Asian American Center of Excellence (AACE)

FY2024 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, is soliciting micro-grant applications from eligible organizations to improve capacity, sustainability, and infrastructure of organizations that provide health and wellness programs and social support services to the County’s Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities. Micro-grants are being awarded for purchase of equipment, advancement of professional development, and hiring of capacity building consultants.

The micro-grants program is a part of AAHI’s Asian American Center of Excellence (AACE). As a part of AAHI’s evolving efforts in capacity building, AAHI has formed the Asian American Center of Excellence (AACE). The goal of the AACE is to support Asian American-serving community-organizations in developing and increasing their capacity to successfully provide health, wellness, and social support programs and services. AAHI has contracted the Primary Care Coalition (PCC) to oversee the administration and implementation of the AACE micro-grants program.


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

AACE micro-grants will not fund:

  1. Projects or costs that are covered by current contracts with the County or other funding by more than 50%
  2. Reimbursement for previous projects or costs
  3. Organizations that failed to satisfy past contractual obligations 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
  8. Trainings the occur before or after the grant period


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, 2022.


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. There is no minimum award amount.

Awards will be distributed in two installments. The first installment of 75% of the award amount will be disbursed at the start of the grant cycle. The remaining 25% will be disbursed in May, pending a successful mid-point check-in.

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 $101,000. The funding is allocated as following:

  • $35,000 available for purchase of equipment
  • $35,000 available for professional development
  • $31,000 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 9:00 AM EST on Monday, February 12, 2024.

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


The grant period for the AACE micro-grants will start on March 18, 2024 and end on June 30, 2024.

Key Dates:

  • RFP publication date: Thursday, January 11, 2024
  • Applications open: Monday, January 15, 2024
  • Informational Workshop: Thursday, January 18, 2024 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM EST (Watch the recording here:
  • Proposal due date: 9:00 AM EST on Monday, February 12, 2024
  • Notification of Awards: Friday, March 8, 2024
  • Program start: Monday, March 18, 2024
  • Program end: Sunday, June 30, 2024
  • Final report due date: Friday, July 19, 2024