The API Equity Budget



*UPDATE: The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) released the request for applications (RFA) for the first $20 M to support victim services in 2021-2022. The deadline for applications is December 17, 2021. To learn more about the RFA, please click here.


*UPDATEThe California State Library is hosting ONE listening session to hear from the community and get informed on the design for the ethnic media grant program. The listening session will take place Thursday, December 2 from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM. To register and learn more, please click here


On July 12, 2021, the California legislature and Governor Newsom passed the Asian and Pacific Islander (API) Equity budget. The API Equity Budget, sponsored by the API Legislative Caucus, is a historic 3-year investment of $166.5 million in California’s API community. The budget will be used to fund critical resources in response to the surge in anti-API hate, as well as address the longstanding racial inequities that have harmed the API community for generations.


How $166.5 Million Benefits the API Community


Shaking hands icon$110 million to the California Department of Social Services, who will work with the Commission on Asian & Pacific Islander American Affairs to distribute funds directly to community-based organizations that provide services to help victims of hate crimes and help hate crime prevention services.


Computer icon$10 million to the AAPI Data Project to improve data equity by conducting policy research and demographic data for the API community.



Stop AAPI Hate Logo$10 million to support the Stop AAPI Hate coalition. This coalition tracks, responds, and helps prevent incidents of anti-API hate.



Communications icon$10 million to ethnic media outlets to improve outreach to API and other underserved California communities about grants and helpful services.



Hand holding scale icon$10 million to an anti-bias block grant that provides funding to schools to create restorative justice programs, providing safe spaces for students and staff to share their experiences with racialized hate and macroaggressions.



Communication icon $5 million to fund a peer social network for APIs to connect with and support each other through the use of social media.



Higher education icon  $1.5 million to fund a workgroup, coordinated by the Commission on Asian & Pacific Islander American Affairs, to address educational attainment for low-income, first-generation API college students.



Telephone icon$10 million to create a new Statewide Reporting Hotline. The hotline will be run by a nonprofit entity and will serve as a single centralized hub for individuals to report hate crimes and incidents. Callers will also be connected, in-langauge, to the appropriate local resources and services. 


In partnership with:

                                                                                       Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander American Affairs Logo      Stop AAPI Hate Logo                   


Updated 10/15/2021