• Responding to the Health Needs of
    Asian Americans
  • Montgomery
    Department of Health
    and Human Services

The Asian American Health Initiative 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 communities in Montgomery County, Maryland. The Asian American Health Initiative has launched Healthy Communities Fund 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.

This Request for Proposal is to solicit applications from eligible organizations to provide health services to Asian American and Pacific Islander communities in Montgomery County Maryland. Services can include but are not limited to behavioral health, senior wellness, and health & social support services. Community organizations of all sizes are encouraged to apply as there is no minimum award amount to apply.




All proposed programs should address at least one of the funding categories listed below. You may select one, multiple, or all of the funding categories. Select all that apply and indicate your selection in the online application (see “HOW TO APPLY” on page 5).  These funding categories are for the direct benefit of the AAPI communities. Funding categories are not ranked by order of importance. Service examples are not exhaustive. Organizations are encouraged to propose services, within the described funding categories, that can best address the specific needs of the communities they serve. Organizations are encouraged to include partners if it creates more impactful programming. However, partnerships are not required.


Provide linguistically accessible and culturally appropriate services that improve health and/or enhance access to health or social support services


  • Culturally responsive food assistance efforts such as community food pantries, food distributions, or hot meals distributions
  • Supportive services for new immigrants (career training, financial planning, immigration, healthcare)
  • Culturally relevant healthy cooking classes based on regional dietary practices/preferences


Reduce stigma around seeking behavioral and mental health services and encourage people to seek treatment


  • Programs aimed at diversifying the mental health workforce
  • Providing counseling services in common Asian languages
  • Programs that focus on youth suicide prevention


Provide linguistically accessible information and social support to AAPI seniors


  • Reducing social isolation and loneliness among Asian American seniors
  • Conducting workforce development among AAPI to provide senior wellness services
  • Culturally specific AAPI Adult Day Centers

The following types of services are not eligible for an award through Healthy Communities Fund:

  1. Social media programs – programs or services that are primarily targeting social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, WeChat, IMO, Instagram, YouTube, TikTok, Snapchat, LinkedIn, etc.)
  2. Online content production and distribution (distribution can have an online component but not solely online)
  3. Religious events/celebrations (religious events can be used to provide services, but funding cannot be used to solely pay for religious celebrations)
  4. Cultural events/celebrations (cultural events can be used to provide services, but funding cannot be solely used to pay for cultural celebrations)
  5. Political events/celebrations
  6. Services that do not capture the age, race, gender, and zip-code of the client.


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. Provide services to Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Montgomery County, Maryland. Applicants may be located in other jurisdictions, but the proposed program(s) must serve only residents of Montgomery County.
  3. Be registered and in good standing with the State of Maryland or adjacent jurisdiction. Have all appropriate licenses and insurance consistent with the Primary Care Coalition terms and conditions.
  4. Have been continuously delivering one or more culturally- and linguistically competent services to ethnically and economically diverse Asian American and Pacific Islander communities in Montgomery County, MD since July 1, 2020.
  5. Have the ability and capacity to provide services throughout the term of the grant period which ends June 30, 2023.
  6. Have an established or ability to establish a mechanism to collect client data such as age, race, gender, and zip-code.


The services provided under this grant must be tailored to serve Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Montgomery County Maryland only.


Applications will only be accepted online here (https://www.grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=pcc).  Applicants can click on the link to create their profile and complete the online application by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, October 2, 2022.

Organizations may reach out to aahi@montgomerycountymd.gov for assistance in the application process.

Incomplete applications will not be reviewed or considered for an award.


  • RFP publication date:  August 23, 2022
  • Applications open:  September 1, 2022
  • Informational Workshop:  September 6, 2022, from 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM EDT
    (You can listen to the recording of this workshop here and view the PowerPoint slides here.)
  • Technical Assistance Appointments:  September 7, 2022 – September 23, 2022, from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM ETD
    (30-minute appointments are available on a first-come, first-served basis to provide technical assistance on the application process.
    Proposal review or program guidance will not be provided.
    Appointments can be made at https://calendly.com/aahimd/healthycommunities
  • Proposal due date:  11:59 PM on October 2, 2022
  • Organizational Interview:  October 7, 2022 – October 14, 2022
    (30-minute structured interview will be scheduled to provide applicants to explain their written proposal and clarify any confusion. This interview will be optional but awarded 5 bonus points for attending.)
  • Announcement of Awards:  October 24, 2022
  • Program start:  November 1, 2022
  • Bimonthly Meetings:  Every organization’s designated grant program manager must participate in meetings every other month to discuss program implementation. A schedule of meetings will be provided upon program start.
  • Progress Reports: Progress reports will be due by the 10th of every month.
  • Program end:  June 30, 2023
  • Final report due date:  July 15, 2023