Very Asian Creators Grant

Very Asian Foundation



Mar 19, 2023


Jan 26, 2023

The Very Asian Foundation (VAF) Creators Grant is an exciting microgrant opportunity for Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander individuals who have pivoted their careers toward their creative passions. Whether you’re a visual artist, a baker or chef, a writer, a podcaster, or a social media creator, the VAF Creators Grant program offers opportunities to amplify your voices and offer guidance or mentorship.

To be eligible, applicants must have shifted their job field or career path within the last 1-3 years and identify as an AANHPI.

The grant will be awarded to five individuals, each receiving $1000.

Vision and Mission
Shine a light on Asian experiences through advocacy and celebration, by providing micro-grants, support, and resources to AANHPI creators to amplify their voices and reach.

Program goals
* Creators receive resources and education to help reach their own goals
* VAF Creator Community development for connections and networking
* Creators feel pride and value in the building and amplifying their AANHPI voices through their craft
* “Graduated” grant recipients can help fundraise/amplify the VAF Creators Fund for future recipients

About the Very Asian Foundation
We are a journalist-founded, non-profit that was created after a racist voicemail attacked a news anchor for being “Very Asian” among many other things. The voicemail went viral and sparked a global moment of unity. We support the creation and amplification of Asian experiences all around the world, especially those that are underrepresented within our diaspora and mainstream media. Our mission is to shine a light on Asian experiences through advocacy and celebration, and we believe our unique stories deserve to be told in all of the places we live. We all deserve to bring our full humanity to our spaces.

About VAF Creators Fund
The Very Asian Creators Fund aims to provide financial support and mentorship opportunities to Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) individuals who are making a career pivot into a creative field and provide a launchpad to achieve their goals and make an impact in their communities and society.

The Very Asian Creators Fund also includes the idea that, by amplifying the voices, stories, and perspectives of AANHPI creatives and by providing a platform for them to share their work, this grant program can help change the representation and narratives in the creative industry, by providing a space for more diverse and underrepresented voices and perspectives to be visible.

Additionally, by providing mentorship opportunities, we hope to also help demystify the career pivot process and debunk myths hindering individuals in pursuit of their creative careers, by providing real-life examples of individuals who have gone through the process and made it.

The overarching goal of this grant program is to empower AANHPI individuals to make a successful transition into a creative career and to promote representation and diverse narratives in the creative industry, which will have a ripple effect on the community and society as a whole.


Eligibility Criteria
* A resident of the U.S.
* Identify as an AANHPI creator.
* All creative disciplines include but are not limited to artists, authors, journalists, content creators, podcasters, filmmakers, and food industry creators.
* Shifted their career path or job field to a creative passion in the last 1-3 years.
* Must be at least 21 years of age

Application Instructions

To apply for a Very Asian Creators Microgrant, click here.

Related Opportunities

Call for Submissions
Points of Promise
Asian American Arts Alliance (A4)