The Asian American Health Initiative (AAHI) has determined that sustained funding is needed to facilitate community-based organizations (CBOs) and faith-based organizations (FBOs) providing linguistically and culturally appropriate services to the diverse Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities in Montgomery County, Maryland. The Asian American Health Initiative has launched Healthy Communities Fund (HCF) to accomplish this goal. In partnership with the Primary Care Coalition of Montgomery County Maryland Inc. (PCC), AAHI and PCC seek to fund programs in behavioral health, senior wellness, and health & social support services.
Each fiscal year, AAHI publishes a Request for Proposal for HCF to solicit applications from eligible 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) organizations to provide services to Asian American and Pacific Islander communities in Montgomery County Maryland. Community organizations of all sizes are encouraged to apply as there is no minimum award amount to apply. Organizations are facilitated in preparing to apply through informational sessions, technical assistance meetings and consultations with grant writing experts at no charge.
AAPI communities are very diverse and have unique challenges collectively and individually. With 15 different Asian American subgroups in the community, and unique needs in each subgroup, programing must be tailored for each subgroup with consideration to the language and culture of the population being served. Through the Healthy Communities Fund, AAHI wishes to accomplish its mission of improving the health and wellness of Asian American residents and communities in Montgomery County Maryland.