The AAA-ICDR Foundation established the Rapid Response Fund to support critical programs outside of its regular grant cycle. The Rapid Response Fund enables the Foundation to quickly award grants to not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organizations, whose work fits the Foundation’s mission and addresses urgent and pressing current events. Grants awarded through the Rapid Response Fund are capped at $25,000 each. Potential grantees are identified by the Foundation and invited to apply. The following are the past areas of focus for the Rapid Response Fund and grants given under the Fund:
Utilizing mediation to assist Ukraine following the Russian invasion:
Mediators Beyond Borders International.
Mission: We build local capacities for peace, advocate for mediation, and facilitate the transformation of conflict globally.
Grant Purpose: work in partnership with the National Association of Mediators of Ukraine on trauma awareness for mediators and dialogue facilitators. That partnership is dedicated to not only reducing conflict and violence, but also to improving access to justice in Ukraine and helping displaced Ukrainians.
Mission: Project Kesher’s mission is to build Jewish community and advance civil society by developing and empowering women leaders.
Grant Purpose: The grant purpose is to empower Ukrainian women leaders with the knowledge and skills to get a seat at the table and impart mediation based practices in negotiations to promote gender equality and a post-war vision that inspires hope. The grant will also go towards mentoring participants in integrating mediation tools in their community building work. To learn more, visit.
Community based organizations focused on reducing the increase of conflict and violence in the United States:
Mission: BUILD inspires hope and offers opportunities so youth facing systemic obstacles can achieve positive futures.
Grant Purpose: The past 20 months have particularly challenging for the communities BUILD serves, with multiple crises – the ongoing pandemic, for which decades of systemic racism and health inequities have placed BUILD’s youth and families at heightened risk; racial justice uprisings and unrest; and spiking gun violence - driving an increased need for all BUILD’s services in our communities, and particularly mental health, crisis response, and emergency support. BUILD has responded by dramatically growing our mental health and outreach teams: our clinical and community wellness department now employs 35 staff - therapists, Mobile Mental Health, Crisis Response Unit, case managers, care coordinators, and community navigators - providing services to youth and families affected by violence, trauma, and incarceration. With need still significantly outstripping capacity, grant funds would support BUILD’s mental health component, which brings critical mental health care directly to those who need it most.
Mission: In our 30th year in Oakland, Youth ALIVE!’s mission is to prevent violence and create young leaders in our city’s quest for peace and equity.
Grant Purpose: To support our programs to reduce violence in Oakland, including our 24/7 violent incident rapid response system, through which our Violence Interruption team will conduct 104 mediations among groups, gangs and individuals; 90% will be resolved by agreement of both parties; our hospital-based violence intervention staff, to discourage retaliation and provide intensive, trauma informed case management to 85 victims, beginning at their hospital bedsides. We will conduct 30 victim relocations; our mental health counselors will provide 120 hours of therapy; our violence prevention educators will train 50 teens from our neighborhoods hardest hit by violence to be leaders and peer educators. The impact will be felt primarily by a marginalized community who bear the brunt of violence in Oakland, by hundreds of victims and families otherwise left to cope with conflict, trauma and the daily threat of violence alone. In that, the entire city will be lifted up.
CHRIS 180 Inc.
Mission: Our mission is to heal children and strengthen families and build community.
Grant Purpose: Funding will allow CHRIS 180 to continue providing the residents of Neighborhood Planning Unit V with a community-based violence intervention program using the Cure Violence model by interrupting the transmission of retaliatory violence, supporting, and facilitating residents identified as high-risk for committing violence through a change in thinking, and creating opportunities for community norms to change toward a non-violent culture.
Gangstas Making Astronomical Community Changes Inc.
New York, NY
Mission: Gangstas Making Astronomical Community Changes Inc.’s. (G.-M.A.C.C. Inc.’s) mission is to make positive change by reaching out to residents of all ages in communities ravaged by gun violence and gang activity. By providing tools and resources to young and old alike, G.-M.A.C.C. Inc. helps people reflect, learn, act and evolve to embrace the healthy, caring, stable individual within, and to transform the surrounding community through positivity and activism.
Grant Purpose: Co-producing public safety and decreasing gun violence is at the forefront of our work. Communities will benefit from our increased presence throughout NYC which will decrease violence. Our programs help mediate conflicts in an effort to see a decline in gun related incidents this year. Through investing in a convening of CBO’s focused on combating the epidemic of gun violence our annual goals will be actualized.
Conflict resolution focused programs that help combat rising hate in the United States against Asian American and Pacific Islander communities:
Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC)
Mission: Our mission is to advance the civil and human rights for Asian Americans and to build and promote a fair and equitable society for all.
Grant Purpose: Asian Americans Advancing Justice - AAJC is working to address the Asian American community’s needs in combatting anti-Asian hate through the following three-pronged approach: 1) Raise awareness of anti-Asian hate through community outreach, documentation, and advocacy; 2) Prevent hate crimes and hate incidents through education and intervention, including bystander intervention and conflict de-escalation trainings, and building capacity of local Asian American community organizations; and 3) Respond to hate crimes and hate incidents to ensure our communities are supported through developing national infrastructure and building the capacity of local Asian American community organizations that provide support services, and through coordination with federal, state, and local governments to be responsive to community needs.
Asian Pacific American Dispute Resolution Center (APADRC)
Los Angeles, CA
Mission: Founded as a multicultural conflict resolution center in 1989 to serve the diverse and historically underserved communities of LA, the Asian Pacific American Dispute Resolution Center (APADRC) aims to cultivate peace through our culturally competent ADR services that improve interpersonal and community relations.
Grant Purpose: To support AAPI programming and increase dialogues led by Asian community members to increase understanding of what is means to be Asian American and build intraracial and interracial compassion.
National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Law Foundation
Mission: The Foundation’s mission is to educate and to serve Asian Pacific Americans (APAs) and their communities. The NAPABA Law Foundation promotes the development, advancement, leadership, and public service of APAs in the legal profession through fellowships, scholarships, education, and community partnerships.
Grant Purpose: The NAPABA Law Foundation will develop an anti-COVID-19 Bullying Toolkit containing template advocacy letters and press releases, digests of applicable federal and state laws and resource guides (including counseling options) for students and their families and 2) to equip and train local NAPABA affiliates on legal and non-legal responses to bullying and interacting with school officials.
National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA)
Mission: The National Council of Asian Pacific Americans is a coalition of 38 national Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) organizations around the country. NCAPA is project of the Tides Center based in Washington D.C. NCAPA serves to represent the interests of the greater AAPI communities, the fastest growing racial group in the nation, and to provide a national voice for Asian American and Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander issues.
Grant Purpose: The project aims to support the existing response framework of NCAPA, so that member organizations can convene, strategize and share information to inform their own work in responding to anti-Asian racism and encouraging cross-racial solidarity.