volunteer personnel to improve or expand the delivery of health and wellness services.


  • Enrollment in project management certificate programs and exam fees
  • Enrollment in health and wellness trainings and certificate
  • Attendance at conferences, learning cohorts, or other professional development opportunities


Hire consultant(s) or contractor(s) for specialized services to improve organization’s ability to provide services, elevate business practices, and/or increase collaborations.


  • Contractor to build a website or a special application
  • Consultant to help with strategic planning
  • Consultant to create multilingual health education materials

The following types of services/projects will NOT BE FUNDED through AACE micro-grants:

  1. Projects or costs that are covered by current contracts with the County or other funding
  2. Reimbursement for previous projects or costs
  3. Organizations that have an outstanding contractual obligation with the County or PCC
  4. Partial or full salary costs for staff
  5. Operating costs for direct services to clients (see question #8 in FAQs for more information on this)
  6. Cultural, religious, political, or community events or celebrations
  7. Purchase of food


To be eligible for a grant award under this program the applicant organization must:

  1. Be a nonprofit corporation with either 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) tax-exempt status;
  2. Have an annual budget of less than $3,500,000; AND
  3. Have been continuously delivering health and wellness programs or social support services to diverse AAPI communities in Montgomery County, MD since July 1, 2021.


AACE micro-grants are one-time competitive awards and will be awarded up to $5,000 per category. No organization will receive more than $15,000 collectively across all three funding categories. Awards will be determined after a competitive review of all completed proposals. Community organizations of all sizes are encouraged to apply as there is no minimum award amount to apply. This opportunity is meant to boost the capacity of smaller, underfunded organizations.

The total funding available is $70,000. The funding is allocated as following:

  • $25,000 available for purchase of equipment
  • $25,000 available for professional development
  • $20,000 available for consultants


Applications will undergo a primary technical review to ensure all required information has been provided and that the application meets all eligibility criteria including annual budget size.  Following that, applications will be reviewed by a panel of representatives from PCC, AAHI, Montgomery County Government, and/or community leaders. Panelists will review, evaluate, and rank applications according to the scoring criteria. Final awardees and award amounts will be decided by AAHI and PCC.

All awards will be subject to PCC Terms and Conditions as PCC is the contractor to distribute funds.


All applicants should visit AAHI’s Community Grants Online Portal to access the application. New applicants to AAHI’s Community Grants Online Portal should click the link to create their profile and access the applications. Applicants that have created a profile for the Healthy Communities Fund should login with their existing credentials and click on the “Apply” tab to access the application.

All applicants must complete the online application by 11:59 p.m. EST on Sunday, February 12, 2023.

Organizations may reach out to for assistance in the application process.


The grant period for the AACE micro-grants will start on March 6, 2023 and end on June 30, 2023.

Key Dates:

  • RFP publication date: Friday, January 13, 2023
  • Applications open: Tuesday, January 17, 2023
  • Informational Workshop: Monday, January 23, 2023 from 6pm to 7:30pm EST (Watch the recording HERE)
  • Proposal due date: 9:00 AM EST on Monday, February 13, 2023
  • Announcement of Awards: Wednesday, March 1, 2023
  • Program start: Monday, March 6, 2023
  • Program end: Friday, June 30, 2023
  • Final report due date: Monday, July 10, 2023
  • Grantee close-out interviews: Tuesday, July 11, 2023 to Friday. July 21, 2023