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Jersey City Mayor Fulop, Council President Lavarro partner with WHIAAPI to host Grant Writing Training

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JERSEY CITY, NJ – The White House Initiative on Asian American and Pacific Islanders New York/New Jersey Regional Network and the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF) held a free grant writing and technical training on June 9 that was attended by close to 100 representatives from non-profits and social service organizations in the metro area. 

The all-day training was hosted by the City of Jersey City, with the office of Mayor Steven Fulop and Council President Rolando Lavarro. 

"Jersey City is proud to partner with WHIAAPI NY/NJ Regional Network and APIAHF, and host this free training to show the nuts and bolts of applying for grants, and strengthen the capacity of organizations that serve Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders," said Council President Lavarro. 

The training consisted of basic aspects of grant writing, including preliminary planning, proposal development, and evaluation.  A panel of federal agencies participated, including: U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection; U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services; Small Business Administration; Social Security Administration; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health; U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; U.S. Department of Labor, Employee Benefits and Security Administration; U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration; U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs; and  U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Benefits Administration. 

Various Fil-Am organizations took part in the training, including Alliance for Cultural & Educational Services (ACES), Anakbayan, Pan American Concerned Citizens Action League (PACCAL), Phil-Com Center, Philippine-American Friendship Committee (PAFCOM), and United Federation of Fil-Am Educators. 

APIAHF Community Initiatives Director Marianne Chung noted, “Community based organizations provide valuable and critical services to their communities.  Often they do not have the resources and access to trainings to develop competitive proposals. Our hope is that through this grant-writing training, participants learn some key tips and approaches to strengthen their current and future proposals.” 

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The White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) is a government-wide initiative working to improve the quality of life for AAPIs across the country by connecting AAPIs to federal programs and resources. The Initiative’s Regional Network of more than 200 regionally based officials representing over 30 federal agencies works to connect local communities to federal resources. To learn more, visit


The Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF) influences policy, mobilizes communities, and strengthens programs and organizations to improve the health of  Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders across the US and its affiliated jurisdictions. Founded in 1986 with headquarters in San Francisco and an office in Washington DC, APIAHF is the oldest and largest national health advocacy organization working with AA and NHPI communities.

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