Application Guidelines

All nonprofit organizations that are invited to apply for a grant through the Cathay Bank Foundation must first submit a Letter of Intent (LOI). LOIs should include the following information:

  1. Name of organization
  2. Mission Statement
  3. Amount of grant request
  4. Name of project or type of program support
  5. Intended use of grant proceeds
  6. Geographical location(s) served
  7. Target market served (e.g. LMI population, children, youth, seniors and immigrants)
  8. Outcomes/results and other quantifiable impacts generated by organization's programs and services

Once your LOI has been received, it will be reviewed for Grant eligibility and consideration. If the request is within our Grant guidelines and budget, your organization may be invited to complete our full grant application form for consideration. Organizations requested to submit a full application must complete the Grant Application form and provide the following information:

  1. Letter of tax-exempt status under the 501c(3) of the IRS Code
  2. Federal tax identification number if different from the 501c(3)
  3. Cover letter, including the mission of the organization, total amount requested and purpose of the funds
  4. Description of the organization with a brief history, specific programs offered and program objectives, significant highlights of the organization, number of people and geographic areas served, staff list and job titles and years in operation
  5. Operating budget for the past two years
  6. List of corporate and foundation contributors and amounts contributed
  7. Identify if organization is a CDFI or a CDC
  8. List of officers and Board of Directors
  9. Marketing/Communications materials such as Annual Report (if available) or brochures describing programs and services
  10. Itemized project costs related to the program
  11. Information about the method in which the contribution will be used
  12. Audited financial statements (minimum 2 years)
  13. Method of determining clients' financial eligibility

Please send your completed application form accompanied by all supporting documents requested in duplicate to:

Cathay Bank Foundation
9650 Flair Drive
El Monte, CA 91731
We do not accept unsolicited grant proposals from any organization. All unsolicited grant proposals and/or sponsorship requests will be declined.

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