Asia Connection: Grants for Global Health

OVERVIEW: The Asia Connection focuses its global health grantmaking on a relatively wide variety of causes, including HIV/AIDS prevention and provision of medical supplies.

IP TAKE: At least one Asia Connection board member needs to be familiar with grant recipients and their work, so grantseekers must network to gain funding attention here.

PROFILE: Based in California, the Asia Connection was established by a group of like-minded individuals who had spent time volunteering at the Minh Quay Hospital during the Vietnam War. Founded in 2000, the Asia Connection seeks to “provide financial assistance for agencies and individuals involved in health and welfare projects as well as for emergency relief in needy parts of the world, with a particular focus on Asia.” Its grantmaking appears to prioritize nonprofits working in Vietnam, Cambodia and Bangladesh.

Asia Connection supports both religious and non-religious outfits. This funder does not award many grants each year, usually fewer than 10. Award amounts can range anywhere from $2,000 to $80,000, but most fall between $15,000 to $20,000. This foundation supports “health and welfare activities,” and in the past, grants have supported efforts in HIV/AIDS prevention. Asia Connection awards both program specific and operating support grants.

Recent tax filings show a tendency to stick with grantees for multi-year support. That’s not to say that new organizations don’t gain its attentions, but first-time grantseekers can expect a good deal of funding competition from existing grantees.

Asia Connection does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding, and at least one board member must be familiar with grant recipients or potential recipients and their work.

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