funding social change in the Greater Boston Asian community
Saffron Circle is a giving circle serving the Greater Boston Asian and Asian American community. Our members pool resources to provide critical support for non-profits, from established organizations to emerging programs. We seek to fund initiatives that will leverage our contributions and positively impact the Asian community.
Last Year's Grantees
Saffron Circle awarded QARI with a $7,500 grant to support a range of services dedicated to increasing voter turnout in Quincy. Services will include free citizenship education to help new immigrants navigate the naturalization process and mobilizing clients to exercise their right to vote upon becoming citizens.
a $7,500 grant to support the only immigrant and refugee leadership program in Revere. Funds will support their civic engagement program which will provide Revere youth with educational workshops on civic and social issues, and mobilize youth to conduct voter registration and outreach.
Apply for a Grant
Saffron Circle grants generally range from $5,000-10,000. Saffron Circle grants will also target collaborative models, organizations/projects that directly engage members of Asian communities to create change in their community, and new and emerging agencies.
The funding foci of 2019 are:
Saffron Circle's grantee application process will begin in March 2019, with applications due by May 1, 2019. Members meet through the months of March, April and May with decisions made by the beginning of June.
Saffron Circle funds non-profit organizations serving Asian and Asian American communities in Massachusetts. For non-Asian organizations, funds will only be rewarded for programs directly related to serving Asians or Asian Americans. Eligible organizations must be located in Massachusetts and tax-exempt (either 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(3)-sponsored).
Saffron Circle does not make grants to individuals, scholarships/fellowships, programs with religious purposes, political parties/candidates, government organizations, or building campaigns.