2023 Grantee Spotlights

In December 2023, the AAPI Commission awarded 23 community organizations with a total of $47,000 from our Small Grants Fund. Each organization does critical work in their communities. Read on to learn about just some of the amazing organizations.


ASPIRE is bringing back the Asian American Women in Leadership Conference this November 9th at Simmons University. We aim to build a cross-generational community through our programming that will connect and establish a network of Asian American women. The keynote address, small group activities, and workshops will equip attendees with culturally and socially relevant frameworks to become better leaders. We welcome students and professionals at all levels. Find out more on https://www.aawil.org/.

Boston Korean Adoptees

They aim to build a community of transracial adoptees and allies across New England. They collaborate with community partners on adoptee-centric programming, including panels and workshops.

MAP for Health

MAP for Health is a nonprofit organization that aims to empower and uplift AAPI LGBTQ+ youth to lead healthy lives. They had planned to use the funds for their Lavender Enchantment event happening later this month. It is a queer and trans AAPI drag brunch.

OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates of New England

OCA is dedicated to advancing the social, political, and economic wellbeing of AAPIs. They are using their funds towards a Youth Leadership Council, to develop vital leadership skills, be a catalyst for change, and inspire participants to reach their full potential. The Youth Council empowers high schoolers with crucial leadership skills to become future leaders. Our mentorship initiative nurtures the next generation of AAPI leaders by cultivating meaningful relationships and imparting essential skills. They will be holding their first public Scholarship Banquet to celebrate our youth scholarship winners on Sunday, June 9th at 5:00pm at China Pearl Quincy Restaurant.

Rayna Lo Art

Rayna Lo has led workshops for the AAPI community and beyond to create a space for creativity that celebrates Asian traditions and more. She teaches traditional Chinese calligraphy to preserve culture and to be a bridge to those that are not familiar with the culture. She teaches our youth how to make red envelopes to celebrate Lunar New Year. In addition, she teaches at local public schools, especially their AAPI affinity groups to ensure the AAPI students have access to enriching arts programming. Rayna is thankful for the AAPI commission in supporting her mission to bring valuable arts education to the community! She is dedicated in creating a space for exploration, experimentation, and creative expression.

Vietnamese American Volunteer Association of Boston, Inc. (VAVA of Boston)

We are the Vietnamese American Volunteer Association of Boston, Inc. (VAVA of Boston). Thank you AAPIC once again for giving us the $2000 grant this year to help with the many expenses to run our program, Van Lang, the Vietnamese Language School. Our program aims to teach the Vietnamese language and culture to children primarily 7 to 14 years old. In recent years, we have also included a class for adults and late teens. Our Program’s goal is to expose our students to the Vietnamese language and culture through reading, writing, singing, and storytelling. As a language school, our “event” runs over many weeks and months from September to May.